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Shooting stomach pains during pregnancy

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I am 24 weeks pregnant and having shooting pains in my stomach and lower abdominal and discharge. What is going on?

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replied January 11th, 2010
Pregnancy Q and A Answer A9025

Shooting pains in the stomach and the lower abdomen in the 24th gestational week might be related to common problems like cystitis, for example. Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder. The growing uterus in pregnant women puts pressure on the bladder. It might cause leaking in certain women, but others might experience decreased urination frequency. This helps the bacteria to multiply, because the flushing mechanism during urination is missing.

The cystitis usually manifests itself with burning sensations during urination, but pain in the lower abdomen might also be present. Other causes for pain in the lower abdomen in pregnancy might include stretching of the ligaments that support the uterus. If there is a bloody discharge, the pain might be related to a miscarriage and need immediate health care.

The discharge might be related to vaginal fungal infection. The vaginal juices are changed due to the pregnancy, and cannot prevent the growth of fungi as effective as before.

You might want to visit your gynecologist for a vaginal swab and a urine culture. These would determine the causes and the most effective treatment.

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