Abdominal Swelling

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I'm in my 12th week of pregnancy and have experienced severe heartburn and gas for the past 2-3 weeks. I have done some adjusting to my diet and it has been helping.

However, the last day or so, what was just a tender abdomen (my doctor told me that the gas and heart burn were to blame) has developed into a fairly solid and extremely tender and sore swollen, peach pit size bump directly underneath my breasts.

I'm hoping its just severe gas and have tried to get it moving with ginger ale and gas ex, but I'm still extremely concerned as to why it has become a hard bump. It's fairly centered, favoring the left side only slightly. It's making a full breath almost unachievable and is constantly extremely uncomfortable.

I have a doctors appointment in a few days, but was wondering if I could get some ideas/answers prior to that since I'm worried and this is my first pregnancy.

Hoping someone has an idea,


This does not sound like gas. It may be a hernia, it may be a gallstone, or it may be something else--I couldn't tell without seeing you. I'd have it seen sooner rather than later if it's that big and wasn't there before.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.