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Serious conditions related to a pregnancy

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im 20 weeks pregnant and today i started to get a pain in my lower abdomen on my right side and alot of discharge. i can feel my baby kicking and moving but the pain feels like im going to start my period. i had my 20 week scan 2 days and everything was fine . i was just wondering what it was as its been 4 hours and the pain hasnt gone?

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replied August 26th, 2009
Second Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A7145

According to the data you reported (pregnancy, pain in lower abdomen, a lot of discharge, baby kicking), you are advised to visit a gynecologist or emergency medical service as soon as possible.

It is hard to say what caused the pain and the discharge without at least a physical examination, but there might be certain conditions that might endanger the pregnancy. It is very important if the discharge is actually bleeding, because it might indicate a serious condition. The blood might originate from a ruptured placenta (when the placenta is detached from the uterine wall), ruptured blood vessel, or uterine rupture. All these conditions might become life-threatening if not treated on time.

Actually, every bleeding in pregnancy (no matter the quantity) is considered serious until proven otherwise.

On the other hand, the discharge might be mucous and might be related to a genital infection.

You might want to visit a gynecologist or an emergency medical service to check the baby and the pregnancy and to rule out any possible complications.

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