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Hiatal Hernia and pregnancy?
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Hiatal Hernia and pregnancy?
Hello!  I was recently diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia.  I need to lose some stomach weight and my doctor seems to feel thst this will solve the problem.  I am a 29 year old female who recently got married and would like to start a family this fall.  Are there any risks?  Will my hernia get bigger?

thanks!
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I cannot think this would cause you any probs when pregnant...the only reason I say this is that I was told by my surgeon that 40% of the population have a hiatal hernia they are just not always aware of it....so if there was a problem it would affect alot of people and I am sure we would have more about it.....I have had my hernia repaired at the same time as reflux surgery .....and I am thinking of adding to my family soon......I am 33
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Thank you Sue for your comments.  This helped a lot.  My doctor did not want to do any surgery because I guess mine was too small to worry about.  You mentioned that you had surgery for your hernia with reflux.  Did you have a lot of trouble?
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I did have quite a bad time of it for a while ....the reflux made me feel sick most of the time...heartburn was secondary really...but I am fine now...thanks for asking
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I have a small hiatal hurnia.  I have been through three pregnancies.  Didnt gain much weight due to the vomiting in my first. i popped lots of rolaids and Tums, drinking Mylanta really helped but i didnt figure that one out until my third pregnancy.  It is possible to be pregnant and have a hiatal hurnia.  Check with your OB to see which drugs are safe during pregnancy, even before you actually get pregnant.  Good luck
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Thank you kiagirl for your response!  This has been very helpful...  :)
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