Lower Left Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Submitted by Nick on January 18, 2012

A number of women experience sporadic spells of lower abdominal pain during pregnancy. Although this can be quite frightening, it is generally a harmless and normal condition. Sometimes, however, lower abdominal pain during pregnancy may indicate a more severe problem. It is therefore important that you contact your doctor if you are concerned about any lower abdominal pain during pregnancy. Many different factors are responsible for lower stomach pain during pregnancy. For some pregnant women, sporadic discomfort in the lower abdomen similar to cramps felt during menstruation could simply imply that the uterus is getting ready...

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...for their baby. If abdominal pain is felt alongside other symptoms including chills and fever and/or spotting and bleeding, it could be an indication that there could be some other complications. It is best that you contact your doctor to check if there is a problem.

Lower abdominal pain during pregnancy could be due to various reasons; some of these are listed below.

  • Ectopic pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the egg attaches itself outside the uterus. This happens because the fallopian tube is blocked or damaged and does not allow the egg to reach the womb. An ectopic pregnancy is identified in the first couple of weeks of pregnancy. If it is not treated in time, it could result in ruptured fallopian tubes. Some symptoms and indications of this kind of a pregnancy could be bleeding, shoulder pain, back pain, and abdominal pain.
  • Miscarriage: Sometimes, lower abdominal pain during pregnancy could be an indication of a miscarriage that is pending. Some symptoms of a miscarriage include bleeding and cramping very similar to that felt during menstruation. The intensity of the cramping gradually increases.
  • Preterm labor: Lower abdominal pain is sometimes an indication of early labor. Mostly, preterm labor is characterized by contractions of the abdomen that begin effacing and dilating the cervix. There may be some vaginal discharge, mostly accompanied by lower back pain and cramping. Lower left abdominal pain during pregnancy could be caused by serious problems such as placental abruption, preeclampsia, or round ligament pain. It is important to remember that if the cramps are accompanied by excessive discharge, bleeding, or any other accompanying symptoms, it is best that you consult your doctor. Sometimes pain in the abdomen is due to gallbladder disease, kidney stones, or pancreatitis. Also see upper abdominal pain during pregnancy

Abdominal discomfort is something you can expect throughout your pregnancy. This can be due to various reasons such as gas, constipation, and your uterus stretching. No matter what you are experiencing, it is important to remain calm. Contact your health care provider if you are in doubt. He/she will help you figure out the cause of your pain.

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