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Large Hernia Mesh And Pregnancy

Hello,
I had a large incisional hernia repaired with mesh about a year and a half ago. At the time, my surgeon assured me I would be able to carry a baby through pregnancy and delivery, even though the mesh was on the larger side, about 10" square I believe. Now my husband and I are ready to start trying for baby number two. However after searching online for more information as far as what to expect during pregnancy, I am finding scary stuff about large meshes restricting the uterus and inhibiting the growth of the baby. I am just wondering if anyone out there is in the same boat as me, or if anyone has had any experience with this sort of large hernia mesh and pregnancy.
Thanks so much.
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replied November 27th, 2007
Hernia Mesh And Pregnancy
Hi euclidmama,

I had a large hernia mesh inserted in April of 2006. At the time my doctor advised me that it would be ok to become pregnant although I was not planning on having any more kids. I am now 7 1/2 months pregnant and so far haven't experienced any serious complications due to the pregnancy. There is however, discomfort. On the plus side, the mesh has helped keep my tummy growth to a minimum. I look about 4 months pregnant! I'll keep you posted as the due date gets closer.
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replied November 27th, 2007
Hernia Mesh And Pregnancy
Congrats on your pregnancy Jazcadena!!!

Thanks so much for replying, I have found no one else in this situation.
my husband and I have not officially started trying, but this is good to hear. Keep me posted!
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replied March 28th, 2008
How are you and baby doing?
Jazcadena, I would love to know how you and your baby are doing! Hoping to hear from you, and hoping all is well for you-
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replied April 1st, 2008
I'm very curious to hear as well!
I've also had a large abdominal mesh put in for a surgical hernia repair and have been wondering how this would affect pregnancy. My first guess is that it would hurt when the scar tissue tears as the uterus grows but what else? What happens if you have to have a C-section?
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replied April 13th, 2009
Mesh and pregnancy
I too have had a large ventral hernia repair in 2007 (actually had to have it done twice) I was told by my surgeon at the time that I could get pregnant but that one of the possibilities that could happen after pregnancy would be that the mesh would have to be replaced. I am now expecting I am currently 13 weeks pregnant and the only thing I have noticed so far is terrible pulling pain. Does this get any better as the pregnancy progresses? I too wonder what would happen if a C-Section would be necessary does anyone here know?
Thanks Mary
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replied November 4th, 2009
I FEEL YOUR PAIN
I have a herna mesh and im 8 mts preg and its killin me i feel your pain!!!!!!
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replied December 15th, 2009
I am 5 weeks pregnant and have had my mesh since 1999. I am already experiencing a lot of pain and pulling. A trip to the ER left the pain undiagnosed. I suspect it is pulling in the mesh. I am so scared after reading these post, esp being 8 mths and still in pain. I am also concerned as to how my stomach will expand b/c my belly button appears to be sewed down with the mesh (weird). I never thought I would get pregnant due to past history and feel blessed but terrified!
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replied March 15th, 2010
hi,
my sisters 9 weeks pregnant with the same situation.and i was just surfing thru to help her out coz she has no idea if its possible for her to carry a baby but she's insistent.we reside in mongolia where there are limited amount of knowledge in this area.and the doctors' explanation was this kind of surgery is only new in here thats why no one came with a positive answer.help!
Stuck...
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replied May 4th, 2010
hi i had the same operation when i was 16 and now i am 25 years old and 8 months pregnant a hernia has already come through and they are saying i can have a normal labour but i am worried that something else might pop through like my bladder i just wondered what did you do when in labour as i am getting near now if you could please write me as i would like to know what you did????
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replied June 6th, 2010
Having my 3rd Casarean with large Hernia Mesh in place
Two months after my 2nd casarean section in 2004 I had to have a 10" sq. mesh laproscopically inserted. I was told that pregnancy would be ok in the future. I was hesitant to get pregnant again with too many questions lingering in my own mind. How would they perform another c-section with a mesh in the way? Would it hurt? Would there be room for the baby to grow? etc. Last June (after 5 years) I got pregnant with an ectopic pregnancy! This required immediate surgery so I didn't have time to worry and wonder what the Drs. would do. They laproscopically removed the ectopic pregnancy around the mesh and that was it. The surgeon told me I had lots of adhesions (scarring) from the mesh to my intestines, but everything else looked fine.
I am now 31 weeks pregnant. I haven't had any severe problems, but there is uncomfortable pulling on the sides of where the mesh is- something like pulled muscles. At times when I sneeze it hurts a lot.
Because I have had 2 previous c-sections, I will have another c-section. The Dr. said they plan to cut through the mesh and just stitch it back up like they do with normal tissue. Not sure, though. My OB Dr. assured me that the surgery should be just like a "normal c-section" performed by an OB Dr. However, my hospital has a hernia mesh specialist on staff, so he will be standing by if there are any unforeseen issues.
I wouldn't NOT get pregnant because of pain fear, but it did take me a while to feel at ease in my own mind. In the end, life is priceless and some of us have harder pregnancies than others.
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replied October 13th, 2010
Hernia and Pregnancy
Hi,

I am in the same boat all of you are in. I have had a large hernia repair and have had two c-sections prior to the mesh and will have another c-section with this pregnancy. I am 10 wks pregnant and fear the pain that will come. I have had pulling and poking problems since the hernia surgery and fear my uterus will be ruptured (my vivid imagination coming into play) but truly I fear some kind of complication. I am so curious to hear about your experiences with your births.
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replied February 14th, 2011
I had a cesarean in 2009 my son is about to be 2 year old.When he was 15 months old I had a ectopic pregnancy.I been hurting where they cut me my doctor said it because I'am pregnant again.I guess there notthing to worry about unless you start to have bleeding.I hope I could help
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replied July 19th, 2011
Mesh vs. Adhesions, Mesh and future surgeries....
The pain is most likely from adhesions (scar tissue) more than the mesh itself. I have alot of mesh, 5 individual implants of varying sizes. I have not carried a pregnancy since the mesh was inserted, however I have had additional surgery which required my surgeon to cut through much of the mesh and sew it back up. In my opinion things don't seem as tight as they did prior to that sugery, however there also does not seem to be a hernia type defect. The mesh does have a certain amount of give and I know others who have carried to term with little difficulty with mesh in the abdomen. Hope that this helps to reassure you somewhat.
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replied October 3rd, 2011
Pregnancy abdominal mesh
Hello to all,
I had a large mesh placed over an incisional hernia down the middle of my tummy in 2009. A hernia which occured after my first child was born. I am now 6weeks pregnant. I am in the medical field, and after much discussion with many different physicians in the field of gastroenterology and plastic surgery have heard some startling possible outcomes of this type of pregnancy.
Much like a window screen, if one would try and push through the screen two things can happen, either the mesh gives a little to the expanding force than breaks away from it surrounding structure, or the screen moves and gives only slightly because the surrounding structure is stronger than the force pushing against it.
In turn, one physcian mentioned, 'Imagine wrapping an expecting mother with ace bandages trying to restrict the growth of her belly during pregnancy. How much of a strain could and or would occur affecting the growing fetus, the belly grows to allow the proper room needed by the fetus.'
The possiblity of internal bleeding from a severe, rapid tear along the abdominal wall could go unnoticed, sensitivity in the stomach wall tends to decrease after such surgeries, can without timely care, cause life threatening issues for the mom and the tentative unborn child.
Think long and hard ladies. I know I am. I have a little boy who definitely would miss not having mother around. Children are miracles and blessings from above, no argument... But think long and hard.
Good luck
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replied October 3rd, 2011
Pregnancy abdominal mesh
Hello to all,
I had a large mesh placed over an incisional hernia down the middle of my tummy in 2009. A hernia which occured after my first child was born. I am now 6weeks pregnant. I am in the medical field, and after much discussion with many different physicians in the field of gastroenterology and plastic surgery have heard some startling possible outcomes of this type of pregnancy.
Much like a window screen, if one would try and push through the screen two things can happen, either the mesh gives a little to the expanding force than breaks away from it surrounding structure, or the screen moves and gives only slightly because the surrounding structure is stronger than the force pushing against it.
In turn, one physcian mentioned, 'Imagine wrapping an expecting mother with ace bandages trying to restrict the growth of her belly during pregnancy. How much of a strain could and or would occur affecting the growing fetus, the belly grows to allow the proper room needed by the fetus.'
The possiblity of internal bleeding from a severe, rapid tear along the abdominal wall could go unnoticed, sensitivity in the stomach wall tends to decrease after such surgeries, can without timely care, cause life threatening issues for the mom and the tentative unborn child.
Think long and hard ladies. I know I am. I have a little boy who definitely would miss not having mother around. Children are miracles and blessings from above, no argument... But think long and hard.
Good luck
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replied July 8th, 2013
Hernia mesh while pregnant
Well thank you , Serious Thought...Now Im scared as hell...Im 4 1/2 months along and starting to get pains...what do I do now?!
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