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sharp stomach pains and very restless at night

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i am 35 weeks pregnant and I have been having sharp stomach pains and very restless at night for 24 hours what could this mean

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replied April 6th, 2014
Third Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A46581
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The abdominal cramps/uterine contractions that you describe could be due to exaggerated Braxton Hick’s contractions that can recur in late pregnancy. However, if symptoms are getting worse, or not getting controlled, chances of uterine hyperactivity, or infective cause should be ruled out. If the symptoms are due to uterine hyperactivity, then getting started on uterine relaxants would help to continue pregnancy smoothly. Visit your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for further evaluation and assistance. The exact cause can only be made out after careful and thorough evaluation. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you control the symptoms. Ultrasound scan done will also help to confirm the fetal wellbeing. Look out for danger signs like increase in intensity of abdominal cramps, increasing back pain, fresh bleeding etc. Drink plenty of water. Avoid straining for bowel movement/passing stools. Avoid use of caffeinated and carbonated beverages. Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
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