Abdominal pain during pregnancy may not always be a cause of worry. If it happens once in a while then in most cases it is harmless. However, abdominal pain should not be taken lightly because at times it could be a serious problem. If you suffer from severe abdominal pain then you should meet your doctor immediately. If the pain does not go away even after resting for some time and if you have any of the symptoms mentioned below then you need immediate medical help.
The abdominal pain could be severe if along with the pain you experience the following:
- Spotting or bleeding from the vagina
- Vaginal discharge which is not something usual
- Fever or chills
- Feeling lightheaded
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain and discomfort when you urinate
Cramping during pregnancy
In the first trimester, the woman undergoes some natural changes because of the baby developing in her. This could cause some cramping. You feel a pull on one or both sides of your abdomen. This is a symptom that many pregnant woman face. Cramping is usually considered to be normal in pregnancy but sometimes it could be a concern.
- Ectopic pregnancy – In this pregnancy the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus. This causes cramping that is very painful and the condition is serious and needs immediate medical attention.
- Miscarriage – In this case, one sees some vaginal spotting and cramping. If you suffer from severe cramping and heavy bleeding then meet your doctor immediately.
- Preeclampsia – This happens when you have high blood pressure and protein in your urine. This could cause intense abdominal pain.
- Preterm labor – An increase in pressure and abdominal pain and cramping could be a sign of preterm labor. This is when your cervix starts to dilate before you are 37 weeks pregnant.
- Infection in your urinary tract – A urinary tract infection is accompanied by painful urination and pain in the lower abdomen.
- Abrupt-ion on the placenta – This happens when the placenta separates from the uterus before the birth of the baby. The condition is serious and life-threatening and you experience painful cramps.
When should you meet your doctor
If you think that something does not feel right then get in touch with your doctor immediately. Look for the below symptoms:
- Contractions and lower back pain
- More than six contractions in one hour which could even be without pain
- Regular contractions
- Discharge or bleeding from the vagina
- Premature labor signs
- Abdominal pain before 12 weeks of being pregnant which could be with or without bleeding
- Strong cramps and bleeding
- Severe pain in the abdomen
- Severe headache
- Swelling of the face, legs, and hands
- Blood in urine or pain during urination
Conclusion- Abdominal pain not always harmful
Abdominal pain is not always harmful during pregnancy. The pain could be because of bloating, gas or constipation. You could also feel the cramps during an orgasm. The cramps could be because of Braxton hick’s contraction or because of round ligament pain. These are discomforts that should not worry you. However, if you feel that the pain or the cramps do not go away even after some time and if they are accompanied by some other symptoms then do not hesitate to get in touch with your doctor. It could be a serious problem that may need immediate medical attention.
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