Monday, October 19, 2015

Myth: Being on hands and knees causes Diastasis Recti



No hands and knees?

“I was at a workshop recently and the presenter said that being on hands and knees during pregnancy can cause an abdominal separation.  That is not what I learned at other workshops.  I’m confused.



Being on hands and knees during pregnancy improves circulation, reduces tension, strengthens upper body and may reduce low back pain.  Later in pregnancy, it increases the likelihood of optimal fetal positioning for labour and delivery. 

There is no research to support the idea that spending time on hands and knees during pregnancy can cause Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation). It is a safe position with important benefits.  If a woman enjoys it and finds it comfortable, there is no reason why she cannot benefit from this position during both exercise and rest.

If a pregnant woman does find being on her hands and knees uncomfortable, she should find a different position.