Indications of Stomach Pain in Pregnancy

Occasional abdominal discomfort is a common sign of pregnancy. It can be harmless to you or your baby but if you are suffering from severe and persistent abdominal pain may become a serious problem hence it should never be neglected.

What are the serious causes of pain in pregnancy?

Miscarriage. It is the loss of pregnancy during the first twenty weeks. The first symptom is generally vaginal spotting or bleeding and in a few hours followed by abdominal pain. Vaginal spotting may be light or heavy while the pain is persistent, sharp or mild, and may seem to feel like there is more pain and pressure in the pelvis or lower back.

Ectopic Pregnancy occurs outside of the uterus where a fertilized egg has implanted, typically in on of the fallopian tubes. It shows symptoms after six to seven weeks of fertilization, but it can occur as early as 4 weeks even before you realize you are pregnant.

Preterm Labor. Pregnancy stomach pain indicates that you might be in a premature labor, especially if you start having contractions that efface your cervix before reaching 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Preeclempsia is a complication in pregnancy which causes changes in your blood vessels and may affect your organs such as kidneys, liver, brain and the placenta. If you have high blood pressure and protein in your urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy is diagnosed with preeclampsia.

Urinary Tract Infection. Pregnancy makes you vulnerable to UTI of all kinds including kidney infections. Symptoms are burning pain while urinating, pelvic or lower abdominal pain, uncontrollable frequency urge to pee and cloudy, foul-smelling urine.

Placental abruption. It is a serious condition in which your placenta partially or completely separates from your uterus before your baby is born. It can cause sudden bleeding either light spotting, or if your water breaks you may see bloody fluid.

These problems that relates to pregnancy stomach pain may be life threatening if left untreated. Do not hesitate to call your practitioner even if it just a simple stomachache. Call emergency immediately if you have the following symptoms for any conditions stated above.

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