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I'm not sure where to put this, so hopefully someone can help me here


I have an umbilical hernia. I got it after I gave birth to DS which was by c/s; nothing has ever been said to me about fixing it and I dont' have a doctor. For my pregnancy I go to a clinic and see who ever is on call, but they haven't really said much about it.

It hadn't bothered me much during this pregnancy but tonight I moved the wrong way and it has hurt like heck ever since. I never gave it much thought before as it didn't bother me, but any amount of straining now really bothers me and I can't imagine labouring with it. I can't find any info online that isn't baby related (as in babies who have an umbilical hernia).

I guess what I mainly want to know is how this will affect things when giving birth. Has anyone gave birth with a hernia? Did it make things worse or was it not much of an issue?

Thanks for any help!!
 

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I developed an umbilical hernia at 37 weeks w/ my second pregnancy. It did not hurt. Labor & birth did not exacerbate my condition. I had my herniation repaired at 4 months post-partum, a quick surgical procedure.

I would consult a doctor about your hernia, because it is possible for the intestines to get caught in the hernia and "strangulate," causing serious problems. Hernias are not dangerous, but it is possible for a hernia to cause a problem that would never happen to a person without the hernia.

That's about all I know--HTH.
 

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nak....

I brought it up at my 6 week appointment last time and was told that they wouldn't fix it until I was done having children as it was likely to come back. If there were any problems with it go back but my doctor has passed away leaving me with no one to see. The doctors at the prenatal clinic seem unconcerned about it. I'm going to bring it up again because it has "changed" (I don't know how else to describe it) but I don't think they can do anything about it since they are just there for prenatal care.
: Hopefully who ever is there can do something for me because its been bothering me.
 

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I had an outie bellybutton.

During pg #1, my OB would occasionally ask if my bellybutton hurt. He said it was at risk for herniation.

During pg #2, as I mentioned, my outie officially graduated to herniated at 37 weeks. I told my homebirth mws, they said call my CNM. I contacted my CNM, and she said as long as it wasn't giving me problems, and didn't change, we'd deal with it after the birth.

At my 6 week pp, my CNM gave me a referral to a surgeon. I saw the surgeon early post-partum, and he said that there was no big rush--as long as my hernia stayed the same, with no changes. Of course, I was also warned not to lift anything until my herniation was fixed, so that I wouldn't cause a problem.

Maybe it would be wise to ask the caregivers at your prenatal clinic for a referral, or a visit to your primary care physician could help you explore treatment options for your bellybutton. I'm sure the prenatal care providers are unconcerned because it does happen and usually doesn't cause a probl--but I'd like the opinion of a hernia surgeon about my own hernia, rather than the opinion of someone who is a specialist in another field.
 

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I have an umbilical hernia and have had one baby already with it in place. It didn't bother me during the birth at all, and I really just forgot about it until I got pg again with this baby. Up until the 6th month or so, I did have discomfort with it. My fat layer would tend to poke out thru the hole, and I would have to lay down and push it back in. I ended up using medical tape across it to hold it in until my uterus got big enough to cover the hole. I plan on having surgery to correct it after I'm done bfing this babe. HTH
 
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