Will pregnancy make hernia grow larger?

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   Posted 10/2/2013 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a small hiatus hernia (1cm), acid reflux and I want to have a baby. But I am worrying about my hernia. Will a hiatus hernia grow larger after pregnancy? How much larger?

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   Posted 10/2/2013 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
That is something no one could estimate.

Since you want to have a baby, I say go for it! Life's gambles turn into some of life's most precious gifts.

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   Posted 10/3/2013 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I would ask your consultant. At a guess I would say yes, anything that causes larger abdominal pressure puts more pressure on the hiatus.
On saying that my hernia has grown in 9 months from <1cm to now 3cm and all I have done is the usual house chores, I'm not overweight so go figure.
You may have a much stronger diaphragm than me, and you could be just fine, but I would ask your consultant as he would surely have had cases of this in the past.
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