Hernia After Pregnancy

Submitted by Jenifer on January 19, 2012

Occasionally, after the pregnancy, the mother can develop a hernia. A hernia is basically a distended muscle that occurs after the stress of a muscle. Usually in a normal or Caesarean birth, doctors and nurses know how to deal with these stretched muscles. Sometimes these muscles do not snap back to their original shape. In such cases, when such hernias and the resultant pain and irritation become chronic, surgery is the only treatment.

In a hernia after pregnancy, the symptoms are the same as any other hernia. Musculature protrudes from an opening in the...


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...muscle. Even in pregnant women, there can be different types of abdominal hernia as a result of the pregnancy. One is the femoral hernia which appears in the lower body and is common in women. Another one is incisional hernia which is also called a ventral hernia. This hernia occurs on old scars or an old incision. This can occur during a pregnancy or even if the woman gains a lot of weight, which in turn, also stretches the scar tissue. A third type of hernia is an umbilical hernia. This hernia occurs close to the navel, when the woman’s navel does not close up naturally after giving birth. An umbilical hernia also usually occurs after a pregnancy and can clear up without any treatment. There is a fourth type of hernia that occurs after a pregnancy, it is called hiatal hernia. The hiatal hernia occurs internally and is not visible to the naked eye. It occurs when the abdominal muscle pushes against the diaphragm.

The hernias can occur for any number of reasons including multiple births, a complicated birth or even prolonged labor or weakened muscles as a result of the pregnancy. Other than protrusions, pain and nausea are also symptoms of hernia. The treatment for hernia after pregnancy usually involves surgery for most cases. Umbilical hernias are usually attended to at the time of the birth. Occasionally persistent pressure works on the hernia, but usually surgery is the only answer. Sometimes, patients are even placed in a physical position that uses gravity as an aid to repair the hernia. This position is called the Trendelenburg position. Hernias can also be recurrent, so you need to make sure you recover properly from your pregnancy and from any possible complications of hernia surgery. It is important to maintain your health as the hernia can recur if you remain unfit.

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