During pregnancy, stomach upset can be an especially difficult symptom to manage. In the second trimester, stomach upset can be even more challenging to deal with as many of the other common symptoms of pregnancy can start to surface. From nausea and morning sickness to food cravings and aversions, the second trimester can be a difficult time for expectant mothers. The good news is that there are several things that can be done to help alleviate stomach upset during the second trimester. In this blog post, we will be discussing the causes of stomach upset during pregnancy, as well as providing tips on how to manage and prevent it. We will also be discussing the importance of seeking medical advice if the stomach upset persists or worsens. By the end of this blog post, you will have a better understanding of how to manage stomach upset during the second trimester of pregnancy.
Urgent advice: Call your midwife immediately if you have stomach pain and:
Any of these signs might indicate the presence of a serious condition that requires immediate attention.
Possible causes of serious stomach pain
There are some conditions that require immediate attention and can cause stomach pain.
A fertilized egg implants outside the womb during this process, for example, in a fallopian tube. The pregnancy must be terminated surgically or through medication because it cannot survive.
Pregnancy-related symptoms can start to show up between weeks 4 and 12 and can include:
Before 24 weeks of pregnancy, bleeding and cramping may indicate a miscarriage or a threatened miscarriage (when you bleed but the pregnancy usually goes on).
Due to the baby’s growth and the uterus pushing up under the ribs in later pregnancy, pain just under the ribs is frequently experienced.
However, if this pain is severe or persistent, especially on the right side, it may be an indication of pre-eclampsia, which is a condition where a pregnant woman has high blood pressure. After 20 weeks or soon after the baby is born, it typically begins.
Other symptoms of pre-eclampsia include:
Youll need to be monitored in hospital.
If you experience regular abdominal tightenings or cramps and are less than 37 weeks pregnant, call your midwife.
You should be monitored in the hospital if this indicates an early labor.
This is when the placenta begins to separate from the uterine wall, frequently resulting in bleeding and excruciating pain that is constant and never-ending like a contraction pain.
It can occasionally be life-threatening because it could prevent the placenta from adequately supporting your unborn child.
You should visit the hospital so that both you and the child can be examined.
Pregnancy-related UTIs are common and typically treatable. They may hurt your stomach and occasionally, but not always, when you urinate.
A doctor may prescribe medication to lessen dehydration and discomfort if you have severe symptoms. Under the supervision of your doctor, you can typically manage symptoms with dietary changes or vitamin therapy if they are mild or if you prefer not to take medication.
Vomiting after 16 weeks of pregnancy is typically not related to pregnancy and may be brought on by a bug or infection. Rarely, more serious medical conditions like hepatitis, pancreatitis, or ulcers can cause vomiting. Don’t let your doctor or yourself assume that nausea or vomiting you experience after the first trimester of pregnancy is due to pregnancy without first checking for other possible causes.
Preterm labor symptoms include diarrhea that appears suddenly, in the absence of a known trigger, or in conjunction with low back pain, increased vaginal discharge, or mucus. Immediately contact your physician if you experience this set of symptoms.
Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help stave off heartburn. Antacids, proton pump inhibitors (Prevacid), or H2 blockers (Tagamet or Pepcid) are common treatments that are typically safe to use while pregnant.
We can anticipate mild to moderate nausea and vomiting during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, also known as morning sickness. In fact, nausea is one of the first signs of pregnancy for many women.
Is upset stomach normal in second trimester?
What are the danger signs of pregnancy for second trimester?
- Vaginal discharge – change in type (watery, mucous, bloody)
- Lower abdominal or pelvic pressure.
- Low, dull backache.
- Abdominal cramps, with or without diarrhea (may feel like menstrual cramps)
When should I worry about an upset stomach during pregnancy?
Can an upset stomach harm my unborn baby?