Sharp Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Submitted by Nick on January 18, 2012

Many pregnant women are known to experience a low sharp abdominal pain during pregnancy which may in most cases not be a cause for concern. In most cases women will experience a sharp abdominal pain during pregnancy especially in the initial weeks of pregnancy which may be sporadic and very similar to menstrual cramps. This sharp stomach pain during pregnancy may be because of the uterus readying itself to hold the baby for the nine months of the pregnancy. However, sharp abdominal pain during pregnancy if accompanied by fever, bleeding, spotting, chills etc, should be immediately reported to ones doctor...

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...in order to avoid any medical complications that may harm both the mother and the child. Some of the serious causes of sharp abdominal pain during pregnancy are ectopic pregnancy, preterm labor, miscarriage, placental abruption, round ligament pain or even preeclampsia.

In most cases the sharp abdominal pain during pregnancy is caused by gas or constipation which is relieved by its self quickly or sometimes women may find relief by simply changing their position. Another one of the causes of a low sharp stomach pain during pregnancy is a urinary tract infection which may manifest during pregnancy in the form of burning while urinating, pain or discomfort in the pelvic region, cloudy urine and even blood in ones urine. These symptoms if experienced during pregnancy and even otherwise should be reported immediately to one's healthcare provider for immediate medical care. Some women tend to treat sharp abdominal pain during pregnancy by bending slightly towards the pain, doing some light housework or even walking which is mostly effective against abdominal pain experienced on account of gas. Many a times women in their third or even fourth month of pregnancy tend to experience a sharp abdominal pain which is mostly felt in one side or near the groin area. This pain is mostly on account of the muscles or the ligaments around the uterus thickening and stretching as they try and accommodate the growing baby. If the sharp abdominal pain during pregnancy is accompanied with other symptoms such as a very bad headache, vomiting, nausea, seeing spots before one's eyes etc, then one should immediately report the same to the doctor as these may be symptoms of preeclampsia which could be fatal to either mother or child or even both. During pregnancy one should follow a diet that is rich in fresh vegetable, fruits and plenty of drinking water and one should also indulge in moderate amount of exercise.

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