Is it normal to have stomach pain during pregnancy?

(July 19, 2013)

Going through a pregnancy means that your body is going to experience a number of changes in terms of your hormonal balance as well as your physical make up. As a result, one should be aware and prepared for a certain amount of pain and discomfort as the skin begins to stretch in order to accommodate the unborn child. Stomach pains during pregnancy are not uncommon, however, they should be taken seriously as they could indicate a rather serious medical complication with the pregnancy. In most cases, severe stomach pain during pregnancy will be accompanied by a number of other symptoms such as spotting, bleeding, nausea, vomiting and pain during urination. There are a number of causes of stomach pain during pregnancy and it is highly recommended that you have a trained medical professional to discuss the possible causes for this pain.

Upper and lower stomach pain during pregnancy can be attributed to a number of medical scenarios that could define the pregnancy as well. Etopic pregnancy, for instance, is a medical condition where the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus – in most cases, in the fallopian tubes. This condition is very serious as, if left untreated, there is always the chance the ectopic pregnancy can rupture the fallopian tube – which can be a life threatening situation. Heavy bleeding is also likely to be a prominent symptom in this case. Miscarriage is another very common cause of stomach pain during pregnancy and, as a result, it should be taken seriously. The cramping pains may be persistent while there will also be a significant build on the pelvic pressure.

While increased stomach pain during pregnancy could always be an indicator that something may have gone wrong, it could also indicate preterm labor. Preterm labor can be medically defined as contractions that have effaced the cervix before reaching the 37th week of the pregnancy. While all these situations are rather serious ones and can potentially have a significant impact on the entire pregnancy as well as the health of the child, the cause of the stomach pain in pregnancy could also easily be the result of a urinary tract infection within the urinary tract. When affected by a urinary tract infection, you are likely to experience problems like incontinence as a direct result of the amount of pain present during urination, as well as the presence of some traces of blood in the urine. In any event, it is highly recommended that you visit your doctor or gynecologist in order to identify the root cause of the problem and have it treated right away.

Submitted by P T on July 19, 2013 at 04:15

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