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Inguenal hernia (spelling?) and childbirth... advice from Mears, anyone, please?

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orangina Wed 23-Mar-05 21:19:53

I was diagnosed with an inguenal hernia on my RHS at about 30 weeks, am 37+ now, which has got steadily bigger. It's visible at the front, and I think I can also feel a swelling underneath, where, to make matters worse, I have a varicose vein (sorry if TMI), all of which is pretty uncomfortable. I'm not too worried about the VV to be honest, but I am concerned about the hernia, as I really don't know how I am going to push a baby out without pushing the hernia out as well, if you see what I mean. Am seeing the doctor tomorrow and will try to get them to address my concerns; up until now I have felt a bit fobbed off, and I would just like to be reassured (or otherwise) that I don't have to be worried about pushing, otherwise my labour will be.... I don't know, very nervous. Any experience or advice VERY VERY gratefully received. Also, if I should be asking the doctor anything in particular that I might not think of myself. THANK YOU!!!!!!!

KathH Wed 23-Mar-05 22:59:36

i had an inguenal hernia on my rhs too when i was pregnant - am waiting for a date for my op - but i accidentally had ds2 at home and everything was fine. My hernia doesnt bother me much now (ds2 is 6 mths now) but at the last stages of pregnancy it was very uncomfortable and tbh i thought it would all explode in childbirth but it didnt.

BadgerBadger Wed 23-Mar-05 23:18:16

I had an umbilical hernia during my second pregnancy. It didn't cause any problems at all and now (DD2 is 6 months) is not problematic at all, in fact it's not noticable in any way. I know it's not the same thing, but labour didn't worsen it .

checky Wed 23-Mar-05 23:21:33

Ive been plagued with 2 for the last 12 weeks (now have 2 weeks til edd). I have seen obs and private consultants galore and asked every midwife I have seen.
All I can do is reassure you with what I have been told which is this..
There is a risk that you could push it out but if you do it wont explode and you wont notice it among the other pain. There are things they can do if it gets too bad like local anas. etc
I have even been told that childbirth may not be as painful as ex[eriencing them anyway! Not sure how big or bad yours is but I totally sympathise cos mine had me crawling around the floor for 3 weeks in pure agony/
Have they given you dietary tips on what you can eat which may help you?
hope this helps

mears Wed 23-Mar-05 23:51:10

orangina - I have not actually personally come across this situation. I would not have thought that it would interefer with delivery TBH, but let me know what your doctos says. I would imagine that it may well resolve itself once the pregnancy is over.

orangina Thu 24-Mar-05 06:13:09

Thank you all so much for your responses, I feel so much better knowing that I am not the only one and also knowing that your experiences and assurances from various medicals are/have all been positive.... thank you thank you! Up until now, I have been told that I will probably have to have keyhole surgery after the whole pg/childbirth thing is over, which is fine. KathH, good to hear that all was well with you and your birth, and Checky, sorry to hear you have been in so much agony.... Mine has been consistently uncomfortable and periodically very painful (if I sit for too long without moving or am not wearing v. comfortable clothes/trousers), but I haven't had any dietary advice; would be very interested to know. Mears, thanks very much for responding to SOS , and I'll let you know how I get on today...
Many many thanks again everyone for helping to put my mind at rest O xxxx

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