My Stomach Is Where?

Occasionally the pain in the abdomen is caused by a condition called hiatus hernia, which happens when the stomach passes through an abnormal opening in the muscles and moves from the abdomen into the chest.

The stomach is caught in the hole or tear and may be twisted or strangulated. This causes pain similar to heart burn or gastritis. It requires proper examination to determine whether the abdominal pain is due to the presence of a hiatus hernia and to determine the course of treatment for the condition.

And Stretch...

As the uterus expands to accommodate the growing baby, lower pelvic pain may become an issue. Hormones are released during pregnancy to help the woman's body during the process.

One such hormone is relaxin, which helps the ligaments and joints to soften and stretch in order to allow for growth and delivery. As the ligaments around the uterus stretch, symptoms of lower abdominal pain and lower pelvic pain generally accompany.

Braxton-Hicks contractions trigger lower back pain and pelvic pain as well as they prepare the body for labor and delivery. Depending upon the intensity of the pain and cramping, walking can be a good method for dealing with this.

A warm bath is another great tool to relax and ease the pain and discomfort of most types of pregnancy abdominal pains.

It's All Part Of The Process

Cramping, abdominal and pelvic pains, and lower back pains, are common to pregnancy and can generally be relieved with rest, elevating the feet, drinking plenty of fluids and warm baths.

Walking and light housework are other ways to deal with some of the pains. Severe abdominal pain and cramping could be a sign of something more serious and medical assistance should be sought if such conditions exist.

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