Can Appendicitis Scar Affect Pregnancy?

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The night I am a 24 years old woman, I am currently 16week pregnant but my lower belly and navel doesn’t look that big yet. When I was in elementary school, I had an appendectomy with a vertical suture wound below the navel. Since then my lower abdomen has never been visibly distended, but my upper belly looks bigger. Especially with the condition that I am currently pregnant, you can see only my belly above my belly button which is enlarged to the navel area. I am very worried whether the fetus in my womb can develop well despite the appendix surgery scar? Or can it affect my pregnancy? Because until now I have not felt any fetal movement. R nThank you, hope the doctor can help with the answer.

1 Answer:

Hi Azkia, Thank you for the question.

First of all we congratulate her on her pregnancy. The size of the stomach when pregnant will also increase according to the increase in the size of the fetus in the uterus. At 16 weeks pregnant, it is still a natural thing if your stomach doesn't look big because the top of the uterus at 16 weeks of gestation is still below the belly button. Usually, your stomach will start to look big at 20 weeks of gestation and over. That way you don't have to worry about this. The presence of an appendectomy scar does not affect the growth of the fetus and uterus.

Fetal movements that are felt for the first time by pregnant women vary from one pregnant woman to another. The first fetal movements can be felt at 13-25 weeks of age. If you are pregnant for the first time, you can feel the movement of the fetus for the first time at the age of 25 weeks. But if you have been pregnant before, fetal movement will be felt earlier, at 13-18 weeks of age. If you still don't feel the movement of your fetus, you don't need to worry. Please continue to see a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology according to the doctor's recommended examination schedule. If the ultrasound examination results do not find abnormalities in the fetus and your fetus is healthy, then you don't need to worry because you haven't felt the fetal movement.

Hope this information is helpful.

Dr. Aloisia

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