I am 24 weeks pregnant and I recently started experiencing an odd pain around my belly button. It doesn’t bother me every day but when it does it is usually in the afternoon and evening. I also noticed that when I lay down the pain will diminish. Is this normal and is there anything I can do to help it go away? Kelly
While pain around the belly button doesn’t happen with every pregnancy it is actually quite common. The trick is finding out exactly what is causing it.
To start off the abdominal wall is at its thinnest around the navel add to that the thinning and widening of the connective tissue that joins the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle, a normal process of pregnancy that allows the belly to expand and make room for the growing baby, and top it off with an expanding uterus and growing pressure from the baby and it’s no wonder that many women experience soreness in this area.
Daily belly massage, stretching exercises, such as prenatal yoga, and wearing a belly support can be helpful not only for the pain but also for stretch marks. If it seems like laughing or coughing brings about the pain giving a little extra support to you belly can be very effective in minimizing the pain.
Another cause can come from the outside of your expanding belly. No longer fitting at your desk or stretching to reach items on the kitchen counter can cause your tender belly button to rub against desk or counter. Overtime this can not only wear a hole in your favorite top, but it may also cause a sore spot. Be mindful of rubbing your belly against things and if you cannot avoid it think about adding a little padding.
In addition to the issues above, pain around the belly button can come from one or more of the following:
- Gastrointestinal issues like gas, constipation, and reflux
- Uterine fibroid
- Umbilical hernia