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Inguinal (groin area) hernia during pregnancy


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#1 Beanette

Posted 25 May 2019 - 09:51 AM

I am currently 36 weeks pregnant and have been having pain near my pubic bone for about a month now. Yesterday at my appointment, my OB told me that he thinks it is most likely a inguinal hernia and that I will need to have an ultrasound at 6 weeks post birth to assess how large it is and whether I will need surgery to repair it.

Has anyone else had experience with one of these hernias? Did giving birth allow it to fix itself or did you require surgery?

I am concerned because I have a toddler too, and I know that recovery for a hernia repair will mean no lifting for a period of time. I am having a csection so DH is already taking all his annual leave for the first six weeks post birth as I won't be able to lift anything then either.

It goes from being very sore (needing to sit down and rest) to unnoticeable (apparently when it pops in and out?).

#2 Soontobegran

Posted 25 May 2019 - 10:07 AM

I think I'd like an ultrasound now to see the extent of it.
Is that a possibility?

I have known women who have needed them done during their C/S.

Hopefully it is going to be one that will reduce after pregnancy though and not become a problem that needs to be dealt with in that early period.

#3 Beanette

Posted 25 May 2019 - 10:23 AM

View PostSoontobegran, on 25 May 2019 - 10:07 AM, said:

I think I'd like an ultrasound now to see the extent of it.
Is that a possibility?

I have known women who have needed them done during their C/S.

Hopefully it is going to be one that will reduce after pregnancy though and not become a problem that needs to be dealt with in that early period.

I am seeing the OB on Tuesday, I'll ask him if it's possible to have the ultrasound done now. My csection is scheduled for about 2.5 weeks away so it would be much easier to have it done before the birth if possible.

My biggest concern is that I'll need to have 6 weeks of no lifting for the csection, then another period of time of no lifting when recovering from the hernia surgery. Just don't know how I'll manage with the toddler

#4 Soontobegran

Posted 25 May 2019 - 10:32 AM

View PostBeanette, on 25 May 2019 - 10:23 AM, said:

I am seeing the OB on Tuesday, I'll ask him if it's possible to have the ultrasound done now. My csection is scheduled for about 2.5 weeks away so it would be much easier to have it done before the birth if possible.

My biggest concern is that I'll need to have 6 weeks of no lifting for the csection, then another period of time of no lifting when recovering from the hernia surgery. Just don't know how I'll manage with the toddler

I think that is why some women I have seen have had them done at C/S because the recovery time can be served concurrently.
It will depend on the size of the defect and how easily things reduce of course.

Good luck.




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