Diastasis Recti

Marianne was recently interviewed by the Today show on NBC for a segment addressing Diastasis Recti.

Although diastasis recti is normal for pregnant women, according to Marianne Ryan, a New York-based physical therapist, for some women, the muscles don't shrink back down on their own.

"Hormones during pregnancy cause your muscles to loosen up to pass the baby and accommodate stretching skin and bone separation," Ryan said. "Your six-pack muscles essentially separate in two halves."

And for those who don't see their stomach flatten out by eight weeks postpartum, they can face a magnitude of health issues.

"It can be pretty painful," said Ryan. "Women can experience pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse and painful sex."

But even for women who didn't experience problems with the condition directly after pregnancy, Ryan warns that jumping back into workouts too quickly can exacerbate the problem.

"If you go back to vigorous exercise, you can really make diastasis recti a problem," Ryan said. "The system isn't always strong enough after birth, and added pressure to the core muscles can cause the symptoms to get even worse."

Here is a link to the segment

Today Show Diastasis Recti

MARIANNE RYAN PT, OCS is an award-winning author, physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist with more than 30 years’ experience treating prenatal and postpartum women. She is the owner and Clinical Director of Marianne Ryan Physical Therapy in New York City and the creator of the groundbreaking DIY “Baby Bod” program, which is the first of its kind to bridge the gap between medical care and fitness advice. As a leading women’s health expert (and a mom), Marianne is passionate about helping women reclaim their changed bodies, whether they are pregnant, recently took part in the joy of birth or are experiencing the “joy” of menopause. Watch her TEDX video, “What Your Momma Never Told You About Childbirth” at

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