Many symptoms are unavoidable during pregnancy, like bloated feeling, constipation, moody feeling, cramp, and vomiting. However, pain is something usually regarded with more attention, especially abdominal pain that happens on certain spots. Many women who experience sudden sharp pain on their left abdominal, especially during later months, are often panic and thinking that there is something wrong. Miscarriage usually comes to mind and it makes many women fly in panic mode.
The truth is: abdominal pain can be either serious or not, but you should pay more attention to it. Pay attention about when you get it, how intense the pain is, and is there any accompanying symptoms like constipation, gassy feeling and vomiting. You may come to your doctor for advice, but sometimes you do not have to worry too much.
Causes of Abdominal Pain during Pregnancy
Each woman experiences pregnancy different way, thanks to the differences of their conditions. However, different types of pain usually signify different conditions and causes. If the pain is rather dull but accompanied by bloated and gassy feeling, you may experience pregnancy constipation, which is caused by increased progesterone level that slows down your digestive system.
If the pain is experienced when you shift position (from standing to sit or shifting legs) and it is felt to the crotch area, and if you are in your second trimester, it maybe because your ligaments are stretched because of uterus growth. If you experience a slight pain accompanied by nausea and vomiting, it is a natural effect of your growing uterus.
However, if the pain is sharp and pinching, and tends to happen at the later trimester, there are several possible causes:
- Ectopic pregnancy. This happens when your eggs implanted outside the uterus, usually on fallopian tube. It is rare and usually felt between 6th and 10th weeks of pregnancy. The pain is sharp and sudden, sometimes can cause the woman to faint and experience heavy bleeding. If you have ectopic pregnancy history, abdominal surgery, pelvic surgery or infection, you need to see the doctor immediately.
- Sudden placental abruption. This happens when your placenta suddenly abrupt before delivery period. The pain is often accompanied with liquid blood and rock hard sensation on the stomach. You have the risk of getting this condition if you have high blood pressure or diagnosed with high risk of preeclampsia.
- Miscarriage. Sharp abdominal pain on the left or right side accompanied with belly cramp and throbbing sensation (often mimics menstruation symptom) that happens on the first trimester of your pregnancy must be your concern. Visit the doctor immediately if this happens.
- Urinary tract infection. This disease affects 10 out of 100 pregnant women around the world, and it has symptoms such as frequent urge to urinate, burning sensation when urinating, bloody urine and stomach pain. If this happens, quickly see the doctor before it develops into kidney infection or preterm labor.
Basically, pregnant women experience many symptoms during pregnancy, and slight abdominal pain with nausea, vomiting and cramp can be expected. However, you must also know when you have to see your doctor to prevent worse things to happen.
Some Normal and Dangerous Cause of pinching pain in lower left abdomen during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a tricky period. Any simple pain can be caused by much stuff. Some can be ignored while the other will become the important clue for certain serious problem. If you are connected with the internet, it is quite easy to find the information related with the pain.
Anyone with quick learning ability will get the idea behind the pain easily. But still, reading the information does not give you real skill in judging your current situation. It will be best to confirm the situation with the doctor help. If you still get a doubt, you can take the second opinion from different doctor.
Cause of pinching pain in lower left abdomen during pregnancy may vary. The normal cause for the pain will be the constant shifting of the organ. The expanding uterus and the stretching ligament will add the pain gradually.
To deal with it, eating more frequent will help you to ease the pain. Be sure to have the meal in smaller portion and exercise regularly to keep your weight proportion balance. It is also important to have enough rest and empty the bladder as often as possible.
During the second trimester of pregnancy, it is possible to have increased lower abdominal pain. The pain has sharp and stabbing feel. The good news is that this pain will resolved over time. It is rare to have the egg implant other than the uterus. But once such situation happens, it will be another cause for intense pain and bleeding.
Most of the case happens during the 6th and 10th weeks of pregnancy. Unlike the previous pain cause, this situation needs immediate treatment. Another serious problem that will cause the abdominal pain is the placental abruption. It will cause dangerous complication. Under certain situation, the doctor will induce the labor with emergency cesarean section.