Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy

During pregnancy many expectant mothers will undergo occasional abdominal pain in different parts of the body. Although it is at times frightening, it is harmless and usually a normal occurrence. But even how normal or harmless the condition is, it should not be taken for granted especially during the early pregnancy. It may suggest that the uterus is preparing the burden of carrying the baby through nine months or it may be a sign of serious developments.  Pain in the lower abdomen accompanied by fever, chills, bleeding and spotting can sometimes leads or may be a sign to more serious health problems in the well-being of both the mother and the baby.

Abdominal pain during pregnancies may be associated with the following most common occurrences, like;

1. Ectopic pregnancies. This is a serious and unusual condition of pregnancy that occurs in the early part of pregnancy wherein a fertilized egg implants outside a mother’s uterus when the usual and most appropriate is that it is supposed to be attached to the woman’s fallopian tubes. Naturally, this condition can usually be detected during the first week of pregnancy. It may rupture and is life threatening. Usual symptoms are pelvic and abdominal pain, continuous or intermittent vaginal bleeding and spotting, worsening pain during physical activity, pain from the tip of the elbow, coughing and dizziness.

2. Miscarriage. Miscarriage is the termination of a pregnancy in the first 24 weeks but it is most common before the 13th weeks. Occasional pain in the lower abdomen is a sign of an impending miscarriage few hours to several days after vaginal bleeding or spotting.  Symptom of miscarriage usually includes light and/or heavy vaginal bleeding, and menstrual-like cramps that progressively increases its intensity. Consult your doctor whenever you are experiencing these symptoms.

3. Premature labor also term as preterm labor is contractions that dilate or efface the cervix that happens within 37 weeks of pregnancy.  Symptom such as increased or a changed in the kind of vaginal discharge that becomes watery or mucus like and or just with a tinged in blood, vaginal bleeding and spotting, menstrual like constricting of more than 4 contractions in one hour, abdominal pain and increase compression in the pelvic area. Call your midwife or a doctor immediately if you have these pain and symptoms.

There are a number of discomforts and pains associated with pregnancy, but a woman or an expectant mother for the matter should try to remain calm irrespective of what you may be experiencing. Calling your doctor or midwife will clear everything.

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