Every mum knows her stomach is never quite the same after having a baby. Maybe there’s some soft extra flesh, or a few stretch marks. Maybe there’s a caesarean scar.
In Kari Horn’s case, it was something even more dramatic. The Virginia mum has shared a photo of her stomach following surgery for umbilical hernias, and it’s gone viral.
Horn gave birth to her son 18 months ago. The pregnancy came as a surprise.
“When we found out I was pregnant, we were all pretty shocked and worried, because up to that point I had been made to believe that I couldn’t conceive because of endometriosis and a retroverted uterus,” she told The Huffington Post.
Horn’s pregnancy had to be closely monitored, and she ended up giving birth via emergency c-section.
After the birth, everything seemed to go well. The only unusual thing Horn noticed in the months that followed was that she had a bulge about the size of a golf ball just above her belly button.
About six months ago, the bulge started causing her serious discomfort.
"I could take a single bite of food, and it would feel 'stuck' in that spot and make me feel full," Horn told Cosmopolitan.
The bulge also caused her discomfort when she was holding her son or even just breathing.
A colleague suspected she might have a hernia, and a doctor confirmed it.
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An umbilical hernia occurs when the muscles around the belly button are weak, and a small part of the gut pushes through. It’s more common in women who have frequent pregnancies or multiple births. Horn’s doctor said it was related to her having a large baby (her son weighed 4kg).