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How a woman's belly button changes in pregnancy and when to worry

How a woman's belly button changes in pregnancy and when to worry


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The body of the woman in pregnancy changes for weeks. One day the pregnant woman discovers that there is something different in her gut: her belly button it has come out and is more bulky, something that is considered a normal characteristic, as can also be the linea alba or chloasma (spots on the face). But, Why does a pregnant woman's navel change? It can be avoided? When can these variations be worrisome?

The growth of the uterus, the baby, the distention and separation of the rectus abdominis so that the abdomen can expand well and fit the new life that we harbor are the main causes of changes in the belly button of women in pregnancy. So, in most cases, it is not worrisome, it is often an aesthetic issue, which may be more or less liked, but nothing more.

If the mother is primiparous, that is, she stops for the first time, it is normal that she comes out at second quarter or already entries in the last. However, when we have had more than one child, the navel outlet it is much earlier, even in the first weeks we can already notice it differently.

It does not need more care, in addition to those we use for the rest of the abdomen, as is the correct hydration. And the normal thing is that the navel after childbirth, go back inside, without any extra intervention.

Sometimes it happens that what sticks out is not just the navel. We can observe that when a pregnant woman lies down or stands up, putting some tension on the abdomen, a larger or smaller bulge protrudes in the central part: this could be due to a diastasis recti - more frequent in multiparas (2 of every 3 women who have more than two children present diastasis).

Another thing that usually worries is that it hurts, and we know that pain indicates a actual injury or potential. In this case, we could speak of a possible umbilical or paraumbilical hernia, just as we should think of a hernia or diastasis if the pain or bulging persists after delivery.

Whether our navel is out due to a hernia or we have a non-physiological diastasis, during pregnancy we can do some things to take care of ourselves and that there are no complications, since rehabilitation or surgery (in case it is necessary to close the hernia) until postpartum are not possible:

- Avoid excessive weight gain in an uncontrolled way.

- Control posture, avoiding lumbar hyperlordosis (deformation of the spine) as much as possible. We can improve a lot with prenatal Pilates or water gymnastics, always performed by midwives or health professionals such as physiotherapists.

- Use the pelvic belt to be able to correct the posture and not to pull the rectums too much. This is very advisable if there is a lot of lordosis - lumbar curve - or pain in the symphysis pubis.

- Strengthen the transverse abdominis, which is our natural girdle and the one that will support the viscera, the uterus and the baby, preventing the rectus abdominis from separating too much (we run the risk that if the distance is opened too much we will have a pathological diastasis of the rectum with repercussion on the pelvic floor, abdomen, aesthetics, back muscles, digestive system, etc).

If the weeks after delivery, you see that your abdomen has not returned to the same, that the navel continues to protrude out or you feel strange, go for an evaluation of the abdomen to rule out a diastasis or a hernia. If everything goes well, the normal thing is that the navel goes back inwards.

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