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Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy Treatment

Treatment for abdominal pain in pregnancy depends on the cause. Treatment for pain caused by a late pregnancy complication, such as placental abruption, may require an emergency C-section. Whereas pain caused by premature contractions may require treatment with medications and bedrest.

A woman who has pain from mild esophageal reflux, mild constipation, or mild diarrhea may be treated with over-the-counter medications. Severe abdominal pain caused by a diseased organ inside the abdomen, such as appendicitis or gallstones, may require urgent surgery. This usually requires admission to the hospital for a few days, followed by recuperation at home for a week or two. If a woman has moderate to severe pain, but initial tests do not identify a cause, the doctor may decide to observe her in the hospital. If the pain persists, the doctor may perform additional tests, in order to look for the cause of the abdominal pain.

Treatment for abdominal pain in pregnancy may include:

Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat abdominal pain in pregnancy:

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Last Updated: Jan 27, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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