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Counties Manukau Health Birthing and Assessment (B & A)

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Pain when not in Labour

There are a few reasons why you might feel pain in pregnancy. When you come to B & A it is our job to find the cause of the pain. We will try to find out if it is:

  • Labour - this can happen before you reach the end of your pregnancy (premature). Babies who are born early can need lots of help at birth. If we know you are in premature labour we can prepare for the birth of your little babe
  • Urine infection - this can be really painful, often in your tummy but also in your back. We will do a urine test and may start you on antibiotics. If a urine infection is not treated it can lead to premature birth.  It can make you really sick and you may need to stay in hospital for a few days
  • Pelvis pain - often women come to us in pain and it is caused by pregnancy hormones making your pelvis move more. This is so that you are ready for labour but for some women it can really hurt. Your midwife can refer you to a physiotherapist to help manage this
  • An accident - if you have had a bump to the tummy we would like to see you. Let us check you and your baby are ok so you do not need to worry.

You need to be sure that your pain is not caused by a serious problem. Sometimes some exercises or a support belt for your tummy will be the help you need. Often the pain is one of the normal feelings you get as your body copes with carrying another person.  Whatever the reason we are here to help.

This page was last updated at 3:14PM on January 20, 2022.