Women have many hurdles to overcome during their pregnancies. Carrying a baby is a huge commitment that takes time, love, and effort. Women must devote themselves to their baby’s health, and part of the devotion is caring for their own health.
Hernias are commonly experienced by women during their pregnancies. Some hernias can lead to serious health issues, but there are many hernias that are not too worrisome, especially if they are not causing discomfort. Here are a few insights into dealing with hernia complications during a pregnancy.
Causes of Hernias During Pregnancy:
A hernia refers to a common medical condition that occurs when a portion of an internal organ protrudes externally through a hole in a muscle. Most hernias usually develop in the abdomen and groin area. If hernias are left untreated, they do have the capability to become serious health risks and they can lead to significant complications down the road.
During pregnancy, the muscles and tendons in a woman’s body become more elastic, and they are required to stretch as the baby grows. The pressure on a woman’s body increases as the delivery date moves closer, and that pressure can lead to a hernia. Other cause include heavy lifting, fluid pressure in the abdomen, excess weight, and coughing or sneezing. Some hernias are painful and some less so, but all pregnant woman should consult a health specialist to determine if any action needs to be taken sooner rather than later.
Some Hernias Are Less Concerning:
Many hernias are not a cause for too much concern. Women already have so much to worry about during their pregnancies, that many doctors don’t want to address hernias unless it is truly necessary.
If the hernia is found and identified during the pregnancy, then the mother and the doctor may decide that it is not a big enough health concern to deal with it until after the baby comes. Doctors can help make a recommendation, but the mother should always seek a second opinion if she feels uncertain of the doctor’s recommendation.
How to Decide When to Treat the Hernia:
The most effective method of fixing a hernia is usually surgery. Doctors often recommend surgery for hernias because the wall of the muscle needs to be surgically repaired to strengthen it and prevent the hernia from happening again.
Because fixing a hernia often requires surgery, most doctors will not recommend that a pregnant woman undergoes surgery unless the hernia could become a health risk that has the potential to harm the woman or child during the birth.
Before deciding on any plan of action when a hernia is identified during a pregnancy, the woman should carefully consider how much of a risk the hernia would actually pose to her and the child. Making a decision to undergo surgery while pregnant is an important decision, and it should be made with careful deliberation only after the proper research as been gathered and understood. Health professionals can lend helpful opinions and help the woman decide which path is best.