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What is not normal?

What is not normal?


Tender, sore belly button or navel

Bruised sensations or sore spots

Low, heavy dragging aches and pains

Splitting, tearing belly pains

It is very common to experience sensations of superficial tenderness, 'tearing' or 'splitting' down the centre of the belly, mainly during the last few months of the pregnancy. This sensation is generally due to the two large abdominal muscles stretching and 'splitting' in late pregnancy.

Abdominal muscle separation is a normal part of late pregnancy. There are two large abdominal muscle sheets (known as 'Recti muscles') that cover and support the internal organs . These muscles run from the rib cage, down to the pubic bone. They meet in a line, down the middle of the abdomen, above and below the belly button (this is the line where some women find their skin darkens during pregnancy, called the 'linea nigra' or 'black line'). Towards the end of the pregnancy, the abdominal muscles separate, to allow your belly to accommodate your growing baby. Some women are unaware of this separation happening, although many will feel discomfort along this area.

This is normal but can be quite uncomfortable, usually easing within a few days. Massaging the area, using a heat pack and supporting the belly with a pillow while sleeping, may help.

Tender, sore belly button or navel

Many women find that their belly button (or navel) becomes quite sore and tender in the last few months of pregnancy. For women with an 'inny' belly button, it may be the first time this part of your body has seen the light of day! The previously 'protected' skin of the navel, can rub frequently on clothing, making it feel a little raw and tender. Along with this, you may also experience a stretching or splitting sensation, that comes with the normal separation of the abdominal muscles behind it, make this area particularly uncomfortable.

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