Healing an Umbilical Hernia

At the Tummy Team, we offer Prenatal Core Training to prepare the abdomen for carrying and delivering the baby – both which can cause or worsen diastasis and other problems. We encourage our clients to journal their story so they can see the changes. Below are the first 2 inspiring journal entries from an online client about healing her umbilical hernia…

First Journal Entry…

At 17 weeks pregnant with my 4th baby, I was already experiencing pain in my belly button from an umbilical hernia that had developed at the end of my 3rd pregnancy – about 18 months before.  I had just been dealing with it. But once my belly started growing, I realized the possibility that it would only get worse with this next pregnancy.  I knew I had to do something! I started researching like crazy.  I knew I definitely didn’t want surgery which is what all the “conventional” treatments recommend. There had to be another way.

Then I happened upon The Tummy Team after reading about posture and alignment at KatySays and Fit2B.  Finally, a hopeful solution!  When I checked, I found out that I have a diastasis of about 4.5 fingers at my navel. I started incorporating whatever I could glean from reading through their websites. I stopped doing the exercises that I found out were making my problems worse.  I started trying to activate my core as best as I could. I even borrowed a belly splint from my mom that she had used after a major abdominal surgery (it looked similar to the 4-panel splints at The Tummy Team). I wore the splint for a few hours 2 days a week and realized that I do not know how to activate my transverse muscle very well at all and that I do need more help.  I’m looking forward to starting the Prenatal Core Program and seeing if somehow my diastase can be lessened even before my pregnancy is over. Even if it just doesn’t get any worse, it will be worth it.

Second Journal Entry…

I’m just beginning week 3 in the Prenatal Core Rehab program and I am excited about moving into the standing exercises. It will be much easier for me to incorporate them into my day since I am on my feet all day taking care of 3 kids under 5! I have mostly been doing the transverse holds standing already anyway.  At this point, I am 25 weeks pregnant. The pain I was experiencing in my belly button (from an umbilical hernia) has reduced tremendously. I find myself pushing on my belly button out of habit, but finding much less to push back in which is awesome! Also, I have noticed less leaking when I cough, etc. Honestly, if I think about it, I’m not sure my belly button pain is there anymore at all… If so, it is rare. That is incredible since two months ago I was having considerable belly button pain which is what sent me on this journey in the first place. I knew if I was hurting already at that point, and had much more growing to do, my umbilical hernia could likely get much worse! Thank God I found The Tummy Team! It is helping already and has relieved me of any anxiety about getting worse throughout this 4th pregnancy. I may even be better off in the end than I was at the beginning, we’ll see!

Don’t wait any longer if you are experiencing any pain! We can help with diastasis recti, pelvic/back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, pre/postnatal core weakness, umbilical hernias and more.

The Tummy Team has helped thousands of clients locally and internationally with their comprehensive online core rehab programs. The core is the foundation for all your movement all day long. If you are struggling to really connect to your core, let us help you. Check out our online courses HERE or click the images below to preview our most popular programs.

Diastasis Recti


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