Abdominal Pain during Pregnancy- Is it because of gas or any other reason

Abdominal pain during pregnancy is quite common, but sometimes it can be scary too. The pain can be stabbing or sharp pain, achy or dull. It is not easy to know if the pain is mild or serious. It is better to consult your doctor to know if the pain is serious or normal.

Gas Pain during pregnancy

Gas can lead to severe abdominal pain. It may rest in just one part or may travel all through your chest, belly or back. As per studies, women tend to get more gas during their pregnancy because of increased progesterone. Progesterone makes intestinal muscles relax and increase the duration of the process wherein food enters intestines by at least 30%. This makes the food stay for a long time in colon, leading to development of more gas.

As the pregnancy progresses, the uterus expands and puts additional pressure on the organs, which further slows down the digestion and builds up gases.

Gas Pain – How to Treat?

If gas is the cause for your abdominal pain, you should consider your lifestyle. Try eating small meals throughout the day. Exercise helps improve digestion. Identify foods which cause gas and try not to eat them. Greasy and fried foods, cabbage, beans are the foods that cause gas. Avoid carbonated beverages too.

Many women feel that abdominal pain during pregnancy causes due gas only, but there are others reasons too.

Pain in Round ligament

There are two huge round ligaments that pass from your uterus to groin. These round ligaments support your uterus. Uterus stretches itself to accommodate the growing baby and so do the two ligaments. This also causes dull, sharp pain in hips, groin or abdomen. Coughing, sneezing, coughing or shifting the position can aggravate the pain in round ligament.

To eliminate the pain in round ligament, try to get up slowly, from sitting position or lying down. If you feel like coughing or sneezing, bend and also flex the hips. Daily stretching can help you eliminate the pain in round ligament.


Constipation is a common problem amongst pregnant women. Lack of fiber, fluids in your diet, lack of iron pills, exercise, fluctuating hormones or general anxiety can cause constipation. Constipation also leads to pain, which is also termed as stabbing, cramping or sharp pain.

Try to take fiber in plenty in your diet. Increase the fluid intake as it can help a lot to avoid constipation. Pregnant women should drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Discuss with your doctor if you want to take stool softener as some aren’t mean’s to be taken during pregnancy.

HELLP syndrome

HELLP (Hemolysis elevated liver enzymes) is a complication during pregnancy.  Abdominal pain in quadrant (right upper) is also symptom like

If you experience any kind of abdominal pain, you should ask for medical help in order to avoid any serious problems.

Tips and Facts about Abdominal Pain in Women during Pregnancy

Most women during their pregnancy experience abdominal pain, which is absolutely normal, especially during the starting months of pregnancy. These pains in abdomen are sometimes mistaken for cramps that occur from menstruation. However in some cases abdominal pain during your pregnancy indicates dangerous health related problems as well.

Abdominal pregnancy in women when they are pregnant might also indicate towards having ectopic pregnancy, which otherwise is life threatening for both mother and baby. This condition needs medical attention and treatment should be given immediately. Some warning signs are as follows

Serious, sharp pains that continue for a long time

Pain exists in other areas including abdominal pain

Vaginal bleeding

If your pregnancy is Ectopic, it means the egg has positioned (implanted) itself in wrong place like in fallopian tubes instead of uterus. As the egg grows and expands over a period of time, our entire body is in danger.

If you notice that the symptoms of abdominal pain are not similar to just normal abdominal pain that most women suffer during pregnancy, look out for medical attention immediately to avoid further complications.

Abdominal pain experienced during pregnancy sometimes also indicates chances of having a miscarriage. A sign of miscarriage shows vaginal bleeding with cramping. The cramps can be seen for long hours or several days.

Also if you think there are other symptoms that you notice along with abdominal pain, immediately consult your doctor.

During second trimester of pregnancy the uterus starts expanding. The ligaments and muscle expansion occurs to support the uterus when baby is growing.  During expansion, sometimes a mild ache occurs across the abdomen. Some women also face sharp pain on either side of abdomen, which normally happens when you rise from sitting position.

If you face pregnant cramp while you are in your third trimester, then it is because of a condition known as Braxton-Hicks (contractions).  This condition is accompanied by false labor, which is not regular and sometimes painless tightening of the uterus. You should visit the hospital if it comes back again as regular cramping, which is often followed by vaginal discharges or may be if your water breaks which could be actual labor pain this time.

If you observe that the menstrual cramps are quite strong and prolonged and without reducing, make sure you seek medical help immediately as this indicates that there can be a serious problem linked with your abdominal pain. Sometimes you often notice vaginal bleeding and feel fainting spells.

Preterm labor is a common cause of cramps during pregnancy. The signs noticed are pelvic pressure, vaginal discharge, regular contractions and clamps that seem to be like periods before 37th week of your pregnancy. If you observe these signs speak to your doctor.

During pregnancy, take ample amount of rest and relaxing helps reduce pregnancy cramps. You need to take care of yourself as someone else is growing inside you and you just can’t take risk because of not taking proper rest or diet.