Diastasis recti is when the large parallel muscle bands (rectus abdominis muscles) that normally meet in the middle of your abdomen get stretched out and separate. This can cause a bulge down the middle of your abdomen, most noticeable when tensing the muscles such as sitting up from a lying position. It does not pose any medical risk but can create an unsightly bulge despite diet and exercise. It may also be associated with muscle imbalance and low back pain since the abdominal muscles are not positioned optimally. Diastasis is most commonly associated with pregnancy, as the uterus grows and … [Read more...] about What is Diastasis Recti and What Causes it?