Being pregnant is an exciting journey, but it can also come with a range of discomforts. Cramps in the lower abdomen are a common complaint amongst pregnant women, and if you’re currently 26 weeks pregnant, then you may be feeling them too. Cramps in the lower abdomen can be concerning and uncomfortable, so it’s important to understand what’s normal, and when you should be seeking medical advice. In this blog post, we look at what you need to know about 26 weeks pregnant cramps in the lower abdomen, and when you should be reaching out to your doctor. We’ll discuss the causes, symptoms and treatments available to help you manage any discomfort you might be feeling.
It’s crowded in there. The intestines are moving pretty much wherever they can find space in the late second trimester. There may be some new twists and turns as a result, which would restrict the passage of gas. Gas bubbles could become lodged in the lower pelvis and cause cramping. Gas moving through your system becomes more challenging due to the weight of your developing baby. You might experience some discomfort if you combine that with bloating-inducing foods that don’t agree with your stomach. For some people, gassy foods to avoid include beans, onions, peppers, and eggs.
Difference between a True Contraction and Braxton-Hicks Contraction
Common Causes of Pregnancy Abdominal Pain
You may occasionally experience discomfort as your body goes through significant changes. Your other organs are pushed aside as your baby grows and you carry more weight in your belly. Some common causes of abdominal pain during pregnancy that are manageable and will probably go away on their own can result from this:
Digestive problems. Particularly in the second and third trimesters, your stomach and intestines are under a lot of pressure from your growing baby. Any number of digestive issues, such as gas, bloating, or constipation, can cause stomach pain. Focus on drinking plenty of water and increasing the amount of fiber in your diet if your pain seems to be related to when you eat.
Strained muscles. Most pregnant women gain between 25 and 35 pounds to support their growing fetus. Strains in your back, sides, and abdomen can easily result from this weight in combination with your hormones’ impact on your muscles and ligaments. In general, muscle strain pain is tender and sore, and it is localized to the pulled muscle. Â.
Cramping. Even if you are pregnant and don’t have periods, you may still experience leg cramps. You may experience cramps as your uterus adjusts to its dramatic stretching, especially in your first and second semester. Similar to menstrual cramps, these cramps will feel like an aching or stabbing pain, but they will frequently subside on their own or with the application of heat.
Braxton Hicks contractions. Braxton Hicks contractions, also referred to as “false labor” pains, are sometimes your body’s way of preparing for actual labor. They are typically irregular, much milder than actual labor, and start out strong before becoming weaker. Although they may be uncomfortable or painful, Braxton Hicks contractions will stop on their own if you move or change positions.
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