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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.
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.
, 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.
, I found some diastasis recti exercise videos
on Youtube. I originally had some yoga videos linked here, but that video no longer exists. Pulling my abs in and really focusing on my core has helped a ton. I also worked through a pelvic core program by Empower Your Pelvis
. She has a great ebook that walks you through physical therapy exercises to heal your pelvic floor and core. She also gave me a 20% off code for my readers: JOY20
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! ** UPDATE:
I saw a doctor who informed me that I do not need surgery. She said to keep working on my core strength, which may bring it in a bit more. I have gone through many, many issues postpartum now after having three babies, and learned so much. I also have a background in Pilates and Physical therapy, but I never was taught or realized the damage that birth can do, and I just assumed my body would heal and go back to normal on its own because I am young and healthy. I was so wrong. So, I decided to put together the program I wish I followed with my first baby, which I believe would’ve prevented me from getting the umbilical hernia. As a self-taught nutritionist with some college study and lots and lots of research, as well as a Pilates Instructor, I decided to create a program of healing, nourishing and renewing for postpartum mamas.
I will be launching a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a fitness and nutrition program to get your body back. This amps up your fitness routine into HIIT workouts, strength workouts and cardio to help you melt off those last pounds. I also walk you through proper food intake to encourage a healthy milk supply, while still burning extra fat as fuel. There is a very fine line to do this, but don’t worry, I’ve done it three times!!
I’m working on my edits to launch this program as soon as possible. I want it to be affordable, so all moms can heal there bodies and skip all the trouble I experienced. I didn’t realize, even with all my knowledge and training, how non-negotiable healing your postpartum body is before working on losing the weight.
Please sign up, so I can let you know as soon as the The Postpartum Cure is launched and ready!