Lower abdominal pain during pregnancy

It is normal to have some abdominal discomfort during pregnancy. The cause of discomfort usually depends on the trimester. The first instance when you might feel the slight discomfort in the lower abdomen is when the embryo attaches to the uterine wall. Severe morning sickness is another cause of abdominal pain in the first trimester and sometimes extends to later stages. This is particularly true if there is vomiting.

As the fetus grows, muscles and ligaments of uterus stretch to accommodate the growing baby. In the later stages of pregnancy, as you near delivery, there can be abdominal discomfort or pain. Later stages of pregnancy are also associated with gas or bloating, which is usually a common cause of lower abdominal pain.

Red flags

But, there are some cases of abdominal pain where immediate medical attention is needed. This includes:

  • Severe pain
  • Severe cramping
  • Bleeding
  • Fever and chills
  • Pain during urination
  • Dizziness
  • Leaking of vaginal fluid

Tame the back pain

Abdominal pain often reduces with adequate rest. When you are getting up from the bed, do it slowly using your hands for support. Any change in position should be slow, without much stress on the abdomen, ensuring you have adequate support for the back. Drink lot of water to avoid dehydration, particularly during hot months. Try to use home remedies, and avoid oily, spicy foods if you have gas or bloating. Discuss exercise regimens with your doctor before practicing. Take small walks in between, if you have to sit for long hours at a job.

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