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Hi there.
Married, 35, mother of 4 year old: Had a crohn's resectioning last year that caused a (large) incisional hernia. Was slated for weight loss surgery next month - found out we are 9 weeks pregnant.
Crohn's is in remission, so no concerns there.
The hernia, however, has made me appear about 6 months pregnant since last year. I currently wear Spanx in order to keep everything somewhat contained.
Questions: Will there be room for the baby to grow with the massive hernia? Will the risk be greater than a traditional pregnancy? Will the Spanx cause harm to the baby?
(Surprise pregnancy, but we are thrilled and want to make sure that all goes well for the newest little one)
Thank you.

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replied April 21st, 2010
Complications during Pregnancy Answer A11394

An incisional hernia does get disturbed with increasing abdominal mass. You need to be careful on that. It is not free of risk as such.

I advise you to get a surgeon's opinion and also get a second opinion on continuation of your pregnancy from another obstetrician to assess the grade of hernia, chances of strangulation (should be ruled out), progression, response with increasing abdominal girth which is obvious with pregnancy and also the use of Spanx.

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