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Painful Stomach in Pregnancy Overview

Another name for Painful Stomach in Pregnancy is Abdominal Pain in Pregnancy.

What is abdominal pain in pregnancy?
A woman with abdominal pain in pregnancy has discomfort in the abdomen during pregnancy. The location of the pain within the abdomen can be an important clue in determining the underlying cause. Pain located in one area of the abdomen may be more serious than pain in the entire abdomen.

What are the symptoms of abdominal pain in pregnancy?
Important features of abdominal pain in pregnancy include pain severity, character, timing, location, and the presence of associated symptoms. Symptoms that occur with abdominal pain in pregnancy include back pain, chest pain, constipation, diarrhea, cough, breathing difficulty, fever, vaginal bleeding, pain during urination, nausea, and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat abdominal pain in pregnancy?
It depends on the underlying cause for the pain. Some conditions can be treated with antacids or other medications. More serious causes for abdominal pain may require surgery or the emergency delivery of a near-term baby.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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