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Hiatal hernia during pregnancy

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do i have to get a c section if i have an umblical hernia and im pregnant

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replied June 4th, 2010
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Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know whether you need to have a c section if you experience an umbilical hernia and you are pregnant.

A C section as a way of childbirth is indicated in situations such as placenta previa (when the placenta blocks the entrance of the cervix), deformity of the pelvis, acute distress with hypoxia and tachicardia or bradicardia of baby's heart, inability of the mother to push, colision in cases of giving birth of tweens, etc. In cases of an umbilical hernia, pregnancy and especially pushing at childbirth, the abdominal pressure increases and the hernia can increase. After childbirth the hernia may be pushed back in the abdomen without any further difficulties. In cases of incarceration of the hernia, surgery is required, but not always combined with a c section.

Given the data that you described, it sounds like you are experiencing an umbilical hernia. You may consider having normal childbirth. If you experience abdominal pain, meteorism (bloating), and cessation of the peristalsis, see an abdominal surgeon immediately.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. PLease contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment of hiatal hernia during pregnancy.

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