I had a umbilical hernia fixed nearly a year ago after the birth of my daughter. The hernia was caused by the pregnancy, I am now a little over 4months pregnant and all around my bellybutton hurts like crazy, When the pain gets so bad to were I cant walk, we notice that my bellybutton is completley out and swollen and turning purple. My husband thought maybe there is a blood vessle there that may give it a purple look, but we both dont know. When the pain isnt so bad, usually by the next day, my belly button looks somewhat normal,My ob dr said maybe the hernia is back but theres nothing to do about it till after the birth of this baby. Im just wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them while pregnant, will the pain get worse the bigger I get?
There can be a risk of your bowel becoming obstructed in the hernia. If you have pain, swelling, vomiting, ect., this is a medical emergency. I am so sorry for the pain! I had an umbilical hernia, and it was painful without the pregnancy, but never as bad as your are talking about, and never with the discoloration. I am concerned that it may be being strangeled in the bowel, and working it's way out. The danger or this is that it may become strangulated and not be able to free itself. You can have surgery while pregnant, but obviously only if the benefits out-weight the risks. You can ask your OB for a safe pain med to take when this happens. It is safe to even take some narcotic pain meds as needed. Make sure you get enough fiber and do not become constipated, as this could worsen the pain and risk of obstruction.
Are you having a C-section, or natural birth? If you are having a C-section, meet with a general surgeon (one that does at least 100 hernia surgeries a year, or a board certified hernia specialist) before the birth, and have them repair the surgery after the baby is delivered. Good luck!