Is a sharp pain during pregnancy normal? During pregnancy, your body will undergo many changes as it adapts to the growing life inside of you. You will gain weight and your body will grow to accommodate your new baby. While this is natural and necessary, it can cause some discomfort.
It can be stressful, especially for first time mothers, to discern between normal pains and when there is a possible complication from a sharp pain during pregnancy.
Possible Causes of a Sharp Pain During Pregnancy
One of the most common sharp pains that women report is a stabbing pain in and around the uterus, abdomen or groin area. While this can be uncomfortable, in many cases it can be explained by normal changes that occur during pregnancy.
Some common causes include:
• Cramping– You may experience sharp pain due to the cramping that occurs from the uterus expanding
• Gas and Bloating
• Round Ligament Pain– Round ligament pain can occur during second trimester and can cause a sharp pain in the abdomen on either or both sides. The pain is caused by the stretching of the ligament that supports the uterus as the uterus grows.
Some warning signs include:
• If pain is accompanied with vomiting, fever, chills, heavy bleeding/blood flow, or change in vaginal discharge
• If the sharp pain is continual after resting or adjusting (round ligament pain shouldn’t last more than a few minutes)
• If the pain makes it difficult to breathe, walk or speak
If you experience any of the above symptoms contact your healthcare provider immediately.