Why pulls the lower abdomen at 36 weeks of pregnancy and what should I do?

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Last reviewed: 25.06.2018

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With the arrival of the 36th week pregnant women may have clear or semitransparent discharge, heaviness in the lower back, and abdominal pain that have the character of pulling.

Causes of the pulling sensations in the abdomen at 36 weeks gestation

It should immediately draw the attention of pregnant women to the fact that pain with a pulling character, which can appear in late pregnancy, is quite frequent. So do not worry right away.

This may be a consequence of an increase in the size of the uterus, and this increases the pressure on the internal organs, which are located next door. The stomach is gradually growing, which means that the center of gravity is changing, as is the background of female hormones, the joints are relaxed. All this becomes the cause of the appearance of unpleasant pain of a pulling character in the pubis, hips, abdomen and waist.

Since 35 weeks of pregnancy a woman can develop, or sharpen hemorrhoids, which can cause such unpleasant sensations.

Sometimes such a pain can appear after the so-called "training fights". In this case, the pain is sudden and short-lived.

If the pain constantly increases or other accompanying symptoms appear, it is best to contact your attending obstetrician-gynecologist.

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Symptoms of the pulling sensations in the abdomen at 36 weeks gestation

The most frequent symptom that occurs in pregnant women at the end of the period of bearing a baby is pain, which strongly resembles discomfort before menstruation. Do not worry about it, if the pain is tolerable and you do not have bleeding. The fact that the child is growing, during this period, his head is at the bottom, so the woman has a feeling of overflow of the stomach.

Sometimes the pulling pain in the lower abdomen also radiates into the lower back, it does not go away even after sleeping or resting in the supine position, lasting several days in a row. In this case, it is best to consult a doctor, as this may indicate a lack of water, and if the vaginal discharge is attached, premature birth.

Painful sensations can appear suddenly and pass just as quickly, but remain tolerable enough. Lumbar region, pelvic area, pubic area can also be sore.

Pulls the waist and abdomen at 36 weeks gestation

In addition to the lower abdomen, pain can also appear in the lower back. It is very important for a pregnant woman not to panic in this case, since nervous overexertion can have a bad effect on health. This pain is directly related to all those changes that occur in the body of a woman. In addition, among the most common causes of such pains can be identified as follows:

  1. Cold or other infectious diseases. Especially often the loin hurts in the event that it blew.
  2. Hormonal reorganization during pregnancy can cause such unpleasant sensations.
  3. Due to weight gain, the load on the back is increased.
  4. If a pregnant woman walks a lot or is long standing it can lead to pain.
  5. If you already had problems with the lower back, after the thirty-sixth week of pregnancy they can get worse.

Complications and consequences

Sometimes the pain in the lower abdomen can cause more serious problems. For example, if the uterus is in a tonus, which is undesirable for pregnancy at a later date, since there is oxygen starvation of the fetus, which can lead to a delay in the development of the unborn child.

Elevated uterine tone can also cause premature birth. If the pain is accompanied by smearing blood, this may indicate a detachment of the placenta, which can be unsafe for the child.

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Treatment of the pulling sensations in the abdomen at 36 weeks gestation

The pulling pain in the lower abdomen after the thirty-fifth week of pregnancy can be caused by a variety of reasons, therefore for conducting pregnancy at this time should be carried out under the strict supervision of an obstetrician-gynecologist. If you feel the growing pain, it's best to lie down and rest a little. Most often after rest, unpleasant sensations pass. If this does not help, you need to visit your gynecologist or call an ambulance.


In late pregnancy (starting at week 36), a woman is already allowed to take certain medications. Drawing pain in the lower abdomen can be alleviated with the help of no-shpa.

But-shpa is a medicinal product from the group of antispasmodics based on the active ingredient drotaverina hydrochloride. It is forbidden to take with liver failure, heart failure, severe kidney failure, lactose intolerance, intolerance of the drug components.

Take 120-240 mg of the drug two or three times in 24 hours. At a time you can drink no more than 80 mg of the drug. May cause heart palpitations, headaches, nausea, insomnia, constipation, allergic reactions.


Typically, the pulling pains in the lower abdomen appear in all pregnant women at the end of the term. This means that the delivery will begin soon. Therefore, one should not be afraid of such a state. In order to reduce pain, you can consult your doctor. Usually women are engaged in special light physical exercises, eat right, walk or take prescribed gynecologic drugs.

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In most cases, the prognosis is favorable, since the pulling pains appear due to the increase in the uterus and the development of the fetus. But nevertheless it is necessary to address to the doctor to exclude an opportunity of early sorts.


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