The body adjusts to this major change of supporting a life within, in its own way and taking its own time. Experiencing abdominal pain is a sign of the same and all the expecting mothers experience it more than once during their entire pregnancy. Abdominal pain during pregnancy is a very normal thing to experience and mostly isn’t something to worry about. However, if it starts occurring frequently, along with some other symptoms like vaginal bleeding, consult your doctor to find the reason behind it.
This pain occurs due to many reasons and may become sharper with each trimester. During the early days of pregnancy problems, it might occur due to constipation. Being constipated is a result of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and the infrequent passing of stool leads to abdominal pain. Other times the pain occurs due to growing size of uterus.
Some women feel mild contractions in later stages of pregnancy, this feels like tightening of muscles in the stomach and these type of contractions are termed as “Braxton Hicks Contractions”.
Round ligament pain is another reason why you may feel pain in your abdomen, this occurs when a muscle attached to uterus stretches and you feel a sharp pain. It occurs mostly when you stand up after sitting or change sides and generally goes away in a short while.
There are chances that abdominal pain is a sign of something serious when accompanied by symptoms like severe nausea, frequent vomiting and vaginal bleeding. Pain in the lower abdomen along with vaginal bleeding can be a sign of ectopic pregnancy (fertilised egg gets implanted in fallopian tube instead of uterus) or miscarriage. It would be wise to visit your doctor and get a quick checkup done immediately in this case.
These are few ways through which you can deal with abdominal pain:
Performing light exercises in the presence of a professional trainer.
Trying to sit in a relaxed position, wearing comfortable clothes.
Consuming enough fluids throughout the day incase, abdominal pain occurred due to constipation.
Using a hot water bag or heating pad to relieve the pain. Hot water increasing the blood flow in lower abdomen which reduces pain.
Regular check up can help you keep track of all the major changes occurring in your body with each passing trimester so that you don’t panic and know the right things to do when you suffer from these general symptoms.