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9 months pregnant with stomach pains.
Sarahvalentine posted:
I keep having pains in my stomach area, its not a upset stomach more like the muscles. Not sure if i should go to the doctor or if it is normal. Right now it is on the right side but last night it was on the left side. Baby is still moving alot and no blood. I am having a csection so i dont want to go in to labor but i dont think this is labor, i have had it for a couple of days. Help!
Kay Johnson, CNM responded:
Pains up near your stomach (under your ribs) could be gall stones. They will usually flare up after a meal. They often radiate around to your back.

If the pains are down below your naval, they may be uterine contractions. If they are infrequent, they probably just normal Braxton-Hicks. They often are called false labor pains, but they are practice contractions that keep the uterine muscles ready for labor.

Some uterine contractions may get strong enough to be considered painful. Many of these are Braxton-Hicks but if these are occurring more than 10 in an hour, you should probably call your doctor or midwife and consider getting checked in the hospital or office tonight or tomorrow.

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