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Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about abdominal pain during pregnancy?

Abdominal pain during pregnancy is common. Some 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.

How is the cause of pain during pregnancy diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask you about the pain. You may also need any of the following:

How is abdominal pain during pregnancy treated?

Treatment will depend on the cause of your pain. Ask your healthcare provider before you take any medicine during pregnancy, including over-the-counter pain medicines. Acetaminophen may be recommended. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly. Your provider will tell you how much is safe to take each day during pregnancy. Too much medicine can be harmful to your baby. Read the labels of all other medicines you are using to see if they also contain acetaminophen, or ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What can I do to manage my symptoms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my obstetrician?

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