What To Do If You Have a Hernia While Pregnant
When you think about it, sometimes it seems like a freaking miracle that we even make it through pregnancy, doesn't it?
I mean, when you consider all the things that could possibly go wrong from beginning to end and then the fact that one body is growing a human being?? I just can't even.
There are probably a million and a half ways pregnancy can mess with your body, despite how amazing and miraculous it all is, but one of the smaller complications that you may not have heard about is a simple hernia.
Hernias can develop during pregnancy, obviously, because of the extra strain that the growing uterus puts on your body. Hernias happen when an internal part of an organ, like your intestine, pokes out through a weakened part of hole in your muscle. Pregnancy = weakened muscles = higher risk of a hernia. It makes sense, right?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, having a hernia while pregnant isn't necessarily dangerous, but it can be worrisome. If you know that you have had hernias in the past or have a hernia before you plan on becoming pregnant, it's best to talk to your doctor about managing the hernia before you conceive. However, if you've had a hernia in the past, pregnancy could cause it to develop again.
During pregnancy, most doctors will generally work with a pregnant woman to manage the hernia. If surgery is needed, they will wait until after the baby is born to correct it. Typically, a woman will try to limit heavy lifting and exercise that could make the hernia worse and use an abdominal binder or girdle to help support her belly while pregnant. In rare cases, if the hernia is severe enough, your doctor may recommend a C-section so the muscles are not further torn.
A good friend of mine had a hernia while she was pregnant and a seemingly small complication caused her a lot of pain. “It was just painful so I felt like I couldn't do anything. I couldn't try to exercise, couldn't go for walks, play with my kids, or even try to induce labor.”
Luckily, she was able to deliver baby safely and naturally and her hernia resolved itself after pregnancy, so if you have a hernia while pregnant, have no fear! Talk to your doctor about how to best manage your hernia.
Have you ever had a hernia?