Has anyone else had a cramp in their upper right side of the tummy near the end of pregnancy?

Brianne - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I always get a cramp in my upper right side of my stomach but I had the Doctor do blood tests and it seems like everything is normal but they can't tell me what it could be! Just wondering if anyone else had it? I'm thinking that it's just a pulled stomach muscle from carrying around the weight of the baby...

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KAMA - posted on 09/29/2009

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YIP I HAD THE SAME THING ON THE SAME SIDE, AND THE DOCTOR SAID THE SAME THING SO I PUT IT DOWN TO MOVING OR TURNING TOO FAST, YET IT STILL HAPPENED WHILE I WAS SITTING OR LYING, SO I PUT IT DOWN TO MUSCLE STRAIN, I GRABBED SOME OIL AND MASSAGED IT UP TO 5 TIMES A DAY AND IT REALLY DID HELP, ALSO MY BUMP LOVED THE TOUCHING. IF YOU DO THAT, THE PAIN WILL GO AWAY. HOPE THIS HELPS

Shonda - posted on 09/29/2009

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A not very well known effect of pregnancy is to change your metabolism in a way that can cause gallstones or other gallbladder problems. The symptoms can include pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen especially after fatty meals; tenderness in the right upper quadrant much of the time; nausea and vomiting; sometimes even right shoulder referral pain. This is a pretty common complaint at the end of pregnancy or just following giving birth.

Kerry - posted on 09/29/2009

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I had those with my 2nd child and told the doctor about it and she told me that the baby was probably lying against my liver and to try not to lie on the right side and do so on the left side as much as possible to try and move the baby more to that side. Your liver moves to the upper right side and that is probably why you get it. If you notice when you lay on the left side that it eases up then that is probably what it is.

Natasha - posted on 10/05/2009

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hi there, i had sumthing like that recently. the local hospital brought me in cuz it was really awful and they scanned me for gall stones at 28wks, left easily undetected because when ur pregnant, baby pushes uverything up. my little girl came then at 30wks!

Tara - posted on 09/29/2009

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I've had twinges and cramps like that through both pregnancies, if it's on the upper right side of your abdomen the worry is that it is liver enlargement (a sign of pre-eclampsia) which is why the doctor will do blood tests - if they come back normal odds are it's just muscle/ligament stretching or pain. I did have similar pain with this pregnancy because the baby is squashing my kidney on the right side, but that will show up in the regular urine tests most doctors do at your pre-natal visits for testing sugars, etc.
If the pain gets really bad or other symptoms appear, definitely go in to see your doc - better safe than sorry.

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Kaitlyn - posted on 01/25/2013

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I have the same I have been having cramps on my right hand side. I feel like I wanna throw up but got nothing to throw up. I felt dizzy one day n don't know why

Andy - posted on 10/04/2009

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Quoting Shonda:

A not very well known effect of pregnancy is to change your metabolism in a way that can cause gallstones or other gallbladder problems. The symptoms can include pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen especially after fatty meals; tenderness in the right upper quadrant much of the time; nausea and vomiting; sometimes even right shoulder referral pain. This is a pretty common complaint at the end of pregnancy or just following giving birth.


I also had this pain in the upper right side but more under my right breast and it was gall stones.  The best way to get diagnosed is through an ultrasound of your gall bladder.  The pain can be so intense that it is worse than labor pains.  It almost feels like you can't breathe.  Good luck and I hope you feel better. 

Sherelle - posted on 10/02/2009

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The only advice I can give you is if you're not satisfied with what your doctor told you get a 2nd opinion. And if your insurance will allow you get some more tests done. I was lucky that my OBGYN took urine with each doctor visit so they detected the protein spillage early. I had to take a 24 hour urine test (you have to collect ALL of your urine in this gallon container for 24 straight hours) and they found out that I was spilling protein. In any case they made me leave work and diagnosed me with preeclampsia. I wasn't on total bed rest but I was instructed to take it easy. I found I got the abdominal pain more when I was upset or aggravated, so try to make stress a thing of the past if you can. Also moving around and doing some stretching and walking also helps. You get some exercise and these are also great ways to lower your stress level and relax. Hope this helps :)

Jessica - posted on 10/02/2009

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I had the same thing. Around 28 weeks! I was in a movie and felt as though I was dying, so i left and went to the hospital, but just as I got there the pain eased up and I got such relief. They could not do anything because the pain had ceased. It happened two or 3 times after that and my OBGYN told me it was probably an intestinal cramp. Then two days after I gave birth, i got again the pain only this time, it lasted longer than the regular 20 minutes. It was about 2 hours of pain I headed to the hospital where they gave me painkillers and did an MRI later where I found out I had gallstones! Instead of removing my gallbladder I looked up a cleanse, figuring i may as well try that before removing my organ. I did the gallstone cleanse twice and now i'm fine! Just one weird suggestion: When you get the pain try takin a couple sips of Apple Cider Vinegar lol I know it sounds crazy, but until I had the diagnosis, this was my only drug-free pain relief!!! :p

Katie - posted on 10/01/2009

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I always had upper right side pains. It wasn't so much a cramp...I would describe it more as a soar, jabbing feeling. I'm not sure exactly what it was but my baby was breeched and I suspect that his arm or foot was jabbing into my rib cage. It was a pain at the time, but the pain went away right after he was born.

Ashley - posted on 10/01/2009

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i had that for both of my sons. with my 2nd it was worse and would not go away. i had it in my back on my ri ght side as well. i had urine tests done constantly and ultrasounds monthly. it was just the way the baby was lying. he was mostly on my right side.

Rebecca - posted on 10/01/2009

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it might just be your baby in weird spot .... im at the end of my pregnancy as well and get pains like that too.
does it go away after a little while or if you move?

Jo - posted on 10/01/2009

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Sounds like what my wise and wonderful Mother, referred to as Pleurisy

check with your doctor. By the way, are you pregnant? If so, congradulations. Babies are gifts from God.

Kivashni - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hi there



I also get these stomach cramps on my upper right side of my stomach. It is very painful and I have to stretch out for it to release. I also spoke to my doctor and she could not find anything wrong. I went to a chiropractor and she advised after my c-section the muscles are very weak and I should start exercising that muscle and make it stronger. I had a c-section two years ago. Hope this helps you.

Caitelyn - posted on 09/30/2009

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I had this. it turned out that my son had actually cracked my rib when he got his foot stuck, and my muscle was becoming damaged from the fact that the rib hadnt been treated.

Carla - posted on 09/30/2009

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When does it happen and does it only hurt in your belly or more like up your side and under your boob. Have you had your gallbladder checked?

Joyce - posted on 09/30/2009

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Pain in the upper right abdomen could be several things. Pre-eclampsia sign and symptoms include high blood pressure, protein in the urine, swelling, especially in the upper body like hands and face, and sudden weight gain ( retained fluid). Other symptoms can include headache, visual changes and pain in the upper right abdomen.
On the other hand, gallbladder disease is not uncommon in pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones slow down the movement of bile through the gallbladder which can lead to stones or other problems. An ultrasound is safe in pregnancy, but not all gallbladder disease is related to stones and will not show up on an ultrasound. I would suggest eating smaller, more frequent meals that are low in fat. If the problem continues after the pregnancy, and if there are no stone, ask for the nuclear medicine test that measures the effectiveness of the contraction of the gallbladder. Dysfunctional contraction of the gallbladder can cause pain even when there are no stones. The cure is the same though- removal of the gallbladder. By the way, I was an OB nurse for 21 years.

Stacy - posted on 09/30/2009

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OK - I just had my 2nd child 6 months ago and I had the same problem. It just kept getting worse, no pain meds would help, and I was mis-er-a-ble! My OB-GYN checked everything, liver, gallbladder, lungs - you name it! As I continued to be in more and more pain she gave up and sent me to my regular Dr. My regular Dr. knew what it was right away, a pinched nerve! She gave me shots of, was it novacain, well, something like that, right where the pain was. No ill affect on the baby and great relief for me. I also begin seeing my chiropractor every couple of weeks to try to get my back in better alignment. That helped too! Good luck to you!

Jessica - posted on 09/30/2009

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I was having pains in that area and I ended up having to have my gall bladder removed. I would definitely have an ultrasound done.

hope this helps,

Jessica

Brandy - posted on 09/30/2009

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Could be your gallbladder. Sometimes pregnancy can effect the way your gall bladder works. Try to stay away from fatty and greasy foods and see if it helps. If it is usually accompanied by heartburn or acid reflux and gas, then that is probably what it is.

Julie - posted on 09/30/2009

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If this is pretty recent, I would check here: http://www.preeclampsia.org/symptoms.asp to make sure you don't have any other obvious symptoms of preeclampsia. I sat on my pain for a few days thinking it was just a normal pregnancy twinge or indigestion.
You can never be too sure, and doctors don't know everything! ;)

Sharon - posted on 09/29/2009

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I had bizarre twinges of pain all over my belly, through my hips and straight though my butt that were just bizarre and distinctly uncomfortable.



With the second baby there were fewer of those and with the third baby - next to none. so hang in there unless its unbearable or other symptoms develop!

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