Out with the Belly Ring, On with the Cocoa Butter: My Poor Belly Button During Pregnancy

Last week I wrote about my hope to maintain my belly piercing throughout my entire pregnancy. I had pierced my belly button when I was eighteen years old (with ice, rubbing alcohol, and a safety pin, I will admit). Now, eight years later, the chances of the hole closing up is slim. However, I still had originally hoped to be able to leave my belly button ring in from the beginning through the end of my pregnancy. And I was doing pretty good up until last weekend.

Halfway through my pregnancy, the only noticeable change to my belly button was that the little scar between the top and bottom hole of my piercing was a little stretched out and rather red. (I have actually pierced my belly button twice, and the little scar is the result of the bottom whole of the first piercing.) Then at a little over three-fourths through my pregnancy, my piercing and belly button were even more stretched out. My belly button, too, was much shallower than before pregnancy.

However, last weekend I decided that the time had come to remove my belly ring. The little scar between the two holes was now incredibly stretched out and extremely red. My belly button was also feeling a little sore; I would get a twinge of uncomfortable pain when I bumped or rubbed my stomach against something. And so I took out my belly ring. I slathered on a bunch of cocoa butter, and, by the next day, my belly button was feeling and looking so much better.

I had really hoped to be able to keep my belly button ring in throughout my entire pregnancy. As of today at thirty-five weeks and three days pregnant, I am measuring a whopping thirty-nine centimeters, which means my uterus and stomach are both stretched to the breaking point. Because I am so enormously huge, my belly button and piercing are also both stretched to the extreme. Alas, I was therefore forced to remove my belly ring for my own comfort. Now I am just hoping that my belly button returns to something somewhat normal-looking after Poppy is born!

Pregnant Belly Pregnant Belly Button

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Pregnant Belly © 2011 Heather Johnson
Pregnant Belly Button © 2011 Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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