LET'S ENCOURAGE PREGNANT WOMEN AND NEW MOMS TO PREVENT DRA
Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA), is the separation of the rectus abdominis down the linea alba. While it is a terrifying thought for most, DRA is a reality for up to 70% of pregnant and postpartum women. The good news is that it can be prevented by maintaining a strong core and removing myths about pre- and postnatal exercise.
DRA has become a hot topic as more and more fitness profe advertise programs that promise to prevent or fix it. These programs have introduced several strong opinions into the discussion including avoiding crunches and the prone position or abstaining from core exercises during pregnancy and postpartum.
Unfortunately, many of the common recommendations for addressing DRA are based on grains of truth or best guesses and do not take into consideration much of the recent research.
Science has proven that crunches and other common core exercises can be used to both prevent and treat DRA.