Abdominal Pain at 35 Weeks

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am 35 weeks pregnant. I am not a high risk pregnancy and have not had any bleeding or heavy discharge.

I am having abdominal pain moderate to severe on the right side which seems to subside when I lay down on my left side. I can not lay on my right side without severe pain returning. It seems to feel like a tearing pain then begins to cramp. I also feel stabs of this pain when I am standing up or sitting up. This pain came on suddenly and is going on 24 hours.

Could there be something wrong that is not associated with the pregnancy?

ANSWER

It sounds like you may have pulled a ligament. Or the baby did it for you one time when it kicked.

Ligaments can take a while to heal, and be very uncomfortable in just the ways you describe. If you must lay on your right side, be sure to have lots of pillows under your belly and enough pillows between your legs so that your top leg is horizontal with the mattress, not leaning down. All you can do for now is to try to avoid things that make it hurt worse if that is what it is.

You should also tell your provider about it at the next visit so they can check to see if it really is a ligament.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.