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ADVANCING PRACTICE Mind the gap: diastasis of the rectus abdominis muscles in pregnant and postnatal women

Penny Champion

Midwife holding a one-to-one caseload, based at Basildon and Thurrock Univeristy Hospital in Essex

 (May 2015)

This article looks at the abdominal physiology of pregnant and postnatal women, the incidence of diastasis recti abdominis and the possible risk factors for this condition. The longer-term implications of this condition, the effects of exercise, indicators for referral and future pregnancies are discussed. Key practice points and resources for midwives and women are offered.