Pain near the belly button during pregnancy.

Aches and pains during pregnancy are a part of your bundle of joy. The woman’s body goes through many changes and adapts to accommodate the growing fetus by relaxing ( sometimes stretching too)  the muscles and ligaments. The stretching creates more space between the pelvic bones and spine, and the bones which are loosely held and are anyway difficult to move. 

The stretching of ligaments and bones is a natural way of the body to make space for the baby. This prevents the pregnancy from getting clumsy and painful. Beginning in the 1st trimester, the woman experiences different kinds of pains, bloating, cramps, etc during her pregnancy.

How will your Belly Button change during Pregnancy?

Due to the growing fetus, the female’s concave belly button starts protruding. Initially, the female may not face this change, but as the pregnancy progresses, she may start noticing the evident protruded navel.

Read below 6 reasons for belly or navel pain during pregnancy.

  1. Bodily changesbodily changes during pregnancy
    As the baby grows, it needs more space in the uterus, which results in a growing belly. To provide more space to the growing baby, the muscles and skin of the belly stretch out, which can be a reason for pain in the belly button, both on the inside and the outside of the belly. This pain can occur from the earlier stages of pregnancy. Some women even have belly button pain until the end of their pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the pressure that the baby puts on the uterus radiates to the belly and causes pain.
     
  2. Protruding Belly ButtonProtruding belly button during pregnancy can be big trouble for many women. Touching and contact with clothes can irritate the skin and lead to pain around the belly. In these such, doctors suggest women wear light, comfortable clothing that does not irritate their skin or cover up the belly like a bandage.  Protect your navel area from any direct contact with the fabrics to prevent discomfort.Also Read: What does White Discharge during Second Trimester of Pregnancy Indicate?
  3. Intestinal infectionA pregnant female can have an intestinal infection which can cause severe abdominal pain near the belly button area. There can also be other symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and fever which indicate an intestinal infection. Intestinal infection can be a serious complication during pregnancy. The woman should consult a doctor to avoid any complications later. 
  4. Pressure from the Uterus

    female having backpain in pregnancy
    In the first trimester, the uterus is relatively small and increases in size as the baby grows. The pressure from the inside of the body is exerted on the abdomen and navel area.  It is totally normal to have pain around the belly. There may be times when you would feel that the pain is just gonna make you pop! Hold on, the growing baby will give you a hard time, but that is a part of your journey. Consult your doctor if the pain gets worse or more severe or if you experience other abnormal symptoms along with it. (Also Read: Natural Foods to Improve Uterus Health)
     
  5. Umbilical hernia
    An umbilical hernia is not uncommon during pregnancy. It happens when a lot of pressure is exerted in the abdomen. An umbilical hernia is not something that only happens to pregnant women.  But a pregnant woman is at a higher risk of developing it. In this case, along with belly button pain, the woman might notice a slight bulge near the navel, swelling, nausea or vomiting. Contact your doctor right away if you have any of such symptoms. A delay in their treatment can develop serious complications.
  6. Navel Piercingpregnant woman with belly piercing
    Females having a piercing on their belly button or near that area (known as navel piercing) are more likely to have belly button pain during pregnancy. This is so because the skin with the piercing becomes more sensitive in the pregnancy. This factor can also increase the risk of developing navel infections as it is more difficult in cleaning that region.  It is advised that if the woman wants her body pierced, especially on the abdomen and belly area, she should use a material suitable for pregnancy to help prevent such complications. (Also Read: Benefits of Applying Oil Near Belly Button)

How to get relief from belly-button pain during pregnancy?  

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To relieve the belly button pain during pregnancy, the woman should first know the cause of the pain and then decide the treatment for the primary cause. It is most important to not put any pressure on the region to prevent further discomfort. For that, the female is recommended to: 

  • Sleep on the back or on the side (Also Read: What are the best sleeping positions during pregnancy? )
  • Wear a pregnancy strap
  • Indulge in in-water activities to mitigate the weight on abdomen area and the back
  • Wear comfortable, lightweight cotton fabrics and clothes that do not irritate the skin or body
  • Apply a cream or cocoa butter on the belly button skin to soothe the skin and also prevent dryness.

If you did not relief from the belly button pain even after taking the above measures, get in touch with a gynecologist to assess and monitor the condition. Do not take any risks with your pregnancy! 

What is the ‘Outie’ Belly Button in pregnancy?

The belly button protrudes, it is called an ‘outie’ belly button. A concave belly button is called an ‘innie’. If the female has an “outie”, then the chances of her belly button popping out during her pregnancy are quite high. A protruding belly button during pregnancy is quite normal condition and is regarded as harmless.

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When to call your doctor

If you still did not get relief from the home remedies, your doctor may have other suggestions for your help.  Contact your doctor  immediately if the pain gets severe or you are experiencing one or more of the following: 

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Cramping
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding

Your doctor will then rule out the risk of infection, hernia, or any other medical condition which might require treatment.

 

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