One of the main organs of the female reproductive system is the uterus. It is found in the pelvic interior and is where the fetus is generated and developed until birth. To support the growth of the fetus, the uterus expands more and more as the pregnancy progresses as it develops and for this reason it may generate some discomfort or pain in the uterus or abdominal as they are named. But the pain in the womb what can it be? Could it be a sign of pregnancy?
Function of the Uterus in Pregnancy
And the answer is yes !! As the uterus is the organ responsible for housing the fetus and protecting it until the end of pregnancy and the target of so many transformations and growth, of course it will be more sensitive than normal and may present pain or greater sensitivity.
However, pain in the uterus can be symptoms of some problem or risk in pregnancy and should be evaluated by the gynecologist. Infection and endometriosis are also responsible for pain in the uterus.
Some complications considered serious during pregnancy are also responsible for severe pain in the uterus, but are usually accompanied by other symptoms. The placental abruption, preeclampsia, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage threats are some of these cases and may occur along bleeding, vaginal discharge and vaginal swelling and visual disturbances. When these symptoms are verified, a doctor should be contacted immediately to carry out further tests and discard the problem or carry out the appropriate treatment.
Main Reasons for Uterine Pain in Pregnancy
As we reported earlier, the uterus is one of the organs that undergoes the most changes during pregnancy and can increase up to 50X more than its normal size so it is common for women to experience some discomfort and pain in the uterus throughout the gestational phase. However, some problems may arise during pregnancy and present abdominal pain as a symptom, as is the case of urinary infection so common among pregnant women.
A urinary tract infection is a very common problem in pregnancy and usually occur mainly in the first quarter. Symptoms include pain in the bottom of the belly , burning and difficulty urinating, constant desire to go to the bathroom in addition to fever and in some cases nausea.
The smell of urine can also be changed, presenting a stronger odor in addition to the color. The diagnosis is made through a urinalysis that is usually performed as a routine in prenatal examinations . If the presence of infection is found, treatment should be initiated to fight the bacteria, usually carried out using antibiotics.
Risk of Abortion
The risk of miscarriage is one of the problems with uterine pain as a symptom. The problem can occur mainly in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, decreasing the risks when completing the first trimester . In addition to severe pain in the uterus or abdomen, the fact may be followed by vaginal bleeding, loss of vaginal fluid and severe pain in the head.
There is no form of precaution except in pregnancies already identified as at risk. In the event of the onset of symptoms, a hospital should be contacted immediately for an ultrasound scan to check the fetal heartbeat.
Already the ectopic pregnancy is not such a common problem to occur, but also has symptoms like pain in the uterus. The problem is usually discovered around 10 weeks of pregnancy, where the pregnant woman feels severe pain on only one side of the belly accompanied by vaginal bleeding, nausea, dizziness and severe pain during sexual intercourse. The fact is due to the fact that the fetus is being generated outside the uterus and can only be diagnosed through an ultrasound examination and when proven, the treatment must be immediate.
After the first trimester, other problems may present themselves, including risks for pregnancy, so every sign must be carefully observed and reported to the gynecologist. The placental abruption could happen from the 20th week and brings serious risks of miscarriage or premature birth and its main symptom intense pains in the uterus accompanied by bleeding, contractions and pain in the lower back.
Gases and Constipation
Other more common problems in the final stretch of pregnancy can also cause pain in the uterus, but nothing too strong and not considered out of the ordinary, as is the case of pain caused by gas and constipation .
Especially at the end of pregnancy due to the baby’s weight on the intestine, the functioning of the intestine is shaken, facilitating the accumulation of gases and disrupting its normal functioning. The best way to avoid this discomfort is to eat foods rich in fiber, vegetables and drink plenty of water and if possible to practice some exercise, such as a light walk.
In the last trimester, pain in the uterus can also be signs of labor and you should be aware of the symptoms. Labor is always accompanied by other symptoms such as vaginal discharge, gelatinous discharge or discharge from the tampon and uterine contractions that must be strictly monitored.
In case of doubts or confirmation of symptoms, maternity should be sought immediately to verify active labor. As the presence of pain in the uterus can be of several problems and reasons, it is advisable to inform the obstetrician during the prenatal consultation or when necessary in emergency care. There is little care and caution during the gestational period, so double the care and attention to each symptom.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.