Hi all, I am a few days early for 3rd trimester.......but thought this might be more likely to have happened to someone else in 3rd tri as that is when rapid growth occurs. I have had sore stretching pains (assume this is muscles) around my belly button and just above for a few weeks. It isn't very painful, but it is noticeable. Then...about a week ago I started feeling really tender in one spot, roughly 2 inches above my belly button (just off to the right of centre). I noticed that it 'hurt' when I was rubbing moisturiser cream in at night over that area (light touch). Also, I asked my mum to try to feel the baby kicks and she firmly placed her hand on the spot a little above my belly button (coincidence), and I was yelling with pain - brought tears to my eyes It also hurts when my husband just rests his hand on this part of my tummy. When I turn in bed at night, I feel like it is tearing/ripping (also a bit 'burning' type pain). I went to the antenatal clinic just to ask a midwife and she said it is abdominal separation - with a possible hernia (as there is one tender spot - pain is focalised). I was given some support dressings (like a big tube-sock you wear on your tummy) and referred to a physio in 2 weeks time. Has anyone had any similar pains (ripping/burning/tender in one spot?) - if so, what was it called and what did you do to treat it? Google is NOT my friend, I typed 'ripping' and 'burning' and got lots of scary things!! Thanks in advance, worrying myself that it is something awful - first pregnancy so not sure when something is normal or abnormal. Seeing a GP in 2 weeks as well (monthly check-up).