Pregnancy-Related Musculoskeletal Conditions: The Pelvic Floor and Linea Alba Connection

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Cynthia Chiarello


Kari Bø


Stephanie Bernard


Sinéad Patricia Dufour


Sinéad Patricia Dufour
Kari Bø
Stephanie Bernard
Cynthia Chiarello

Aims & Objectives

90 minutes
Conservative Management
pelvic floor pregnancy linea alba
Primary care practitioners, specifically: Physiotherapists, midwives, obstetricians, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals interested in understanding pregnancy-related musculoskeletal tissue changes and associated impairments.

Pregnancy-related musculoskeletal tissue injury is common and ranges from strain on the pelvic ligaments to injury to the pelvic floor and changes associated with fascial system, including widening of the linea alba. Exploring the topic of pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions, specifically from the perspective of understanding the potential relationship and relevance of pelvic floor function to the linea alba, is important. In most cases, conservative management strategies are established as first line care. This workshop will overview pregnancy-related musculoskeletal tissue changes and injuries with a focus on the pelvic floor muscle and the linea alba according to our past and evolving understanding of DRA.

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Understand pregnancy-related musculoskeletal tissue changes and associated conditions and differentiate those that require intervention (conservative management) and those that do not. 2. Identify scientific update on evidence (both evidence-based and practice-based inquiry) pertaining to various aspects of pregnancy-related diastasis rectus abdominis. 3. Determine the current evidence-informed and integrative conservative care principles for pregnancy-related DRA from a primary health care perspective and with an emphasis on the roles of physiotherapists and midwives.