This material must not be used for commercial purposes, or in any hospital or medical facility. Failure to comply may result in legal action.
Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Abdominal pain during pregnancy is common. Some of the causes include heartburn, constipation, gas, false labor, and round ligament pain. Round ligament pain is caused by stretching of the ligaments that support your uterus. Abdominal pain may be caused by a health problem, such as a stomach virus or appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix). The pain may also be caused by a problem with your pregnancy, such as a threatened miscarriage or preterm labor.
Follow up with your obstetrician within 3 days:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Rest may help to relieve round ligament pain. Ask your healthcare provider about other ways to relieve this pain, such as a supportive belt or pregnancy exercises.
- Use a heating pad set to the lowest setting or a hot compress to apply heat to your abdomen. Do this for 20 to 30 minutes every 2 hours for as many days as directed.
- Avoid quick changes in position or movements that cause pain.
- Do not lie flat in bed or bend over if you have heartburn. Ask your obstetrician if you should make any changes to the foods you eat. Ask if you can take any medicines for heartburn.
- Eat more fiber and drink more liquids to relieve constipation. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods, such as whole-wheat bread and cereals. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
Contact your obstetrician if:
- You continue to have abdominal pain that cannot be relieved.
- You have a fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have sudden, severe pain or cramps that are so bad that you cannot walk or talk.
- You have a fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, and you feel lightheaded or faint.
- You have vaginal bleeding or discharge.
- You have nausea, vomiting, fever, and severe pain on your right side.
© Copyright IBM Corporation 2018 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. All illustrations and images included in CareNotes® are the copyrighted property of A.D.A.M., Inc. or IBM Watson Health
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
Learn more about Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy (Aftercare Instructions)
IBM Watson Micromedex
- Abdominal Pain in Children
- Acute Abdominal Pain
- Chronic Abdominal Pain
- Chronic Abdominal Pain in Children
- Glucose Screen for Gestational Diabetes
- Infant Colic
- Pregnancy at 11 to 14 Weeks
- Pregnancy at 15 to 18 Weeks
- Pregnancy at 19 to 22 Weeks
- Pregnancy at 23 to 26 Weeks
- Pregnancy at 27 to 30 Weeks
- Pregnancy at 31 to 34 Weeks
- Pregnancy at 35 to 38 Weeks
- Pregnancy at 39 to 40 Weeks
- Pregnancy at 7 to 10 Weeks