Can abdominal pain during pregnancy be gas or is it something else?
- It's common to experience digestive problems during pregnancy.
- Discomforting and painful stomachaches are common.
- Make sure you tell gas from labour pain.
- Talk to your doctor about any discomforting symptom.
Pregnancy brings a lot of changes to your life, especially to your body. While most of those changes are good, few can be discomforting. For instance, pregnancy can mess with your digestive system, causing problems such as morning sickness and gas. However, the problem with gas and other digestive problems during pregnancy is that you may find it difficult to identify if it's really gas or something more serious. But, here is your guide to figure it out.
How is the discharge?
It is normal to experience vaginal discharge including bloody mucus when nearing labour. Increased mucus or vaginal discharge means that it's likely to be a sign of real labour and not a false alarm due to gas or anything else. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you notice increased activity down there.
What have you been eating?
While your baby is already affecting your digestive system, some foods can also trigger gas. Cruciferous veggies including cauliflower, broccoli and high-fibre foods such as beans are loaded with nutrients that can be helpful for you and the baby. They're also the main reason for gas. If the gas pain continues, change the food items in your plate, especially avoiding foods that can cause gas.
Does your belly hurt?
Gas pain usually brings a bloated feeling in the tummy along. Labour pain, on the other hand, involves muscle contractions all along the abdomen. There's an uncomfortable tightening in the stomach during labour, whereby the whole stomach feels hard. If your tummy feels hard every time it pains, it's more likely to be contraction and not gas.
So, do not panic every time you experience uncomfortable around your tummy. It could just be gas. However, you should be able to identify actual labour to seek safety measures thereafter.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Oct 13, 2015
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