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 (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.