Stomach pain is probably the most easily recognizable symptom of pregnancy. From the moment you first notice something is different, to the moment your baby is born, chances are, your stomach was causing you at least some measure of pain along the way. While it can be painful and uncomfortable, it’s perfectly natural to experience pregnancy stomach pain. This pain can show itself in several ways, ranging from mild nausea to severe stomach cramping and diarrhea and just about everything in between.
Fortunately, because pregnancy stomach pain is so common, your doctor will probably have some good ideas on how to deal with your particular symptoms. Some might also be temporary or short-lived. The nausea and vomiting that accompanies morning sickness often goes away after the first trimester. And even if it doesn’t, your doctor will probably know of some excellent remedies you can try to make it less difficult for you. You might try some cutting-edge prescription drugs, or you may find that a simple change in your diet does the trick.
Stomach cramping can make its appearance at any time during the pregnancy. It may very well be the thing that made you wonder if you were pregnant to begin with. You might have experienced some unusual cramping just days after conception, which can often be a tip-off that something has changed. If you find that your stomach is quite sensitive, you might have pregnancy stomach pain for the duration. You may find that cramping accompanies morning sickness. Very severe stomach cramping can be a red flag that something is not right, and you may be about to go into labor, even if it’s not yet time.
Pregnancy stomach pain can also manifest itself because the stomach is being squeezed into a smaller space as the uterus expands with the fetus’s growth. This pressure on you r stomach can cause pain, and is responsible for the more severe heartburn that many pregnant women face. Increased constipation is another common problem for pregnant women, and can also result in stomach cramping. The release of extra progesterone into your body can increase the likelihood of heartburn, and the need for the fetus to receive more nutrients results in digestive slowing, which can cause constipation.
Pregnant women may also find that they have a lot more gas, manifesting itself in flatulence and excess burping. Some of this can be remedied with some minor adjustments to behavior and diet.
While most of these problems are relatively common, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor if you are worried, or if something really seems abnormal. Keep in mind that a pain that is v very severe and unfamiliar might very well be a warning of something serious, like a miscarriage, or premature labor. The key is to be aware of the changes in your body, and to do whatever you can to remain active and healthy. The stronger you are, the stronger your baby will be, and the easier the delivery will be.
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