Has Your ‘Innie’ become an ‘Outie’?
The Ins and Outs of Protruding Navel During Pregnancy
Anytime from about week 26 of pregnancy, you might find that your belly button ‘pops out’. A protruding navel is simply the result the of the rapid growth of the uterus pushing the abdomen forward. There’s nothing you can do about it and it’s usually nothing to worry about.
Is Your Protruding Navel getting Irritating?
Sometimes, your newly prominent belly button can become sore, red, or irritated. This is usually the result of your navel rubbing against your clothing. Wear purpose-made maternity pants with a breathable waistline. Or, if your belly button is sitting a little higher, go for loose cotton tops which won’t rub and irritate your belly button. If it ever gets seriously uncomfortable, you should discuss it with your doctor or midwife.
Protruding Navel Hernia
Very occasionally, women find their navel protruding so much that it’s classed as an umbilical hernia. Often, your doctor can gently push it back into place but sometimes minor surgery is needed to correct a hernia.
Protruding Navel in Infants
While we’re talking about belly buttons, let’s take a quick look at the protruding navel in babies. That’s right – after he or she is born your baby may have an Outie belly button to match your own! Approximately 20% of newborn babies have a protruding navel or an umbilical hernia which develops after the umbilical opening has healed. The name sounds frightening but a newborn navel protruding is usually nothing to worry about. It is simply the abdomen putting pressure on that area. As long as it doesn’t become red, swollen, or infected, it should settle within 12 months. If you’re worried about your baby’s navel, mention it at your neonatal check-ups.
Learn More About Your Pregnancy Symptoms:
Which pregnancy symptoms are normal (even when they’re painful and/or irritating)? And which could be a sign of serious pregnancy complications? When is it time to call the midwife? Find out about some of the more unusual pregnancy symptoms and what they mean here.
You and your baby are going to spend a lot of time together and now’s the perfect time to start forming that unbreakable bond. Check out our fun tips and advice on bonding with your baby while he or she is in the womb.
Find out more about pregnancy symptoms and fetal developments typical of each week of pregnancy in our week by week calendar.