This is one of the best articles I've read about the topic. I didn't realize I had DR until about 8-9 months after baby was born. I should have been tipped off when I threw my back out and had significant weakness in my core. I stopped doing abs at all because I was afraid, but as soon as I started the RIGHT exercises, I've started healing quicker than I imagined. Check yo' self before you wreck yo' self.