A postpartum hernia is usually caused due to increased pressure on the abdominal wall because of the pregnancy. The stretched abdominal musculature may weaken in some areas and the inner abdominal lining, fat, or bowels may push through these areas causing a bulge under the skin.
How do you know if you have a hernia after pregnancy?
If you feel a slight bulge just above your belly button after pregnancy — as opposed to only the standard postpartum bulge lower down — you may have a hernia.
Seek medical attention right away
- extreme or sudden pain.
- severe nausea.
- a bulge that gets worse.
- skin changes in or around the hernia.
How is a hernia treated after pregnancy?
Treatment of an umbilical hernia in pregnancy
The swelling around your belly button may only be fat that got pushed between the muscles. It should go away once you deliver. That said, laparoscopic surgery, which involves small incisions and the use of a camera, is sometimes needed to fix an umbilical hernia.
Can you get a hernia from pregnancy?
Because pregnancy puts pressure on your abdomen and may cause you to strain due to your increased body weight, all pregnant women are at increased risk for developing a hernia.
Do hernias go away on their own?
Hernias don’t go away on their own. Only surgery can repair a hernia. Many people are able to delay surgery for months or even years. And some people may never need surgery for a small hernia.
What does a hernia look like?
Abdominal wall hernias are generally visible: they will look like a lump or bulge beneath the skin. These hernias don’t usually cause any other symptoms except for mild pain or discomfort, usually when you are straining (for instance, lifting something heavy).
How does a doctor diagnose a hernia?
A hernia diagnosis is typically based on your history of symptoms, a physical exam, and possibly imaging tests. During your exam, your doctor will typically feel around your groin and testicles, and ask you to cough. This is done because standing and coughing or straining usually make a hernia more prominent.
What can be mistaken for a hernia?
Hernias can go misdiagnosed in women, and can instead be thought to be ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, or other abdominal issues, according to the SLS. Women’s hernias can be small and internal. They might not be a bulge that can be felt in an exam or be visible outside the body, according to the SLS.
Should I push my hernia back in?
Most inguinal hernias can be pushed back into the belly with gentle massage and pressure. An inguinal hernia will not heal on its own. If you have symptoms, or the hernia is growing, you may need surgery. Some surgeons recommend repair of all groin hernias in women.
Do umbilical hernias go away?
An umbilical hernia won’t go away on its own. Only surgery can repair it.
How do you self check your stomach for pregnancy?
Walk your fingers up the side of her abdomen (Figure 10.1) until you feel the top of her abdomen under the skin. It will feel like a hard ball. You can feel the top by curving your fingers gently into the abdomen. Figure 10.1 With the woman lying on her back, begin by finding the top of the uterus with your fingers.
What does a hernia feel like when pregnant?
If you have a hernia, you’ll probably notice a soft lump around your belly button, or sometimes in your groin area. It might be dull and achy, and hurt more when you’re active, cough, sneeze or bend over.
How do I know if I have an umbilical hernia?
An umbilical hernia is diagnosed during a physical exam. Sometimes imaging studies — such as an abdominal ultrasound or a CT scan — are used to screen for complications.
What happens if a hernia is left untreated?
If it is left untreated, a strangulated hernia can lead to life-threatening conditions such as necrotizing enterocolitis (severe inflammation of intestine) and sepsis. Since hernias can happen to anyone at any age, knowing warning signs of hernias and being aware of them are essential.
How do you fix a hernia?
During surgery to repair the hernia, the bulging tissue is pushed back in. Your abdominal wall is strengthened and supported with sutures (stitches), and sometimes mesh. This repair can be done with open or laparoscopic surgery. You and your surgeon can discuss which type of surgery is right for you.
Do hernias always need surgery?
If your hernia does not bother you, most likely you can wait to have surgery. Your hernia may get worse, but it may not. Over time, hernias tend to get bigger as the muscle wall of the belly gets weaker and more tissue bulges through. In some cases small, painless hernias never need repair.