Safe to Get Pregnant Again After 2 Hernia Repairs?

i have had 2 c-sections and 2 hernia repairs my last 1 being in feb/2010. i am pregnant now and want to know if it is safe to carry full term. thank you

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Safe to Get Pregnant Again After 2 Hernia Repairs?

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It is impossible to answer your questions without more information. You never specified WHICH type(s) of hernias you had (ventral, inguinal, femoral,obturator etc). A hernia usually occurrs due to a combination of straining and a congenitally or acquired weakness of the abdominal wall leading to an intra-abdominal portion protruding from its normal position. A pregnancy will stretch out the front part of the tummy and may strain a ventral hernia repair but should not impact other areas if they were repaired successfully. Furthermore, unless there are other mitigating circumstances a history of a hernia repair should not be a contra-indication for carrying a pregnancy to term.

Peter A Aldea, MD

Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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