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I am 6 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child and sleeping is already impossible. Not because insomnia, frequent urination, or anything like that... But because when I lay down on either of my sides, even with a pillow between my legs and under my tummy, I get cramping and mild pain. It feels like a lot of pressure on my tummy. These pains are similar to menstrual cramps. Is this normal? I remember feeling this way in my third trimester of my last pregnancy, but why I am feeling like this so early only in this pregnancy? I know my dates are correct, and that I am in fact 6 weeks along. I try to go to sleep on my back with my head propped up on pillows, but I always wake up on my side in pain. Any suggestions?


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replied May 12th, 2010
First Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A12022
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Since you are finding it painful to sleep at 6 weeks pregnancy and no position brings comfort to you, I suggest you ask your doctor for a transvaginal ultrasound to rule out ectopic pregnancy. If earlier you had any abdominal or pelvic surgery then the pain could be due to adhesions.

Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your gynecologist once. Hope this helps. Take care!



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