Pulling in the navel - what can it be?


A Pull around the belly button is a common symptom that many people have experienced once in their lives. There are all kinds of possible types and causes for pulling in the navel. In many cases, the navel pulling occurs only once or in a short period of time, but it can also become one chronic ailments become. Sometimes the pulling can only be at certain movements occur.

In most cases, however, pulling your belly button is a harmless thing. In general, however, if the navel pulls, which persists over a long period of time or keeps recurring, it makes sense to have the cause clarified by a family doctor.


The Causes of a pulling stomach are manifold. You can have symptom of a disease:

  • of Gastrointestinal system,
  • of the pancreas,
  • of the bladder and the Urinary tract
  • or with women also the uterus or the Ovaries be.

On the other hand, you can also use one Instability in the abdominal wall point out or to one unhealthy lifestyle with too much stress indicate this symptom of a Inflammation of the belly button (e.g. through a piercing).

In order to decide whether a visit to a doctor would be worthwhile in the case of these complaints, is above all on the Concomitant symptoms to pay attention. For complaints that longer than 2 weeks stop and also through a Avoidance from stress, as well caffeine and nicotine not get alleviation, it is definitely advisable to do a possible organic cause to be clarified.

Should symptoms such as rapid, unwanted weight loss, longer lasting diarrhea, steady Bloating, nausea and Vomit such as Loss of appetitethat cannot be traced back to any other cause, a visit to your family doctor is also advisable.

For many of those affected, a pull in the brook button can be the expression of a unhealthy lifestyle be. Constant stress, an insufficient amount of sleep, much coffee and other acidic foods, such as nicotine and alcohol pay their tribute.

Rarely can a pull or Pain in the belly button Expression of a inflammatory bowel disease, such as Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease be.
Also can be acute or chronic Inflammation of the pancreas represent a possible cause of the discomfort.
In these cases, however, in most cases other symptoms observe.

Very rarely a pulling in the navel or a painful tension of the abdominal wall can also be an indication of a Heart attack be.
Especially in women, the symptoms of a heart attack are difficult to differentiate from diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
So should sudden pain in the abdomen, as well nausea and Vomit, dizziness and The pain radiating to the left arm or the Lower jaw, as well as a big one fear and cold sweat a visit to a doctor is urgently recommended.

Pulling in the navel when stretching

Pulling your belly button while stretching can also have many possible causes.

If the appearance of the belly button has changed in any way, for example it bulges outwards or looks crooked, it may be an umbilical hernia.
This is a weak point in the abdominal wall, through the gap of which, for example, a piece of intestine can protrude, which can then be visible from the outside as a small bump.

This is particularly evident during exertion and increased pressure in the abdominal area.
Many people have no symptoms from an umbilical hernia.
However, if pain occurs or even a bluish discoloration occurs, it is important to consult a doctor.

Read more on the topic: Umbilical hernia

If you have already had an operation in your abdomen, the pulling in your navel can also be a hernia.
This is understood to mean a hernia in the intestine that occurs in the area of ​​a previously operated area, i.e. a scar.

At this point the abdominal wall is no longer as stable as it was before and is therefore a weak point.
The incisional hernia is a common complication of abdominal surgery that occurs particularly frequently in the first year after the operation.
If you have a hernia, you should seek medical treatment quickly.

In some cases, pulling in the belly button while stretching can also be an indication of appendicitis.
If, in addition to pulling in the navel, nausea, vomiting, fever or loss of appetite, as well as defensive tension, i.e. the pain intensifies when touching the abdomen, or if the pain moves to the area of ​​the right lower abdomen, then there is the possibility of that appendicitis is present.

Read more on the topic: Appendicitis

Pulling in the navel when urinating

Should be a pull or a pain in the navel when urinating arise, it can be a Cystitis act.
For men, in difficult cases, a Inflammation of the prostate to be added.

Should other symptoms, such as fever or Exhaustion or also a unpleasant odor of urine or one Urine turns red If you add it, the suspicion of a bladder infection is reinforced.
In that case they should be sure to consult a family doctor, if necessary, especially with men, the visit is with one Urologist makes sense.

In most cases, these will test the urine for blood and bacteria and, in the case of a urinary bladder infection, one antibiotic prescribe.
Drinking can also provide relief lots of tea bring.

Tension in the navel and abdomen

In addition to pulling in the navel, it should also have a Pain in the abdomen exist, so must always be one gynecological cause be thought.

Here, the causes of a harmless side effect of the Menstrual period or middle pain to more serious causes.
If the pulling occurs at certain intervals before or after the menstruation, then in most cases it is a question of cramps that are associated with menstruation.
Kick the pull continuously for a long time and regardless of the menstrual period, it is advisable to have one Gynecologist because there may be another disease behind these symptoms.

Pulling in the belly button after ovulation

Abdominal pain is common around the time of ovulation. For example, in the form of a feeling of tension or a cramp-like abdominal pain. The abdominal pain is often localized in the lower abdomen but can also radiate into the groin. A pulling painful feeling in the stomach is not uncommon. Occasionally these symptoms are accompanied by gas and diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting can occur. Pulling pains in the area of ​​the belly button during ovulation are not unusual. The pain is generally not classified as dangerous. They usually stop after a few days. A doctor should be seen if the pain persists for a long time or is unusually severe.

Please also read our article on this Ovulation pain.

Pulling in the belly button during pregnancy

If pulling in the navel occurs during an existing pregnancy, this may be caused by the baby's growth.

As the baby grows, it also needs more space. This space is created by pushing the organs in the abdomen towards the chest and expanding the abdomen forward.
Since tension arises in the abdomen, even if it is not one of the most common pregnancy complaints, tugging around the navel can occur.
In most cases, this symptom can be classified as harmless.

However, if the symptoms persist for a longer period of time or if there are additional symptoms, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor.

Pulling in the navel as a sign of pregnancy

In addition, a pulling in the navel can in some cases also occur Pregnancy symptom be. However, this is by no means to be taken as evidence of pregnancy. If a pregnancy is suspected, it is done Pregnancy tests (e.g. Clearblue®) from the drugstore or pharmacy, or from a gynecologist.


The Diagnosis depends, among other things, on the different Concomitant symptoms from. First of all, it should be in one detailed conversation to be found out how long the complaints already exist in what intervals they occur and whether they are in context with any other event.

Should it be suspected that it is a chronic bowel disease could act, so may be for further clarification MRI and a Colonoscopy (Colonoscopy) carried out.

At the suspicion of a Inflammation of the pancreas can certain blood values or also a Ultrasonic of the abdomen, one computed tomographic examination, as well as a MRI give a hint of the abdomen.

At a navel-or Incisional hernia can already physical findings give a clear indication with the associated symptoms.

At a Disease of the uterus or the Ovaries can a gynecological check, as well as an investigation of certain Levels of inflammation in the blood as well as a Ultrasonic give a crucial clue.

The diagnosis of a problem in the laxative urinary tract are described below.

At the suspicion of one Heart attack blood values ​​can also provide an indication. Likewise be a electrocardiogram (short: EKG) as well as a Control of blood pressure and Pulse carried out on suspicion.


The Therapy options pulling in the navel are just as diverse as the possible causes.

In the simplest case, pulling in the navel can be done by a Reducing stress, enough sleep and a healthy diet, as well as the Refrain from nicotine, coffee and alcohol avoid.
Also moderate exercise, for example a walk or a bike ride, can be stress-related Pain in the belly button a helpful measure.

Should be a chronic bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease or Ulcerative colitis, stuck behind the pulling in the navel, so there is depending on the severity of the disease various therapy optionsmade by local Cortisone and one Change of lifestyle up to taking immune suppressing tablets (Immunosuppressants) can be enough.

In fact, in rare cases, should a Inflammation of the pancreas be the cause of the symptoms, an inpatient stay in a hospital may be necessary.
There can, if any, be the causes of the inflammation of the pancreas, such as Gallstones, be resolved.
The course of the disease can also be monitored more closely there and possible complications can be counteracted more quickly.
Therapy for inflammation of the pancreas continues to be one adapted pain therapy, as well as one Hydration.