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a very sharp pain in one side of my lower abdomen?

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i am 31 weeks pregnant. last night i awoke with a very sharp pain in one side of my lower abdomen which lasted for a couple of minutes and I could not move. today I have been experiencing period-like pain in the same place. what could this be?

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replied July 6th, 2011
Third Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A24767
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It is difficult to comment on your symptoms without examining you. Do not ignore your symptoms. Visit your gynecologist/obstetrician at the earliest for examination and further evaluation to look for uterine contractions/activity and fetal wellbeing. If uterus is found to be active and having contractions, then you might need to be started on uterine relaxants to continue pregnancy smoothly. Be in regular follow-up and monitoring with your treating gynecologist/obstetrician. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet. Avoid any heavy work. Avoid having intercourse. Avoid lifting heavy objects and climbing stairs or standing for long periods of time.
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