Abdominal Muscle Separation


Abdominal separation refers to the separation of the long muscles of the abdomen (also known as the rectus abdominus or 'six pack').

Separation occurs as the abdominal wall adjusts to allow room for the growing baby during pregnancy and can occur any time from the first trimester. You may not notice an abdominal sepatation until later in your pregnancy or after delivery.

Abodminal muscle separation may also be known as Diastasis of the Rectus Abdominis Muscle (DRAM).

Why is this occurring?

  • Changes of pregnancy which increase the stretch of ligaments
  • Increase in the size of your stomach due to your growing baby
  • A genetic predisposition for increased stretch of ligaments
  • Excessive weight gain in pregnancy
  • Twin pregnancy
  • Subsequent births

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • A gap running down the centre of your abdominals
  • Abdominal muscles “doming” when you go to sit up
  • Weakness through your abdominal or core muscles
  • Poor posture
  • Back pain

What can be done to help me?

Education about what things to avoid to ensure your DRAM doesn’t become worse.

A staged abdominal core strength program to help build up your strength in a safe way allow you to return to exercise

Provision of “suitable” abdominal support garments