One of the things I love about blogging is that I have a permanent record about how I felt and the things that I did. It’s wonderful to see how far I’ve come. When I was six weeks pregnant with Eudora, I woke up with abdominal pain during pregnancy. I’d had a miscarriage prior to my pregnancy with Norton. It was awful and traumatic, and I did my best to work past it. With that in mind, abdominal pain during pregnancy, especially early pregnancy, terrified me. When I tried to figure out what could cause abdominal pain during pregnancy, particularly low and only on one side, I worried. My first thought was wondering if it could be early signs of ectopic pregnancy.
Of course, I consulted Dr. Google. It was two o’clock in the morning, and there was no way I was going to call the nurse’s hotline. They always advise a trip to the hospital. My family doctor wasn’t accessible at those hours. So it was pretty much Google or just worrying and waiting.
I went into the living room and logged into my laptop. I quickly started Googling for early signs of ectopic pregnancy.
And then I found that I did not have the symptoms.
While one sided abdominal pain during pregnancy is most definitely a symptom, what I was experiencing most definitely didn’t fit the criteria. It wasn’t severe. I didn’t double over from it. And it most certainly was not persistent. It didn’t happen until I coughed or sneezed.
I have no vaginal bleeding. I haven’t collapsed, thrown up, or lost consciousness from the pain. I don’t have shoulder tip pain or pain upon going to the washroom.
Okay, great. Suddenly, my fears during pregnancy were vanquished. Or at least, those particular fears during pregnancy were vanquished. I felt better. At that point, I was able to rationally realize that abdominal pain during pregnancy is quite normal. It doesn’t always mean the worst. Sometimes it’s just the beginning of the uterus expanding in order to accommodate something that will eventually grow into the size of a bowling ball.
Did you experience abdominal pain during pregnancy?
Originally written August 2011.
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