Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Weill Cornell are collaborating with Every Mother founder Leah Keller to conduct a randomized controlled trial to study the impact of specific core exercises on abdominal muscle strength and function.

Participants will complete 12 weeks of guided core-strengthening exercises targeted for postpartum women. Instruction will be delivered through online videos and a mobile app. Please note that you may have to wait for 12  weeks after enrolling in the study before starting the exercise program.

To participate, you must:

  • Be between 3 months and 3 years postpartum
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 45
  • Not be currently pregnant
  • Agree to participate in a 12-24 week exercise program
  • Have not previously participated in extensive physical therapy or another program aimed at addressing diastasis recti after your most recent pregnancy
  • Be able to attend 3 visits to Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for testing via ultrasound

Participants will receive:

  • 12 weeks of guidance in core-strengthening exercises
  • $30 for the second visit to HSS
  • $40 for the third visit to HSS

If you are interested in participating and you meet the requirements specified above, please call 212.606.1149 or email