In the latest case of the internet coming to the rescue, Reddit users saved one pregnant woman from what could have been a serious complication after her husband uploaded a video of her “belly button trick” to the site.
User “Rebelrockstar” posted a video of his wife (who is reportedly a doctor herself) pushing her belly button out into a gross-looking bulge, reports The Daily Mail.
Check it out (if you’re squeamish, just a quick warning that the video is pretty graphic):
After a fellow Reddit user said the balloon-like protrusion looked like a hernia, the couple got it checked out. And it turns out the internet was right—that “belly button trick” was actually an umbilical hernia, which occurs when part of the intestine pokes through the umbilical opening in the abdominal muscles. Gross and dangerous.
So should you be worried that this could happen to you if you’re preggo? Not necessarily. This type of hernia is pretty uncommon, says Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at Touro College of Medicine in New York City. In fact, umbilical hernias account for less than 15 percent of all hernia cases, he says. They’re more likely to happen to women who’ve had multiple pregnancies, like the mama in this particular Reddit case.
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Treatment for the freaky-looking gut issue varies. “Certain umbilical hernias may be so small and asymptomatic that patients aren’t typically even aware a hernia is present,” says Sonpal. “These hernias do not require repair and can just be observed.”
But if symptoms are noticeable—like they were in this case—surgery might be necessary. The bottom line: If you feel like something funky is going on, ask your doctor rather than Reddit.