Understanding Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy: Causes and Remedies

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Dr. Manu Lakshmi

30 Apr 2024

Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy:

Abdominal pain is common for many pregnant women. In most cases it is mild and does not need medical attention. However, in some cases, the pain can require treatment from a healthcare professional. Call your doctor, midwife, or any other trusted healthcare professional if you have stomach pain along with the following symptoms: 

  • Spotting or bleeding. 
  • Frequent cramping or tightening. 
  • Unusual vaginal discharge.  
  • Pain in your lower back. 
  • Pain or burning when you pee.

These symptoms need to be checked and treated as soon as they appear.

Causes of Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy:

Abdominal pain during pregnancy can be caused by various factors, some of which are considered normal and others that may require medical attention. Here are some common causes:

  • Round Ligament Pain: 

This is one of the most common causes of abdominal pain in the second trimester. It occurs due to stretching and pulling of the ligaments that support the uterus.

  • Braxton Hicks Contractions: 

These are often referred to as “practice contractions.” They can cause discomfort or mild pain in the abdomen but are generally not as intense or regular as true labor contractions.

  • Gastrointestinal Issues: 

Pregnancy can cause changes in digestion and bowel movements, leading to conditions like constipation, gas, or bloating, which can result in abdominal pain.

  • Ectopic Pregnancy: 

This is a potentially serious condition where the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. Symptoms may include sharp, stabbing pain in the abdomen, along with vaginal bleeding.

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): 

Infections of the urinary tract can cause abdominal pain, along with other symptoms such as burning sensation during urination, frequent urination, and fever.

  • Miscarriage or Threatened Miscarriage: 

Abdominal pain accompanied by vaginal bleeding may indicate a miscarriage or a threatened miscarriage, which requires immediate medical attention.

  • Preterm Labor: 

Painful contractions before the 37th week of pregnancy could indicate preterm labor, which requires immediate medical evaluation and treatment.

  • Placental Abruption: 

This is a serious condition where the placenta detaches from the uterine wall before delivery. Symptoms include abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and contractions.

  • Preeclampsia: 

This is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to organs such as the kidneys, liver, and brain. Abdominal pain, along with other symptoms like swelling and headaches, can be indicative of preeclampsia.

Remedies for Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy:

If you’re experiencing abdominal pain during pregnancy, it’s crucial to consult with your healthcare provider to determine the cause and receive appropriate treatment. However, there are some general remedies that may help alleviate mild abdominal discomfort:

  • Rest: 

Taking time to rest and relax can help relieve abdominal pain, especially if it’s related to muscle strain or round ligament pain.

  • Warm Compress: 

Applying a warm compress to the painful area can help relax the muscles and provide relief from discomfort.

  • Change Positions

Sometimes changing your position can help relieve pressure on certain areas of your abdomen, especially if the pain is caused by pressure from the growing uterus.

  • Stay Hydrated:

Drinking plenty of water can help prevent and relieve constipation, which is a common cause of abdominal pain during pregnancy.

  • Fiber-Rich Diet: 

Consuming a diet high in fiber can help prevent constipation, which can alleviate abdominal discomfort.

  • Gentle Exercise: 

Engaging in light exercise, such as walking or prenatal yoga, can help improve digestion, reduce constipation, and relieve muscle tension.

  • Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers:

Some over-the-counter pain relievers may be safe to use during pregnancy, but it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider before taking any medication.

For expert care and tailored treatments to address abdominal pain during pregnancy, visit Dr. Manu’s Gynecology Clinic. Dr. Manu’s Gynecology Clinic in Chennai offers pregnancy and birthing treatment, ovarian cyst treatment, fibroid treatment, uterus removal surgery, irregular periods management, and more.

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