17 Warning Signs During Pregnancy You Should Be Cautious About

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Abdominal Pain

woman holding pregnant stomach

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If you haven’t noticed yet, you are bound to have some abdominal pain in pregnancy. After all, this is where the majority of the changes are taking place! Your uterus is constantly expanding, your internal organs are being constantly pushed and shifted out of place, your ligaments are being stretched (hello round ligament pain!) and let’s not forget the morning sickness, gas and bloating. All of these are perfectly normal, although somewhat annoying, symptoms of pregnancy. While there are plenty of normal reasons you may be experiencing abdominal pain, there are times when abdominal pain can pose a serious risk.

An ectopic pregnancy can cause severe pain located on only one side of the abdomen, a miscarriage can cause abdominal pain accompanied by back pain, cramping, bleeding or spotting and a sudden decrease in other signs of pregnancy. Abdominal pain can also be a symptom of Pre-Eclampsia as well. If you are experiencing upper abdominal pain, usually under your ribs on the right side, this can be a severe symptom and should be reported to your doctor.

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