A belly button hernia may also be referred to as a umbilical hernia, and most surgeons recommend it be surgically repaired, as they tend to get bigger over time. Although surgery is not advised while being pregnant.
What causes an umbilical hernia during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, because your abdominal wall separates a bit while being pregnant the extra baby weight can put stress on the weak spots in the abdominal wall. You may not even notice that you have one unless the hole will get bigger and tissue will be able to pass though creating a bulge. It is also advised when you do notice any type of pain in your abdomen to take it easy, so as not to cause the hole to widen and cause damage to your stomach.
What is the treatment for umbilical hernias?
While you are pregnant unless the hernia is incarcerated, it is best to wait until you are no longer pregnant. When the hernia becomes incarcerated the tissue that got pushed through is no longer able to go back in and is trapped, and this means that no blood will get to the area and the tissue will die. This is extremely painful and will require immediate medical attention. So if this is not the case, the best thing to do is relax and gently massage the hernia until the bulging goes back in.
Is there a way to prevent umbilical hernias?
Sometimes there is not much you can do about getting a hernia, but one thing you can do it strengthen your abdominal muscles with workouts designed to target your stomach. This is the best thing for you when you are trying to get pregnant. Also gradual weight gain will give your stomach time to stretch and adjust to the extra weight and will prevent future pain.
This being said it is important to see a doctor right away if you experience any pain or any buldging around your navel. Getting prompt diagnosis can and will prevent complications and make things much easier.