Doctor Desk: Abdominal pain during pregnancy can be a symptom of miscarriage

Abdominal Pain during Pregnancy

Abdominal Pain during pregnancy

Abdominal cramping (especially in the lower abdomen) can be frequent during pregnancy. The mother’s uterus gets bigger as pregnancy progresses; the muscles/ligaments supporting the uterus are being stretched out to support the expanding uterus. Due to this stretching, the mother is likely to experience some pain during pregnancy. The aches can be considered to be normal and is likely to persist as the mother’s pregnancy progresses. This is especially so during the early part of the pregnancy.

Measures to ease Abdominal Pain

  • The mother should try to take rest when experiencing cramps. She should sit down for a while.
  • She should try to lie on the opposite side to the pain is
  • A hot water/warm water bath should also help during pregnancy
  • Usage of a hot water bottle on the areas where the mother is experiencing abdominal pain should also help. The mother should wrap the bottle in a towel/soft cover, and use it gently on the painful areas

In case the abdominal pain during pregnancy does not go after several minutes of rest, it is important to inform the doctor.

Other causes

Abdominal pain can be due to a variety of other causes such as:

  • Appendicitis : inflammation of the appendix
  • Kidney stones : hard deposits that form in the kidneys
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Constipation/Gas
  • Upset Stomach

When is Abdominal Pain during pregnancy a concern?

Abdominal pain when coupled with other symptoms can be a sign for worry. Please go and visit the doctor immediately if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding:
  • Fever
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

These signs can be a symptom of:

  • placental abruption: This is a serious condition where the placenta separates from the uterus before the baby is born. The separation can be partial or complete.
  • ectopic pregnancy : This is a complication of the pregnancy where the embryo attaches itself outside of the uterus.
  • placenta praevia : This condition occurs when the placenta goes/is inserted into the lower part of the uterus
  • premature labor
  • miscarriage

Dr Astha Dayal
Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
Disha Clinic, DLF Phase 1
Visiting Consultant:
Artemis Hospital, Fortis Hospital and Max Hospital