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Pregnant. Having lower abdominal pain like periods. Anything serious? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jun-2013
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User:Good Morning Doctor
Doctor:Good morning.
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:i m running 36 weeks. Last night i had lower abdominal pain exactly like how i used to feel before getting periods. Does that mean my baby has got engaged ?
User:i found it reallt difficult to lie stomach was aching
User:LMP : 30 Dec 2011
Doctor:The symptoms that you have are normal symptoms of pregnancy
Doctor:It occurs due to hormones as well as stretch of the ligaments.
Doctor:However after 36 weeks, labour pain which are regular and frequent contractile pain can start any time.
User:aah i it shouldnt really be due to the baby engagement is it?
Doctor:It may or may not be associated with other symptoms like
Doctor:watery discharge,
User:i see
Doctor:blood tinged mucus discharge in the beginning.
Doctor:If you feel that the pain is increasing in intensity and frequency gradually as the time passes,
Doctor:it suggest that you are going into labour and that you need to be in the hospital.
Doctor:May I know if this is your first pregnancy?
User:okies...well the pain just lasted for about 10 - 15 mins only
User:yes this is my first pref
Doctor:If this is your first pregnancy, it may be a bit difficult to differentiate between true and false labour pain.
Doctor:So few things that you can watch is
Doctor:If you have pains intermittently.
User:no ...thats not the case so far...but i will keep a note
Doctor:If the pain is occurring intermittently check if the duration of pain and intensity of pain is increasing every cycle.
Doctor:If there is any water flow from the vagina
Doctor:or any bloody discharge from the vagina.
Doctor:All these symptoms are suggesting that you are ready for delivery.
User:alright - i have listed them...and will keep a check......another thing i wanted to know is...whether its safe to sleep lying on my back at this stage...
Doctor:Engagement and the fact that you will deliver shortly is confirmed by clinical examination where the gynecologist looks for cervical dilatation and efacement.
Doctor:It is better to sleep in the sides (left).
Doctor:It helps the fetus by improving the circulation/
User:ok will do
Doctor:It helps you in reducing the stomach and back pain.
Doctor:Sleeping on the back can increase/aggravate back pain at this period.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes absolutely Dr. XXXXXXX was a very informative session...thanks for being available and addressing my querries...Appreciate your help at this early hour
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:I wish you a safe and normal delivery.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
User::-) Thanks Doctor Bye ..Have a good day
Doctor:Wish you the same. Bye for now.
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