#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Abdominal Pain In Pregnancy


Q: Hello doc. thanks so much for the educating info that you keep feeding us and also responding to our inquiries – so much appreciated. Doctor my wife is having her first pregnancy and these first two months have proved to be hell for her. She’s having abdominal pains every now and then. It started with the lower abdomen and now it’s all over. it’s often after moving sometimes its just.
we went to the hospital for scan but there was nothing at all worrying that much in her womb or anywhere cos the scanning was thorough. Our worry is the pain is not reducing at all. What could it be and what should we do? Please help!

A: Hi dear, thanks for writing in and thanks for your kind words.

Abdominal pain in pregnancy may or may not be serious.

Harmless causes include:

·      Constipation

·      Gas

·      The growing womb (uterus)

·      Braxton-Hicks contractions (these are ‘fake’ contractions preparing the womb for the main even :D)

Serious causes of pain during pregnancy include:

·      Ectopic pregnancy. To learn about ectopic pregnancy, please click on this link https://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/08/07/daily-health-tips-what-are-my-options-after-ectopic-pregnancy-and-failed-ivf/

·      Pre-term labour. To learn about this, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/07/28/daily-health-tips-am-i-leaking-amniotic-fluid-liquor-amnii/

·      Miscarriage. To read more on miscarriage, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/07/23/daily-health-tips-im-scared-of-getting-pregnant-after-two-miscarriages/

·      Placental abruption. To learn more, click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/03/26/daily-health-tips-placental-abruption/

·      Urinary tract infection. To learn more, please click on this link https://chatwithdrketch.com/2016/02/19/daily-health-tips-re-visiting-chronic-utis/

·      Pre-eclampsia. To learn more, please click on this link: https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/10/23/daily-health-tips-protein-in-urine-during-pregnancy/

Having said all these, you probably have no way of knowing what is harmless or not. So err on the side of caution and see your doctor if ‘it just doesn’t feel right’.

All the best!

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