When my belly button poked out immediately during my recent pregnancy, many people commented how cute it was. Sure, it was a sign my baby bump was growing, but the truth of the matter is that it also meant I had a hernia. Breezy Mama turned to OB Dr. Gafori of IGO Medical Group in La Jolla to get the scoop on how moms can tell if they have a postpartum hernia (and since the belly button doesn’t always poke out, many are unaware they even have one!), what to do about it, what can happen if you do nothing, if you can throw in a tummy tuck (ahem) with repair and more.
How does pregnancy cause a hernia?
First, we should start with a few definitions.
1. Rectus diastasis: This is an acquired condition in which the rectus muscles (the main abdominal muscles that run down the front of your belly) are separated by more than the normal 1 or 2 mm that typically separates them. This very minimal normal separation is made of [Read more…] about Signs You Have a Postpartum Hernia (and What to Do About It)