diastasis recti pictures before and after

Wondering If You Have Diastasis Recti? These Pictures Will Help You Figure It Out

Yes! These pictures prove you can heal your mommy tummy

Are you struggling to figure out if you have diastasis recti? Or wondering if there is hope for healing it? These diastasis recti pictures will help.

This is your visual guide to diastasis recti. You will learn

  • what it looks like
  • how you can tell if you have it or not
  • how to identify it in postpartum and pregnancy
  • and see visual proof that other moms have healed their ab separation (and you can too!)

But first, if you are unsure what diastasis recti symptoms are, take a look at this post to find out more.

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Diastasis Recti Tummy Pictures – This Is What DR Looks Like

Are you wondering what diastasis recti is, with pictures? I know, some things are easier to see. These diastasis recti belly pictures show you exactly what diastasis looks like. Do you see yourself in here?

Diastasis Recti Can Look Like Your Belly Doming In

If you have a gap between your abs when you lay down, and your skin seems to sink down into your body, that is a sign of diastasis recti. This often looks like a sunken in vertical line between your abdominal muscles.

This is what it looks like when people say diastasis recti is a doming in of your abs:

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“I grew up hearing a lot of dismissive comments about my body. For as long as I can remember I was the “tiny girl” who had stick legs and couldn’t put on any weight. I was the one who could never donate blood, who got denied three separate times to join the military, and who was ALWAYS told “you’re so tiny!!” All because of my weight. I complained about my insecurities all the time, my skinny legs, my skinny arms, my flat butt, all I heard back every time was “shut up you’re so skinny, who cares.” It felt like my insecurities didn’t matter because I was so small. After I had Alayna, my body went back to how it was before pretty quick. After Hailey however, it did not. I sit in front of the mirror and cry at my body. I take longer showers just to inspect every square inch of extra skin on my stomach. I run my fingers along the stretch marks on my thighs almost instinctively. I still get told to this day how “tiny” I am. But underneath my clothes, I see the same things on my body that you see on yours. Insecurities. It doesn’t matter if they are big, or small, we all have them. We all struggle with self love and confidence and acceptance. But, I am trying. My girls remind me every single day, that I DID that. My self love is not where I want it to be, but I can at least say, I did the damn thing. So, to the people who have insecurities, to the moms that emotionally can’t accept their new bodies, and to those who are struggling to LOVE YOURSELF. We got this. If you need something to drink to, drink to that.”⠀ Words and 📷 by @slytheringibson

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Diastasis Recti Can Look Like Your Belly Coning Out

If your belly looks round and lose when you stand, like you are still pregnant, even though you are not pregnant, you probably have diastasis recti.

This diastasis recti picture shows you what people mean when they say the diastasis belly cones out.

Often, if you have diastasis, your belly will look like both of these pictures depending on how you are standing or sitting.

Diastasis Recti Can Look Like A Pooch Or Overhang

If your belly hangs down like an overhang, shelf, or pooch, you probably have diastasis recti. This is one of the most common ways for a diastasis to appear after a c-section. However, that doesn’t mean that if you have a c-section you will inevitably have a c-section pooch.

What Do We Learn From These Diastasis Recti Pictures?

Every woman is different and her diastasis can appear different. That is because the way your abs separate can be different. But, the good news is that all of these can be healed, and usually can be healed with simple exercises.

In fact, there are several very good diastasis recti exercise programs that are specifically designed to help you heal your mommy tummy. I spent several months trying out different programs and have a comparison of the best ones here.

Diastasis Recti Pictures For Post Partum

Diastasis Recti is most commonly diagnosed after pregnancy. It is natural for your abs to separate during pregnancy. Some women will have their body naturally go back to together. Many women will need to do belly binding or corrective exercises to heal.

Here are some diastasis recti images that will show you what it looks like in the post partum mom.

Notice the sunken vertical line here:

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❤️❤️❤️ Repost @postpartum ・・・ Dear postpartum self, 1️⃣ You don't have to justify yourself by showing your tiger stripes but if you're courageous enough the share, all the power to you. 2️⃣ Not because you're not always brave enough to show your stripes doesn't make you less of a mother or a woman. 3️⃣ Not everything needs to be on social media to make it real. 4️⃣ You're beautiful and YOU ARE ENOUGH no matter what your post partum belly feels or looks like. 5️⃣ Don't let anyone judge you for who you are and what you want to share in this space. 6️⃣ Ignore (stop defending) the hurtful, the mean and the bullies that invade this space of yours. Your happiness depends on it. 7️⃣ If someone in this space isn't appreciative of you and continues to be negative it's because they can't accept how determined and how hard you've worked to get where you are. IT'S NOT YOU! 8️⃣ Keep on being happy, you deserve it. Look at how far you've come (and continues to) mentally, emotionally and physically. 9️⃣ I get it, you still have some difficult days but they're few and far between and that's ok. You don't always have to feel like yourself. 🔟 And lastly always love yourself, or at least keep on trying to love every part of you. It may take some time (a long time) but never give up. I know… There are days where you won't want to look at yourself in the mirror… And that too is ok. Just know your little humans love you unconditionally no matter what or how you look. With all the love, Your dearest self. . Repost @denupzter • • • • • #teamself #postpartum #thisispostpartum #this_is_postpartum #postpartumbody #postpartumdepression #honormybody #honestmotherhood #motherhoodsimplified #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodunhinged #ig_motherhood #inspirepregnancy #takebackpostpartum #shape #transformationtuesday #postpartumfitness #postpartumbelly #postpartumhealth #postpartumsupport #postpartumcare #postpartumfitnessjourney

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The quarter like circle around the belly button here

And the extended, extra long, belly button here

These are all signs of diastasis recti after pregnancy.

Diastasis Recti During Pregnancy

Unfortunately, I could not find any pictures of diastasis recti during pregnancy to show you. However, most women experience some form of diastasis during pregnancy. There are some things you can do to focus on your abdominal health during pregnancy, including focusing on your posture, not placing outwards pressure on your abs when you move, and strengthening your pelvic floor. There is a wonderful guide on what to do during pregnancy to help your body with diastasis here.

Diastasis Recti Before and After Pictures

This is the part of the post I am most excited to share. Diastasis Recti can be healed! These moms have shared their journey and prove it. Make sure to check out my article on the best diastasis recti exercise programs to find out how you can start healing your ab separation now.

I know that it takes a lot of faith to move forward with healing your body. But is is possible. These moms have done it, or are on their way to doing it, and so can you.

If you are like me, you might want to know what challenges you might face as you are healing. That way you don’t feel disappointed or let down if it takes longer than you expect. I shared some of my own personal challenges with healing my ab separation here. I hope it helps you prepare and commit to your own path to healing. If I cna do it, so can you!

Does Your Belly Look Like These Diastasis Recti Pictures?

If your belly looks like these diastasis recti pictures, you need to know that it is NEVER too late to start healing.

Decide if you want to work with a physical therapist or not. .

To find a physical therapist, ask in your local mom’s group for someone who works with postpartum moms. Often working 1 on 1 with a specialist will give you immediate clarity on how to heal.

Long Term Healing for Diastasis Recti

Often when you work with a physical therapist, you will see them one to eight times depending on the severity of your diastasis recti. Many moms like to continue (or start) their work with a core strengthening program specifically designed to help with diastasis recti.

I highly recommend MuTu System, which I have personally used to relieve my diastasis recti symptoms.

You can hear other mothers talk about their success in healing their postpartum bodies here.

MuTu is a medically recommended exercise program for postpartum moms which helps them recover awareness of their pelvic floor and heal diastasis recti.

It will help you gain confidence in how your body looks, works and feels.

These are the results women report after trying this system:

  • 94% of women with diastasis recti/ separation of the stomach muscles reported an improvement after using MUTU System
  • 92% of women with diastasis recti/ separation of the stomach muscles reported an improvement after using MUTU System
  • 89% of women with diastasis recti/ separation of the stomach muscles reported an improvement after using MUTU System

I feel confident recommending this program because I have felt these benefits myself.

diastasis recti before and after

You can find how MUTU compares to other diastasis healing programs here and why I always recommend this as the first step to healing.

Do you have any other questions about diastasis recti? Leave your question in the comments below.