How to Cure Umbilical Hernia after Pregnancy Naturally?

I didn’t know about umbilical hernia after pregnancy until after I got pregnant. After giving birth to my first child, I developed a painless thumb-like protruding on the area around my navel. At first, I thought it was normal and it would disappear within a few days. It was until the second week that I decided to consult my doctor on the issue. Hey, I needed to look “sexy” again, wear a bikini and hit the beach sometimes.

So, what is umbilical hernia? During pregnancy a lot of pressure within the body: with the expansion of the uterus and abdominal muscles. The body tends to push the pressure outwards. There is no other perfect place to relieve this pressure than through the weak abdominal muscles within the umbilical ring. Umbilical hernia is this bulge mostly on the area around your navel.

Causes of umbilical hernia after pregnancy


We all have to wonder; what causes umbilical hernia after pregnancy? During pregnancy, you and your baby are connected through tiny openings on your umbilical cord. Under normal circumstances, these openings close once you give birth. However, this is not always the case. At times these openings may fail to close completely and expose you to risks of umbilical hernia after pregnancy.

When you are in labor and giving birth there is an excess stretch on the abdominal muscles making them weaken and become thin. Hey, if this happens; you are most likely to get umbilical hernia after pregnancy.

Here is the list of activities you do while pregnant that you didn’t know exposes you to umbilical hernia by increasing pressure on your abdominal muscles.( Might actually shock you)

  • Previous abdominal surgery
  • Fluids in the abdomen
  • Chronic sneezing and prolonged coughing
  • Obese
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Multiple pregnancies (more than one baby in a single pregnancy or several having more than one pregnancy)

Symptoms of umbilical hernia

There are three major ways that can help you identify if you have umbilical hernia after pregnancy:

  • Second
  • Third

Severe cases of strangulated umbilical hernia has the following symptoms:

  • Constipation
  • Mild nausea
  • Blood in stool
  • Vomiting

Natural ways to treat Umbilical hernia after pregnancy

You don’t have to go to the hospital so as to treat umbilical hernia. Here are the natural ways you can use while still at home.


If someone had asked me to do some exercise while I had umbilical hernia, I would have just looked at the person and wonder. How am I supposed to go to the gym? Even lifting a Garran of water proved to be just too much to for me.

Hey, the exercise you need so as to cure umbilical hernia does not involve you going to the gym. The core reason as to why you have this condition is due to abdominal stress and pressure, right? Yoga is a good exercise to start with. Try some breathing exercise and meditation. This will help relieve the pain and eventually help strengthen your abdominal muscles and with time cure the umbilical hernia.

Also, try lifting your legs in a vertical position and try and maintain that posture for some seconds. I tried this and the overall outcome was convincing. I had my condition cured within two weeks

During this period avoid wearing high heels shoes; the last thing you want is to increase the pressure on your abdominal muscles. Wearing high heels actually causes strain on your pelvic muscles; it is this pressure that shall cause stress on your abdominal muscles elevating the pain and eventually make the condition even worse. It’s good you always ensure that your body is in an upright posture.

2. Hawthornia

This has been used by the Chinese for over ten decades. A friend of mine used it and I can testify to how effective this mixture is. Yes, Hawthornia is a mix of hawthorn, citrus seeds, litchi seeds and fennel.

Although originally from China, this mixture is now commonly used in numerous European and Asian countries. It helps strengthen the muscles supporting the internal organs in the abdominal region. It is scientifically proven that if used early hawthornia can help prevent the development of umbilical hernia after pregnancy as well as limiting it from growing any larger.

3. Food rich in proteins and low fat

If you take food rich in fat this is the high time to change your diet. Consuming food rich in fats and less protein weakens the abdominal muscles and exposes you to the risk of contacting umbilical hernia. If you already have the condition consuming food rich in fats makes the condition escalating.

You should eat food such as chicken, pumpkin seeds, eggs, Greek yogurt, peanut, cottage cheese, oats, tuna and skim milk. These will help you strengthen your abdominal muscles and will cure your condition with time.

4. Fiber rich food

You should ensure you eat food such as almonds, peas, beans, fruits, oat meat, whole-wheat spaghetti, and barley. This will help reduce constipation by easing your bowel movements.

No one wants constipation, right? By reducing constipation these fiber rich foods will help reduce abdominal pressure, as a result, cure your condition.

5. Shepherd

You should apply this herb on the affected area. It helps reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling. It also helps reduce infections on the affected area. Shepherd’s herb is crucial in ensuring the constriction of blood vessels in the affected area lessen the flow of blood into this region. This helps in the curing of umbilical hernia.

Shepherd can also be used as a supplement when taken internally as it helps strengthen the abdominal muscles thus preventing umbilical hernia.

6. Licorice

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This is a root herb that has is commonly used to cure respiratory problems and sore throat. It also helps relieve pain and burning sensation in the chest, esophagus and the area infected by umbilical hernia.

When is surgery recommended?

In the case of severe pain and strangulation (where blood does not flow on the affected area), surgery is recommended. It’s quite an easy procedure that takes not more than 40 minutes and you shall go home on the first day of surgery.

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It is my sincere hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. We now know what causes umbilical hernia, what are the symptoms and finally, the treated. What more could we ask for?

I didn’t have any knowledge on umbilical hernia, in fact, I perceived it as normal and that it would disappear with time. My condition became worse and I had to visit my doctor. If I had this knowledge then, I would have avoided going through so much pain as a result of umbilical hernia. On the other hand, you now have the information to see you through your this condition. Please share this article with a friend and don’t forget to leave a comment on the comment box bellow. Thank you.

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Jennifer Shackelford

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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