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Is it safe to try and conceive with a hernia?

Is it ok to try and conceive if I have an inguinal hernia? If I am only a of couple of weeks pregnant can I have an inguinal hernia surgery? 


Megan Prickett | Obstetrician

Megan Prickett

A hernia occurs when a section of intestine protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal wall. A soft bulge is seen underneath the skin where the hernia has occurred.

An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area, when a section of intestine pushes through a weak spot in the inguinal canal.

Obesity, pregnancy, heavy lifting, and straining to pass stool can all be causes of inguinal hernias.

If your inguinal hernia has been evaluated by a phsycian and it is not symptomatic, it is fine to attepmt conception. If you are considering surgical correction of the hernia, it is better to have this taken care of prior to pregnancy.

If you are recently pregnant, your physician may decide to have you go ahead with the repair of the hernia. However, he or she will want you to wait until you are about 14 weeks along before doing the surgery.

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