Pregnant and stomach ache

Being pregnant and having a stomach ache is no fun. You are often shocked to think that something is wrong with the baby. Fortunately, this does not always have to be the case. A miscarriage occurs in 1 in 10 pregnancies. Blood loss occurs in almost half of pregnant women. Abdominal pain and blood loss together occur less often. In addition, abdominal pain can also be a sign of an infection or ligament pain.

Abdominal pain is not always a miscarriage

The fear of miscarriage is understandable but not always necessary. Of all pregnancies, 10 percent end in miscarriage. After 12 weeks of pregnancy, only 3 percent end in miscarriage. From 16 weeks of pregnancy the chance is very small. However, abdominal pain can indicate a miscarriage or premature birth. But how do you recognize this? A miscarriage usually starts with blood loss: pink discharge or bright red blood. This bleeding may increase but may also stop for a while. Sometimes a miscarriage is announced by some blood loss, then nothing for two days and then some blood loss again. Unfortunately, no two miscarriages are the same, making it often difficult to determine whether the blood loss also means a miscarriage. If the miscarriage continues, abdominal pain will occur. This starts as a mild menstrual cramp but will become increasingly severe. The abdominal pain continues until everything has been removed from the uterus. If you continue to have abdominal pain and blood loss, visit your midwife.

The intestines cause pain in the abdomen

You may experience intestinal problems, especially at the beginning of pregnancy. The hormones that are produced cause the intestines to become somewhat ‘lazy’: they work less efficiently. A blockage occurs, resulting in abdominal pain. Another reason for abdominal pain is the growing uterus pushing the intestines out of the way. This can sometimes cause stabbing pain. You often feel a short, sharp twinge, sometimes a nagging feeling. You also often feel bloated, especially at the beginning and towards the end of pregnancy.

To pee

Do you have stomach pain during or after urination? There is certainly a risk of a bladder infection. In addition to abdominal pain, you may also have a burning sensation. Sometimes the pain radiates to the back or can only be felt in the back. Pregnant women have an increased risk of developing bladder infections. This definitely needs to be treated. If a bladder infection is not treated, there is a chance that the bacteria will work their way up, where they will cause further inflammation. The risk of developing kidney stones and bladder stones is also increased. This causes a colicky, very severe pain when the stones become stuck or slide through a urinary tract. Drinking plenty of water flushes the bladder, removing a large part of the bacteria. In addition, a course of antibiotics can be prescribed, which kills the bacteria. Complete this treatment, even if the complaints have already disappeared.

Stomachache and nausea

If you feel nauseous and have a stomach ache, it could be a stomach flu or an infection with a bacteria or virus. You can feel quite bad, be nauseous and vomit. Diarrhea may also occur. But sometimes all you feel is stomach pain and nausea. A stomach flu will go away on its own. Drink plenty of fluids if you are vomiting or have diarrhea. The risk of dehydration is always present and is more dangerous during pregnancy.
In early pregnancy, abdominal pain and nausea are one of the more than fifty pregnancy symptoms that can occur. Nausea is caused by pregnancy hormones and usually disappears after the 12th week. Abdominal pain can be a form of ligament pain or pain caused by the growth of the uterus.
After eating you may also have some stomach ache and sometimes feel nauseous. This occurs more often, especially towards the end of pregnancy. The growing uterus pushes the stomach aside and reduces the stomach contents. This often makes it difficult to eat large portions of food. If you eat a lot, you will get a stomach ache, a full feeling and you may feel nauseous. It is better to divide the food into several smaller portions throughout the day. This also prevents heartburn. Heartburn is felt as a painful or burning sensation in the throat or esophagus. Sometimes a little stomach acid leaks into the oral cavity. This can make you feel nauseous. Heartburn is caused by muscle relaxation of the stomach valve that closes off the esophagus. Due to the hormones, this valve is no longer as effective and a small amount of stomach acid easily flows back into the esophagus. Avoid eating spicy foods, soft and fruit drinks, chocolate and sweets. This causes heartburn more quickly. If this bothers you, drink milk. This means you will get rid of these complaints sooner.

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