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Forum Name: Obstetrics

Question: Sharp Belly Button Pains-35 weeks pregnant


 dulce313 - Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:27 am

I am 35 weeks pregnant and I have been experiencing sharp pains above my belly button and about 2 inches above it for the last several hours. The pain in not anywhere else. They are so painful, I can't move and I breath heavy when they occur. What could it be?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:29 pm

User avatar Hello,
Abdominal pain can occur without any serious problem in pregnancy but, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as bleeding, high blood pressure, swelling, severe headache, visual disturbances (such as blurred vision or seeing spots), or nausea and vomiting. These can be signs of pre-eclampsia or other problems. You have not mentioned other symptoms so I assume this is not the case.

If it continues you should talk to your doctor about it. It could be a sign of early labor. Also there are other disorders, unrelated to pregnancy, such as stomach virus, food poisoning, appendicitis, kidney stones, hepatitis, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, and bowel obstruction. The abdomen holds many organs so it can be hard to guess, but we should not assign everything to pregnancy which is the tendency. Other disorders can be missed. You would need to be examined to determine the cause of the pain.

Best wishes.

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