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I have pain in my belly

Created by BabyCenter

Aches, pains and cramps in your belly while you are pregnant are normal. They are usually nothing to worry about. Your body is changing to support your growing baby, and your womb is stretching to fit the baby as he grows.

Getting some rest usually eases the cramps. Try to relax. Sit down for a while with your feet up, or lie down on the side opposite to where you feel the pain. Sometimes belly pain can mean something is wrong:

  • Stomach cramps, vaginal bleeding and pain in the centre of the lower belly in early pregnancy could mean that you are losing your baby. Go to the hospital if you feel like this. If the bleeding is heavy and you are soaking more than 1 pad an hour, you need to rush to the hospital.
  • Painful cramps that start on one side and spread across your belly may mean that your pregnancy is growing in the wrong place. You may also have bleeding that is dark and watery. This happens in early pregnancy. Go to the hospital immediately.In later pregnancy, if you have pain in your lower belly, along with backache, stomach cramps and diarrhoea, it may mean that your baby is trying to be born early. Go to the hospital if you have frequent pains in late pregnancy, if you have bleeding or your waters break.
10 February 2015