5 Key Symptoms Portland Moms Need to Know About Diastasis Recti

5 Key Symptoms Portland Moms Need to Know About Diastasis Recti

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You’re a Portland mom and you love being active. That’s the appeal of being a mom in a beautiful city like Portland, right? You have the mountains and the ocean just a short drive away. You have many parks and forests basically right outside your backdoor. This is the dream area for an active mom!

After having a baby, you want to be active and playing with your family in this beautiful area. Unfortunately, your body feels different. Your body doesn’t move or have strength like you had before giving birth.

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Could diastasis recti be the cause? Here are five key symptoms of diastasis recti that you should know about.

#1 Back pain

If the abdominal muscles are weak, back muscles have to work extra hard which makes them get angry and be painful!

#2 Pelvic pain

Just like above, when the abdominal muscles aren’t pulling their weight, the pelvic floor muscles have to work extra hard which can lead to pelvic pain.

#3 Digestive issues

Diastasis recti is a weakening in the core muscles and connective tissue. Underneath those muscles is most of your digestive tract! If the abdominal muscles are weak, then that can cause some instability in the digestive system. This can cause issues like bloating, gas or constipation.

#4 Heaviness in the belly

Feeling like pants tighter than leggings are extremely uncomfortable? Feel like your belly still looks like you are seven months pregnant? This could be from diastasis recti. When the abdominal muscles are weak, your belly can’t tone up like it wants to after birth.

#5 Urinary leakage

Leakage is incredibly common after giving birth. The pelvic floor muscles need a lot of physical therapy after birth, but incontinence may actually be stemming from a weak core or diastasis. It’s important to get a full evaluation by a practitioner like myself to know the best course of healing for leakage.

Interested in learning more about a strong core and pelvic floor after birth? I’ve got you covered! Grab your FREE GUIDE HERE all about 6 Simple and Effective Tips to get a Strong Core and Pelvic Floor After Birth.


Hi, I’m Dr. Potter and I help women feel vibrant and healthy during their motherhood journey.

It was after the birth of my first baby when I became passionate about helping other moms. I was blown away by how hard it was to heal after that birth.

Now it’s my passion to help you heal optimally after birth. Head over HERE to learn more about working together.

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