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Three kids in less than 4 years. My oldest was about 3.5 when my youngest was born just 10 months ago. Since my second pregnancy, I had a little bump on the top of my belly button. I didn’t think much of it because my belly button stuck out a bit during pregnancy, so I thought it would take time to go back in.

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Well, I got pregnant with my third baby, and I didn’t think much of it because my belly button just stuck out again during pregnancy, and I am now 10 months postpartum, still with a bump on my belly button.
My husband actually never really noticed it because its subtle, but you can feel it. I finally told him it was there, and he told me it’s a hernia. What?!
Off to Google I went for some learning and research. According to some sources (my husband and friends) you need surgery to fix it. I am not a surgery person. I don’t like pain, and I don’t like meds. I’m still not sure how I survived three births.
After reading around, I literally got nauseaus thinking about the fact that some of my intestine is literally sticking out through where my muscles have separated. “A hernia occurs when an internal part of the body pushes through a weakness in the muscle or surrounding tissue wall.Your muscles are usually strong and tight enough to keep your organs and intestines in place, but a hernia can develop if there are any weak spots.” Source
Gross!! I can barely take it still, but I am determined to see if I can fix without surgery. I realize that surgery is recommended and probably most likely, but can a girl at least try? Here’s what this article says about surgery, “However, surgery is recommended for most adults with an umbilical hernia as the hernia is unlikely to get better by itself when you’re older and the risk of complications is higher.”
Doesn’t look good. But, then I read this, “Did you know over 35% hernia cases relapse within a few years of surgery? Imagine that you cut open the balloon and push the pipe in and put a layer over the cut balloon to make sure it doesn’t pop again.” source

Okay, that doesn’t sound great either. So, Here’s my plan to attempt to heal my Umbilical Hernia without Surgery!

First, yes I will go to the doctor. I am going to explain my wants to heal it with out surgery, and make sure there’s nothing serious happening.
Second, I purchased this core wrap to help put gentle pressure in the direction where I want the hernia to go. I’ve worn it twice so far, once on a walk and another time doing cleaning. It REALLY helps me remember to tuck in my tummy, and sadly realize how much I stick my tummy out!! I am failing with this core stuff.


Third, I found some free, hernia healing yoga videos, as well as physical therapy moves (video below!) to work on WHILE wearing my band. It really helps me connect my mind back to my core and practice using the muscles.
The goal is to strengthen my core muscles and pull them back together, while pushing the hernia back in place. Hernias can be serious because you don’t want them to rupture, or be strangulated, where the blood supply is cut off. I have no pain or discomfort at all, and I wouldn’t even know it was there if I couldn’t see it. If you think you have an umbilical hernia, definitely head to your doctor to see what they say. See how serious it is, and if you think you can heal it on your own with exercise and rehabilitation.
I’ll be back here to update in a few weeks on the progress with a before and after!

5 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m curious to know how it’s going? I too have a hernia after pregnancy and do not want to go the surgical route for all the same reasons.

    Thanks so much,

    Ashley

    • Katie Pickett Reply

      Hello! I need to update the post, but I saw the doctor, and they said it was way too small for surgery, especially if it isn’t bothering me at all. I’ve been able to help my abs pull back in, but the hernia is still there, and it slowly sticks out more as the day goes on and I eat and drink. The doctor said that if it doesn’t hurt to leave it alone. Obviously I’m not a doctor to advise you, but that’s what the doctor told me! Doing some ab work has helped me feel like my stomach is a bit flatter though!

  2. Hi Katie, I’m in the same boat as you. It’s interesting that I found this post at a similar timeline. I am actually two years postpartum from having twins and still have an umbilical hernia. I don’t have a blog although I think about writing one all the time, largely because of things like this where you want to share ideas with others. So kudos for doing it! I’ve been working with my naturopathic doctor who has been giving me injections of a substance that supposed to just help the body grow its own tissue. I can’t remember what’s in it but it’s really benign. It helped me get started but I wasn’t able to fully heal because it wasn’t compressed. So recently I’ve been wearing a compression belt to keep it in and also help me be cognizant of holding my core tight, and I’m noticing a big change. It’s actually regrown the tissue and hernia is mostly staying in, and if it comes out at all it’s only about 10% of what it was. Best wishes for your own progress and I might check out those yoga videos you shared. Thanks.

    • Katie Pickett Reply

      Thank you for sharing Jude!I want to know what the injections are. That would be something I’m interested in as well. I mentioned in the comments that I am not getting surgery, and it really seems to be a lot better after I wear the girdle, but then it does fall forward a few hours after wearing it. I hope you try the yoga, and start a blog! It’s so worth it. I would love to be the first to know when you do. Feel free to read my blogging section for tips and tricks when you are getting started!

  3. Sounds like they are talking about prolotherapy. I have heard really good things about this for knees and back. I’ve wondered if it would work for my hernia. I’ll be looking into it for myself. Thank you Jude!

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