Bellybutton pain during pregnancy
In the uterus, the umbilical cord is the most vital organ as a primary channel to oxygen and nutrients from the body of the mother to the fetus. After birth, the umbilical cord is cut and no longer holds the vital role of the body in the process of breathing and digestion. The navel is also rarely causing a big problem for the health of the body. Although it never interferes, sometimes the navel is painful in certain circumstances including during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the mother’s body experiences many changes. Hormonal and body changes occurred often cause discomfort. They do not only often experience nausea, vomiting, and aches in the body, but also be faced with various other discomforts such as the appearance of pain in the navel. Some pregnant women may feel navel pain, but it is common for other pregnant women not to experience it. Belly button pain during pregnancy is often experienced by some pregnant women, especially in the second and third trimesters (when the stomach gets bigger).
Navel pain is a normal thing that can be experienced by pregnant women. Generally, it will relieve themselves after 6 weeks giving birth. Before finding out how to heal it, it is recommended for the mother to know the causes of navel pain (in pregnant women). Belly button pain for pregnant women can occur on various factors, they are:
- The skin and muscles around the center of the body are stretched
During pregnancy, the mother’s skin and abdominal muscles stretch to the maximum size until the end of pregnancy. This causes the skin to itch, stretch marks to appear, and pain in some places as the pregnancy progresses. Usually, the navel will move and shift during stretching and can cause irritation. This is prone to infection if the protruding belly button rubs against the shirt. If the mother experiences it, protect the navel with a bandage or use a soft shirt to avoid irritation.
- Uterine pressure
As the gestational process runs, the uterus will grow bigger, and this process will suppress the stomach and navel. In the third trimester, the size of the baby and the amniotic sac will make the pressure in the navel stronger. Therefore, mothers with navel pain become prominent during pregnancy. This condition can make the mother experience discomfort in the navel.
- Umbilical hernias
Belly navel occurs when the stomach gets a lot of pressure from the inside, that’s what many pregnant women experience. The risk of having a belly button or umbilical hernia is greater if the mother is pregnant with twins. This risk also increases for the obsessed women. In addition to navel pain, the mother may also experience swelling around the navel that later it can cause infection. If these symptoms occur, the mother must contact the doctor immediately to prevent experiencing serious complications.
- Intestinal infections
Navel pain while pregnant can also be a sign of a disease. Mothers will experience pain in the area around the navel and feel other symptoms. Here are several common symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and increased body temperature, these need to be aware of. Because these symptoms can be due to an intestinal infection.
- Having indigestion
Indigestion can also be one of the causes of the navel and the surrounding area feels painful, moms. It is necessary to check what foods are consumed before, to know the causes of the painful belly button. Mothers’ consumption of spicy and fatty foods can affect the to have navel pain during pregnancy since this is one of the symptoms of digestives disorders.
- Navel piercing
Piercing on the navel can be one of the causes of the belly button so it becomes easy to get sick and get any infection to form an abscess. Therefore, if pregnant women have navel piercings, piercings should be removed and not used during pregnancy. It is best to consult with your doctor before removing the piercing.
If mothers experience pain in the navel, keep calm and don’t worry, you try the following advantage tips to manage the pain during pregnancy.
- Compressing. Compress your belly button with cold water or warm water to help reduce itching and discomfort. Avoid using ice cubes or too hot water, since it can be harmful to the skin. Compress navel with warm water for ± 15-20 minutes 3 times a day.
- Calamine or aloe vera lotion. Apply lotion evenly to the navel and its surroundings to make sensitive skin feel more comfortable.
- Massage. If the navel is caused by an umbilical hernia, massaging it can reduce discomfort. Do it gently, don’t press it too much.
- Sleep on your sideways. Try sleeping on your side, this can reduce the pressure on the abdomen, do not forget to place a pillow under the stomach. Get used to sleeping sideways to the left. Moreover, you can use any pillows to support your belly.
- Regular cleaning of the navel to prevent irritation and pain. But avoid cleaning your belly button too often or cleaning with soap or antiseptic fluids, because it risks damaging the navel’s natural defenses. If they are damaged, the navel will easily be infected. Also, avoid the habit of picking up your belly button.
- Wearing loose clothing and special pants for pregnant women, to prevent friction
Even though the pain in the belly button of a pregnant woman is quite normal, the mother must consult a gynecologist immediately if the navel pain does not subside for a long period or with other following symptoms, such as cramps, fever, vomiting, and bleeding.
Clean the belly button properly
Just like other parts of the body, the navel must also be cleaned to remove germs and prevent the buildup of dead skin, sweat, and oils produced naturally of the body. Use warm water and mild soap. Clean the belly button with a washcloth, then rinse with warm water, then dry the belly button with a towel to make sure no water is left. Regular bathing can also help prevent skin problems and odors, including the navel. Mother with many outdoor activities and are easy to sweat, it is necessary to clean the navel afterward.
If you are accustomed to using lotion after bathing, you should avoid it at the navel because the moisture from the product can increase bacterial growth and make the belly button easily dirty.