Do you know what diastasis recti is? I didn’t either. Despite the fact that it occurs in up to two thirds of pregnancies, none of my doctors or nurses ever mentioned it. Basically, it’s a gap that opens up between the left and right sides of your adominal muscles (“diastasis” means separation and “recti” refers to the rectus abdominis). Many women have a minor case that heals on its own after giving birth. Those of us who are petite (me), have had more than one pregnancy (me), and are of advanced maternal age (me), however, are at risk of a wider, more stubborn separation. Same goes for women who carried multiples.