I would consult with your OB and get it done as soon after delivery as you can. (or at least one of them) If either becomes strangulated, you may need surgery right away regardless. I had a hernia after my son and was having R inguinal pain (was actually a femoral hernia) at my 4 week check-up and ended up getting surgery that day. As far as what to avoid: anything that can aggravate the hernias such as harsh coughing, sneezing, straining, and especially lifting heavy objects. Use support maternity underwear to brace the areas as much as possible. Congratulations on your first child!