Belly Buttons: Does Having Abs Turn an Innie into an Outie?

You’re on your way to getting a flat stomach, but you want more; you want shredded six-pack abs. You start using weights during your core workouts, but you wonder if it’s too much. Can your stomach handle the weight? Will something pop out? Maybe one day you’ll perform a few sets of weighted crunches to find that your innie belly button has become an outie.

Is the sacrifice for having six-pack abs an outie belly button? Let’s take a look at the myth behind abs and belly buttons. We’ll also discuss the way an innie can become an outie.

Six-Pack Abs = Outie Belly Button?

On the surface, the idea of your innie belly button becoming an outie because of ab exercises seems to make sense. You’re shrinking your stomach while also performing high intensity and weighted exercises as you try to sculpt the abdominal wall. Eventually, one of those exercises is going to force your belly button to pop out, right? Not exactly.

The belly button was once the internal connection that you shared with your mother. Once the umbilical cord is cut, the inside of your belly button serves the purpose of providing some blood flow to the pelvic area. The outside of your belly button is nothing more than scar tissue.

As for weighted exercises and your belly button popping out, it’s not going to happen. Weighted exercises aren’t pushing on your abdominal wall from the inside out. Rather, your abs are generating the tension. The only thing that could pop out would be a hernia, which is why you strain your core so much that a piece of your intestine pushes its way through the abdominal wall. It’s not pleasant…but you’d still be an innie.

When Can an Innie Become an Outie?

With that said, there are some real ways that your innie belly button could become an outie:

Pregnancy: It’s common for expecting mothers to go from an innie to an outie during their third trimester. This happens because the uterus is pushing on the abdominal wall. Once your stomach grows to a certain point, the belly button pops out. Don’t worry, this is only temporary.

Piercings: Inexperienced piercers can accidentally turn your innie into an outie depending on where they pierce you and the equipment they use.

Surgery: Some surgeries, mainly those that deal with entering the stomach or repairing something in the core, can result in an outie belly button. Cosmetic surgery can help to fix it though.


There you have it: Keep doing your crunches and sit-ups. You have nothing to worry about with your core workouts. Just be sure to research the person who is piercing your belly button.

Please Note: Before following exercise routines or changing your fitness regime, please consult a certified fitness professional. Always talk with a medical practitioner before following dietary advice or taking supplements.

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