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IJHRS. 2016; 5(4): 162-170

Prevalence of Diastasis Recti in Post-Partum Women Aged 18-25 Years- A Hospital Based Survey

Aditi Bhandiwad, Ambarish Bhandiwad.


Background: : Diastasis Recti a separation of the rectus abdominius muscle observed among multiparous women is prevalent. It leads to biomechanical changes in the activity of the abdominal muscles, pelvis and the spine. It is also one of the responsible factor for developing low back pain following multiple pregnancies due to weak abdominal musculature that persists due to poor post-partum exercises following delivery.
Objectives: The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of diastasis recti among the age group 18 to 25 years primigravida women in a hospital based survey.
Materials and methods: Forty subjects with age between 18 to 25 years primigravida women were recruited for this study. The separation of the rectus abdominus muscle was measured 4.5 above and below and at the umbilicus using a calibrated digital calliper.
Results: The study showed significant prevalence of diastasis recti (p

Key words: Primigravida, post-partum, Diastasis recti, rectus abdominus muscle, caesarean section, vaginal delivery.

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