Prevalence of Diastasis Recti among Pregnant Women: A Cross Sectional Study

    Kaiynat Yaseen(1), Naveed Anwar(2*), Sana Ayesha(3), Sana Tauqeer(4), Kehkshan Khalid(5), Farah Shaheen(6)


Background: In the female population, Diastasis Recti (DRA) is common in pregnant and postpartum women. Diastasis Recti is common in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. Due to stretching of uterus and abdominal muscles linea alba becomes weak during pregnancy also including hormonal changes like increases in progesterone.

Objective: The objective of this study was to find the prevalence of Diastasis Recti among pregnant women.

Study type, settings & duration: This cross sectional study was conducted at Kanaan Physiotherapy and Spine Clinic, Lahore from June to October 2022.  

Methodology: The sample size of current study was 40 participants by Rao software. The data was collected by performing diastasis recti test using digital caliper and self-generated questionnaire. The inclusion criteria consisted of pregnant women with the age of 22 to 38 years and having back pain. The exclusion criteria was women with spontaneous abortion and who were at the high risk of diabetes, hypertension, heart problem, alcohol, drug use or any other condition that can affect the health of mother and fetus. The data was analyzed through SPSS 20. 0.

Results: The results of this study indicated that prevalence of diastasis recti was very common during pregnancy. The results indicated that 82% of the women had diastasis recti during pregnancy. Mostly in 55% of the women diastasis recti was present in above umbilicus while in 45% of the women it was below umbilicus.

Conclusion: The findings concluded high prevalence of diastasis recti among women with pregnancy as measured by caliper.................

Keywords: Diastasis recti, pregnancy, postpartum period, pubic symphysis, rectus abdominis

(1) Riphah International University Lahore.
(2) Riphah International University Lahore.
(3) MedEast Medical Centre, Lahore.
(4) University of Lahore, Lahore.
(5) Riphah International University, Lahore.
(6) Shalamar Hospital, Lahore.
(*) Corresponding Author
How to Cite
Yaseen, K., Anwar, N., Ayesha, S., Tauqeer, S., Khalid, K., & Shaheen, F. (2022). Prevalence of Diastasis Recti among Pregnant Women: A Cross Sectional Study. Pakistan Journal of Medical Research, 61(1), 40-42. Retrieved from