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Diastasis recti is a separation between the left and right side of the rectus abdominis muscle, which covers the front surface of the belly area.
Diastasis recti is a common and normal condition in newborns. It is seen most frequently in premature and African American infants.
In pregnant women, increased tension on the abdominal wall may lead to diastasis recti. Multiple births or repeated pregnancies increase the risk.
Women who are 12 or more weeks pregnant should avoid aggressive abdominal exercises, which may worsen the condition.
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