Pregnancy And Abdominal Tenderness

Occasional bouts of abdominal tenderness during pregnancy occur in many pregnant mothers. Even though it can cause significant concern, it is a normal occurrence and also quite harmless.

However lower abdominal tenderness during pregnancy may be indicative of a problem, and hence it is essential to consult your doctor when this happens.

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It is usually in the early stages that women experience pain and abdominal tenderness in pregnancy. There are several factors that could cause this. Abdominal pain and discomfort that mimics menstrual cramps and which occurs sporadically could simply mean that the uterus is preparing itself for the baby. Abdominal tenderness in pregnancy that is accompanied by other symptoms such as heavy bleeding, fever and chills may be a sign of a serious problem and requires immediate medical attention. There are some conditions which are usually associated with abdominal tenderness in early pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is a serious problem that occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus. This usually happens in the fallopian tube in the first few weeks itself. If left untreated, this condition could cause serious complications as the fallopian tube may rupture. Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include tenderness and pain in the abdomen and spotting. Lower abdominal tenderness in pregnancy may sometimes be indicative of a miscarriage. Typical symptoms include painful cramping and heavy bleeding.

Some women also suffer from back pain. Abdominal tenderness and pain that occurs later on in the pregnancy may be a sign of premature labor. Symptoms of premature labor include regular contractions and dilation of the cervix. There may also be vaginal discharge and lower back pain. One must contact the doctor immediately when such symptoms are experienced as it is possible in many cases to delay the labor and allow the baby to be carried to term. Preeclampsia and placental abruption are some of the other causes of abdominal pain and tenderness during pregnancy. In some cases, abdominal pain during pregnancy could be linked with pancreatitis, kidney stones and gall bladder disease.

The good news is that mild abdominal tenderness and pain during pregnancy is experienced by most women and is usually a sign of gas buildup, stretching of the uterus or constipation. It is important to stay calm in spite of the symptoms and to contact your doctor immediately when in doubt. The doctor will be able to detect the cause of the tenderness and also carry out the appropriate treatment.

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