Most pregnant women experience some amount of abdominal pain while they are pregnant. Most of the time, this condition isn’t serious and is caused by a variety of issues. Whether in your first pregnancy or your fifth, the list below can help you to identify some of the causes of harmless abdominal pain during pregnancy.
Constipation is very common among pregnant women. This condition can often lead to abdominal pain and discomfort. Causes of constipation during pregnancy have been linked to hormones that cause food to slow in their movement through the digestive tract, as well as the pressure that a growing uterus can place on the rectum. Normally, constipation will pass and is nothing to be concerned about. If it continues for an extended amount of time, women should contact their physicians.
For the same reasons that pregnant are prone to constipation, they are also prone to gas and bloating. The hormones that cause food to slow in the digestive tract can also lead to excessive amounts of gas. Also, the increased pressure of the growing uterus can increase the amounts of gas generated during pregnancy. This is extremely common and is normally nothing to worry about.
* Round ligament pain
This type of pain is normally felt either as a sharp, stabbing pain or as a dull ache that may occur on one or both sides of the abdomen during pregnancy. This condition normally occurs during or around the second trimester when the ligaments supporting the uterus stretch and thicken to support the increasing size of the uterus. Many times this pain occurs during a sudden movement or change in position. This type of pain can also be stimulated by excessive coughing, rolling over, or getting out of bed. Normally, this pain will subside when the person if rested. If this type of pain persists for an extended period of time, especially if the person is rested, they should contact their doctor and have it checked out.
* Braxton Hicks contractions
Normally, pregnant women can experience tightening of their uterus as they get later into the pregnancy. This type of contraction is normally irregular and painless before 37 weeks. If these contractions are accompanied by lower back pain or come more than 3 or 4 times in an hour, the medical provider should be contacted. If pregnant women are close to their due date, this can be a sign of going into labor.
There are many mundane causes of harmless abdominal pain during pregnancy. If any of them persist, it is good advice to at least call the doctor and keep them informed. Once all of these little issues have been checked out, pregnant women can begin to get ready for the greatest experience of their lives.