Abdominal pain, backache or experiencing discomfort due to weight gained during pregnancy is common feeling. There are many changes in the body during pregnancy in a woman as the body modifies to accommodate the growing baby, and the increased abdominal size and weight may increase pressure on the lower back and women may suffer from back pain or foot pain. A pregnant woman should always be conscious of the pain she feels during pregnancy because there are also certain pains, which indicate serious conditions.
Some of conditions in which the abdominal pains are risky are
Ectopic pregnancy: In Ectopic pregnancy, abdominal pain happens because the embryo is implanted on the fallopian tube or on external part of the uterus. A physician can find out about ectopic pregnancy in the first trimester of pregnancy and if the condition is left treated, it can become life threatening for the pregnant women.
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy are
1. Abdominal pain
3. Virginal spotting
4. Pain that may get worse on doing any physical activity
5. Fainting or dizziness
Placental abruption: Placenta abruption can be partial or complete and the symptoms of placenta abruptions include bleeding and uterine tenderness. A woman may feel contractions, and feel pain and cramps. The woman may also sense a reduction in the movement of the baby.
Pain during miscarriage: Abdominal pain can cause miscarriage and the pain during miscarriage also has cramps. One may feel pain in lower back, which can be rhythmic pain and if the woman has miscarriage, she may have heavy bleeding.
Preclampsia: It can cause spasm and it can affect many other parts of the body such as kidney, liver and brain. Pregnant woman may suffer from puffiness and swelling on the face and hands, and the woman may also gain a lot of weight. Pain, headache, vomiting and visual disturbance are some of the common symptoms of preeclampsia.
Infections: Infection in the urinary tract can cause pain, which can increases the pelvic discomfort and if it is left untreated the woman may have kidney infection and even preterm labor. Other symptoms of urinary tract infection are fever, shaking or sweating.
Pre-term labor: Pain can be caused by preterm labor, which can start any time before the completion of thirty-seven weeks of pregnancy. If a woman has any type of vaginal discharge during the second or the third trimester and she also suffers abdominal pain, she should immediately call the medical practitioner.
Not-so-serious causes of abdominal pain
Constipation: Pregnant women may suffer from stomach disorders such as constipation and bloating, which can cause pain in the stomach and intestine. During pregnancy the hormones released in the body of a woman may reduce the movement of the food through the digestive tract and cause pain.
Pain in the groins: In the second trimester, woman may feel pain in groins and it is caused because the ligaments' supporting the uterus thickens to support the growing baby.
Contractions before 37 weeks: Pregnant woman may feel contraction before the 37 week, which can be painless or may cause pain.