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A 29-year-old male asked about a 20-year-old female:

My gf is pregnant. her belly button was pierced & now that skin flap is tearing as her belly grows. any ideas how to sooth or stop this tearing?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Belly Piercings: Have you removed the piercing? If not it may be time to do so.
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Dr. Erik Suh
Dr. Erik Suhanswered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Take out the ring: Take our the ring and use lot of lotion for now.
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Dr. Fred Coleman
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 48 years experience
Massage?: Usually the skin will stretch as the uterus grows, since it grows so slowly (it may not seem like it is slow to you, but it is). If it is tearing anyway, a light massage may help stretch the scar and allow it to stretch more without tearing (stop if it hurts). This would have to be done several times a day for a few minutes at a time. Sometimes it can look torn, but just be a stretch mark instead.
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Last updated Apr 8, 2013

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