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What causes herniated belly buttons?

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Dr. Michael Klein
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In brief: Bad luck mostly

An umbilical or belly button hernia is when a natural weakness in the belly button left over from our fetal days is stretched open letting abdominal fat and intestines push through the now weakened hole making a bulge.
This can become a problem if the contents become stuck and will cause pain. Why some get it is more a matter of luck, its not your fault! lifting and straining will worsen it.

In brief: Bad luck mostly

An umbilical or belly button hernia is when a natural weakness in the belly button left over from our fetal days is stretched open letting abdominal fat and intestines push through the now weakened hole making a bulge.
This can become a problem if the contents become stuck and will cause pain. Why some get it is more a matter of luck, its not your fault! lifting and straining will worsen it.
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