Immense pressure on the abdominal walls during pregnancy can often times be enough to cause fatty tissue or intestine to protrude through a hole formed in the abdominal muscle wall. That means lots of baby pressure on your belly caused a bit of intestine to peek out through a hole in your muscle. This can result in an inguinal hernia: bulge in the groin area, abdominal hernia: bulge in the abdomen (besides the large baby bulge), umbilical hernia: bulge on the bellybutton, or femoral hernia: bulge on the inner leg near the groin. These can all be very painful and impair walking.
Many medical professionals will tell you there is nothing you can do for this pain and to withstand the pain until the baby is born. Relief is possible. Know that you can wear a pregnancy supporter for hernia care to prevent more damage and reduce the pain. I experienced inguinal hernias while pregnant and wearing support bands made all the difference in the world, from impaired almost impossible walking to normal walking and playing with my kids again. There are 2 excellent pregnancy hernia support products on the market and if you type in pregnancy hernia band you will find access to them on search engines. Elastic based products tend to stretch out and are not durable so buyer beware.
What are the life changing steps you can do to relieve hernia pain in pregnancy:
- Wear a pregnancy hernia support band!!! Relief will come immediately.
- Avoid lifting or if that’s impossible avoid holding a child for long periods of time while standing (sounds impossible if you have little ones, but bend down and talk to them, sit side by side, have them sit in a ‘big person chair’ at the table if you are working in the kitchen, you may have to get creative.
- Rest your hernia–lay down and take the pressure off at night, support your belly with a pillow and place a pillow between or under your knees at night.
- Have your husband/significant other lift for you: leave heavy groceries or boxes in the car for him/her to bring in. Let them know you are in pain. If you are alone, get a folding shopping cart and wheel your groceries, etc. into the house.
Hernia surgery after pregnancy may be necessary depending on the severity of the hernia, check with your doctor. My inguinal hernia went away, only to return again in my 3rd pregnancy, but never to return there after, I am almost 50.