Question: I’m 5 months pregnant and sometime feel abdominal pain. Does it have something to do with the baby? Can the gender of my baby be determined at this stage? When can I find out the gender of my baby?
Causes of abdominal pain during pregnancy
At the gestational age of 5 months your baby would weigh approximately 1 pound and be about 7.5 inches long. Organ-genesis is completed and hence by now the reproductive organs are also fully developed.
The gender of your child can be determined after the gestational age of 3 months.
Abdominal pain is common and observed due to physiological and structure changes taking place in the mother’s uterus. During the second trimester (i.e. 4 to 6 months) the ligaments that support the uterus get stretched, as the fetus increases in size. This causes the dull aching pain across the belly; occasionally the pain may be sharp and stitching in nature. False contractions or irregular tightening of the uterus occurs due to excessive straining or taking long walks.These contractions are referred to as Broxton- Hicks contractions.
Some simple tips to be followed to reduce abdominal pain are,
- Don’t change positions quickly and avoid turning sharply especially at the waist
- Pressure will relieve pain
- Hot fomentation will help especially the lower part of your abdomen
- Remain hydrated
Abdominal pain is also accompanied with back pain, which is commonly due to change in the posture of the body, poor mechanics, fatigue, hormonal changes, etc.
The other pathological causes of abdominal pain during pregnancy included urinary tract infection, placental detachment, preterm labor, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, etc. If the pains are severe and persistent in nature and accompanied with other symptoms like fever, chills, nausea, etc, it is always advisable to visit your medical consultant, without delay.