Painful abdomen at 5 months

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Painful abdomen at 5 months
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Wed, 05-07-2008 - 7:57am

I'm 22 weeks pregnant and have been having very sharp pains in my abdomen. They start about halfway through the day and continue until I finally give up and lie down. I was very worried that these frightful pains, combined with the Braxton Hicks that I have been getting, were signs of problems. In addition my baby boy doesn't

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Wed, 05-07-2008 - 10:15am

Torielle:

I know you are not one inclined toward resting... especially when you could be running, cycling or doing some other sport or activity...

BUT your body appears to be telling you to slow down, relax a bit more, take a rest now and then...

I am very glad you have the reassurance from your doctor that these pains are normal and not at all to be worried about... but you still do need to scale things back a notch or two. You can ramp back up just as soon as the baby is born!

Libby



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Registered: 09-01-2006
Fri, 05-09-2008 - 10:04pm

I had horrible sharp pains with my 2nd pregnancy, too.


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Registered: 03-05-2008
Sat, 05-10-2008 - 7:29am
Hi Torielle - I suffered through awful round ligament pain during my second pregnancy, too.

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Sun, 05-11-2008 - 10:02pm

Hi Torielle,


I am so glad you posted this.

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Registered: 01-08-2008
Wed, 05-14-2008 - 11:01pm

Hi Torielle...I am experiencing exactly the same thing the past few days...braxton hicks and sharp pains...am almost 25 weeks now.

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Thu, 05-15-2008 - 2:51pm

I've just come back from a week of walking in the Swiss Alps - the day I started taking a magnesium supplement, the pain went away. I still get it sometimes, but after a short rest it disappears, so I think the magnesium is really doing the trick! I am so relieved and hope this advice serves to help some of you. I suspect

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Thu, 05-15-2008 - 2:59pm

Try a magnesium supplement (see my last post) - dont take them at the same time as other multivitamins and minerals, and drink lots of water with it. This has worked for me over the past week and although I still get the Braxton Hicks and feel the little one constantly day and night, the sharp pain that prevented me walking (or even being upright for long periods of time) have stayed away ever since. Thank goodness - I didnt relish another 4 months of this!


Torielle

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 05-15-2008 - 3:45pm

Torielle:

I should have thought of that! During my last pregnancy I had terrible pains in my calves and thighs... sort of like Charlie Horse pains. Apparently it is common for pregnant women to get an imbalance between their Magnesium, Calcium and Aluminium levels, all of which are necessary for a healthy balance.

I am glad you have your painful problem sorted!

Libby