How Pregnancy Changes Your Belly Button

The Pregnant Belly Button

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Okay, it may sound downright silly to devote a whole article to the pregnant belly button - but I get a lot of mail on this topic! So here are the answers to some of the most popular questions about the belly button of a pregnant woman.

Belly Button Piercings and Pregnancy

Q. I have my navel pierced. Do I have to take the belly button ring out during pregnancy? If so, when?

A. I've had several clients who had their navels pierced prior to becoming pregnant.

They have each made different decisions regarding the ring during pregnancy. I have had some people choose to remove it at their practitioner's request, though no medical reason was stated, ask your practitioner what is right for you. Some choose to leave it until their bellies got larger and then removed it. A few were forced to remove it as it became uncomfortable at the very end of pregnancy as their abdomens were stretched tautly causing a pulling sensation.

And then I've also had some who left it in the whole time with never a care. This will be determined by how your belly grows as well as how your piercing is doing. You and your practitioner should have a conversation about it and do what works best for you. There is not one right answer.

Belly Button Pops Out or Not

Q. Why is my belly button sticking out?

A. Even if you've been an "inny" all of your life, during pregnancy the expansion of your abdomen can cause you to be an "outy." There isn't much you can do about this temporary condition, except to cover it with clothing.

Some women have taped something over it to create a more flat appearance under their clothing. You should also have your practitioner check it out to ensure you don't have a hernia.
Will my belly button pop out?

Q. Is it normal to have a flat belly button?

A. Yes, as your stomach expands with the baby, you may notice that your belly button becomes flat and taut against your skin.

This is normal and will revert back to your normal belly button once your baby is born. Sometimes this has a flap of skin that lays flat with an indent. This is not a cause for concern.

Physical Issues with a Pregnant Belly Button

Q. I have a pain inside my belly button. What causes this?

A. This can be caused from the stretching of the skin on your abdomen or it can a muscular issue. Always report pain to your doctor or midwife. They may have some suggestions for how to help alleviate the pain, but for most women, it is temporary as the belly stretches past a certain point. Sharp pain that feels stabbing and does not go away after a minute should be followed up with a phone call to your doctor or midwife for advice.

Q. My belly and belly button are itchy. Should I be concerned?

A. As the skin stretches it may become irritated and itchy. This is usually temporary and normal. Try to keep it well hydrated with your favorite lotion for some relief.

See also: 6 Places to Find Unexpected Stretch Marks

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