Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment

Facing abdominal pain during pregnancy can be quite scary, but the cause doesn’t always have to be serious. You could have a dull, aching, sharp or stabbing pain depending on the cause.

 

Here are some reasons why you might have pain during pregnancy.

 

Gas

 

Gas during pregnancy can cause a lot of pain, and due to higher progesterone levels, the gas increases. In the later stages of pregnancy, there is extra pressure on your digestive organs, leading to a further buildup of gas.

 

Treating this requires lifestyle changes, avoiding gas-triggering food and doing doctor-approved forms of exercises.

 

Round ligament pain

 

The round ligaments support your uterus. As your uterus grows with the baby, it might start paining due to pressure. It occurs in the later stages of pregnancy.

 

The treatment for this type of pain is getting up as slowly as possible or to do a few daily stretches.

 

Constipation

 

Pain caused due to constipation is common, in the form of sharp shooting pain. Constipation is caused due to poor diet, lack of fibre, varying hormones and more.

 

To treat this, enhance the amount of fibre in your diet and have a lot of water.

 

Braxton-Hicks contractions

 

These contractions take place when the muscles of the uterus contract for a short time. They might cause a bit of pain but are very common. Occurring in the third trimester, they do not get more painful with time. No treatment is required.

 

Other possible reasons

 

More reasons for abdominal pain include miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption or preeclampsia, and these require immediate medical care. Some causes might not be related directly to pregnancy such as kidney stones, UTIs, gallstones and more.

 

If you’re facing any of the mentioned symptoms, book an appointment with expert Gynaecologists at Right Health. Call 04 333 5502.

Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy: Causes and Treatment

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