Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA)
What is Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA)?
Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) refers to the partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, measured by a separation wider than 2.7cm between the left and right recti muscles.
Causes of DRA
Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) is caused by the stretching of one’s connective collagen tissue due to excessive inner-abdominal pressure.
Pregnancy & DRA
The rectus abdominis, commonly known as the six-pack muscle, has a fibrous cord and connective tissue running down the centre, which is known as the linea alba. Pregnancy simultaneously stretches the abdominal muscles to accommodate the growing baby while releasing natural pregnancy hormones to loosen the connective tissue.
Illustration of a woman with no diastasis (left) and a woman with diastasis during pregnancy (center) and after pregnancy (right).
Risk Factors & Complications
DRA occurs in both pregnant and postpartum women, and seeking prompt Diastasis Recti treatment in Singapore is now available with advanced treatment technology.
- Having a larger baby, twins or a large amount of amniotic fluid
- Multiple childbirths
- Being pregnant over the age of 35
- Intense pushing during childbirth
- Improper breathing during childbirth
- Weak pre-pregnancy abdominal muscles
- Overuse of abdominal muscles during the third trimester
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