Q&A: Belly Button Soreness

Learn why you might be experiencing some belly button pain in your second trimester.

Q. My belly button is suddenly sticking out and feels very sore. It's annoying! Why is this happening?

A. During pregnancy, your uterus pushes so hard against your abdomen that your navel is forced to pop out. After the baby is born, your belly button will go back to being an "innie," if that's what you had before, or it will at least flatten out. Meanwhile, your navel is getting pressure from the inside and coming into unexpected and uncomfortable contact with your clothing, so wear soft, loose, breathable shirts and try not to lean against anything with your stomach.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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