Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Abdominal pain is common in pregnancy. Most of the time, it does not cause harm. There are many causes of abdominal pain. Some causes are more serious than others and sometimes the cause is not known.

Abdominal pain can be a sign that something is very wrong with the pregnancy or the pain may have nothing to do with the pregnancy. Always tell your health care provider if you have any abdominal pain.

Follow these instructions at home:

  • Do nothave sex or put anything in your vagina until your symptoms go away completely.
  • Watch your abdominal pain for any changes.
  • Get plenty of rest until your pain improves.
  • Drink enough fluid to keep your urine clear or pale yellow.
  • Take over-the-counter or prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
  • Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider. This is important.

Contact a health care provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your pain gets worse or you have cramping.
  • Your pain continues after resting.

Get help right away if:

  • You are bleeding, leaking fluid, or passing tissue from the vagina.
  • You have vomiting or diarrhea that does not go away.
  • You have painful or bloody urination.
  • You notice a decrease in your baby’s movements.
  • You feel very weak or faint.
  • You have shortness of breath.
  • You develop a severe headache with abdominal pain.
  • You have abnormal vaginal discharge with abdominal pain.
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