Your diastasis recti – the ab separation that 100% of women have by 35 weeks of pregnancy – can improve on its own. But without any intervention (specialized exercises, taping, hands-on techniques to actively reduce the gap), where you’re at 8 weeks postpartum is where you’ll be at one year postpartum and beyond.
Why does this matter? Significant diastasis recti can result in back pain and pelvic muscle dysfunction and make working out harder — and way less effective.
Luckily, a well-trained women’s health or pelvic physical therapist can help.