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Why I am having a swollen lower abdomen and pains after pregnancy ?

I had a baby 12 weeks ago VBAC. About 6 weeks ago I had to go to hospital for alot of bleeding and turned out there was still some afterbirth left, but my doctor said to see if it would naturally go away. 2 weeks ago I went for another ultrasound and it said there was nothing left in my uterus. Last week I was having sharp gas like pains and swollen upper abdomen area. This weeks the abdomin pains have subsided, but now my lower abdomin area is swollen. Any ideas as to what is going on? I am not pregnant and haven t had my first period (other then the heavy bleeding 6 weeks ago from the afterbirth that was still left in my uterus)
Asked On : Tue, 22 Mar 2011
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OBGYN 's  Response
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Post pregnancy it is common to have a bulging lower abdominal area due to weakened muscles of the abdomen as there was a big bulge prior to delivery because of the child.It will take some time and plenty of exercise to bring back the shape of your body.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal
Answered: Tue, 22 Mar 2011
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General Surgeon Dr. Swapnendu Sekhar Ghosh's  Response
from your statement the cause of pain and bleeding was due to remnants of after birth
upper abdominal distention may be due to flatulence and dyspepsia
associated constipation may give rise to wind pain
lower abdominal swelling may be due to sub involution of uterus or it may be due to lack of abdominal muscle tone in postpartum period'
there may be lactational amenorrhoea but pregnancy can occur in this period also.
if you are having problems please consult your doctor
Answered: Tue, 22 Mar 2011
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