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Splinting During Pregnancy

Splinting during pregnancy can be
an essential part of rehabilitating
your core and preparing for birth.

See what a splint can do for you.

My girlfriend gave me a splint at my baby shower and I thought she was crazy. It has turned out to be the best gift I received, and I now give them to every expecting mom I know! - Sam

Everything You Need to Know About Splinting During Pregnancy


Women often begin their pregnancies with a functionally weak core and, as a result, develop diastasis recti (a separation of the abdominals) and other related symptoms. We recommend intermittent abdominal splinting in conjunction with The Tummy Team’s Prenatal Core Training Program.

Here are The Tummy Team’s guidelines for splinting during pregnancy:

  1. We don’t usually splint during the first trimester. Splinting is the most beneficial during the second or third trimester when there are more demands on your body.
  2. Splinting should always make you feel better, not worse. Never power through pain or ignore what your body is telling you. If you are ever feeling overheated, crampy, nauseous, or anything else, then take a break from the splint.
  3. We recommend splinting any client with significant diastasis recti (3 fingers and deep, or more). If you have a severe diastasis, it’s clear your abdominal wall is not strong enough to support your growing uterus without complications like a hernia. The splint will help protect your tummy from further damage.
  4. We do recommend splinting when clients are suffering from pregnancy related pain, such as: abdominal pain, low back pain, pubic bone pain, hip pain, SI joint instability, sciatica and more. The splint will provide the necessary support your core craves to eliminate that pain.
  5. We recommend intermittent abdominal splinting late in the pregnancy as the baby gets heavy and your muscles need a break. The splint will provide the support you need to give you much needed relief.
  6. Abdominal splinting is highly encouraged to support optimal fetal alignment. Wearing a splint even during contractions and the pushing phase of labor will help keep the baby in optimal alignment and helps you coordinate the necessary muscles to effectively push the baby out.

FAQ's for Splinting During Pregnancy

Can splinting during pregnancy help heal diastasis recti?
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Can splinting during pregnancy help with fetal alignment?
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Should I wear a splint instead of an SI belt?
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I know Kelly tells us, “Splinting alone does not heal your diastasis,” but splinting was a huge factor in my healing. I wish I had known to splint after my first two babies.  - Meredith