The main signs and symptoms of diastasis recti are:
- excessive abdominal bloating, especially after meals and in a standing position
- lower back pain
- poor posture with accentuation of lumbar lordosis
- incomplete emptying of the bladder during urination, and associated urinary problems.
While this condition mostly affects women following pregnancy, a significant percentage of men and women develop the condition following excess weight bearing or exercise. Some patients are also anatomically and biologically predisposed to the condition, their rectus abdominis muscles separating “naturally” over the years due to a progressive weakening of the tissues. There are also cases of congenital diastasis recti, present since birth