Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

Belly (abdominal) pain is common during pregnancy. Most of the time, it is not a serious problem. Other times, it can be a sign that something is wrong with the pregnancy. Always tell your doctor if you have belly pain.


For mild pain:

  • Do not have sex (intercourse) or put anything in your vagina until you feel better.

  • Rest until your pain stops. If your pain lasts longer than 1 hour, call your doctor.

  • Drink clear fluids if you feel sick to your stomach (nauseous).

  • Do not eat solid food until you feel better.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.


  • You are bleeding, leaking fluid, or pieces of tissue come out of your vagina.

  • You have more pain or cramping.

  • You keep throwing up (vomiting).

  • You have pain when you pee (urinate) or have blood in your pee.

  • You have a fever.

  • You do not feel your baby moving as much.

  • You feel very weak or feel like passing out.

  • You have trouble breathing, with or without belly pain.

  • You have a very bad headache and belly pain.

  • You have fluid leaking from your vagina and belly pain.

  • You keep having watery poop (diarrhea).

  • Your belly pain does not go away after resting, or the pain gets worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.