Pregnancy, Round Ligament Pain (cont.)
Pregnancy, Round Ligament Pain Symptoms
Pain from stretching uterine ligaments can be severe and can be confused with causes outside your pregnancy. Pregnant women often feel acute abdominal pain when the cause is something more serious, such as the following:
- Appendicitis - An inflammation of the appendix located in your right lower abdomen. You initially have poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, and, as the inflammation progresses, worsening pain. As you move further along in your pregnancy, the pain from appendicitis will be felt in the upper abdomen instead on the lower abdomen because of your growing uterus pushes the apendix upward into the abdomen.
- Pain in ovaries or ovarian cysts. The ovary located in this area may twist, or an ovarian cyst may rupture, causing sudden severe abdominal pain. The pain may also be caused by the rupture of an ovarian cyst.
- Abnormal growths in the abdominal area
- Twisting of a fibroid tumor (benign) which may interrupt the blood supply to the lesion and causing pain.
- Abdominal cramps due to constipation because of slow digestion caused by pregnancy (These emanate from the ascending colon and/or cecum, located in the right lower quandrant of the abdomen.)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/21/2015
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
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