pregnancy, it is common for women to experience many physical and mental changes. All pregnant women will get a growing and protruding abdomen. In the second trimester of your pregnancy, the uterus is already halfway through and will be stuck between the pelvic bone and the navel.

It is possible that more of the uterus develops in size and will eventually begin to press on the abdominal wall and thus, give a hard feeling. As time passed, abdominal hardness became normal. This condition occurs because most women are pregnant. There is nothing to worry about women as pregnant will have a hard stomach during pregnancy.

Do not feel surprised if you get a hard feeling around the abdomen, this is due to the enlarged uterus. For some people, the condition can occur early after the completion of 12 weeks of pregnancy.

But the hard stomach during pregnancy depends on the type of body of the person. Sometimes, extreme violence can cause a lot of unnecessary mental distress for most pregnant women. You may even feel moody and unable to concentrate on anything.

These are some of the emotions that you will face while pregnant. If you are mentally disturbed due to discomfort, then seek prenatal treatment immediately. There are several causes why pregnant women face abdominal hardening in the second trimester (during the 21st week) of pregnancy. Here’s an explanation.



1. Uterus

The baby grows in the uterus, which is placed in the pelvic cavity between the bladder and rectum. The waist will expand after the baby and uterus begin to grow larger.

The main cause of hard stomach during pregnancy is that the uterus begins to apply pressure on the abdomen and tends to expand. In fact, this occurs during the first trimester when the uterus begins to stretch.

In addition, when the baby grows during the second trimester, the volume of water in the abdomen will increase. This will eventually lead to a hard stomach.

2. Fetal skeleton develops

Typically, pregnant women tend to experience excessive symptoms of violence after the second trimester because then that fetal skeleton develops and expands at the same time. The abdomen becomes hard after the bones in the baby’s body begin to form.

This is one of the reasons why the stomach becomes more difficult. On the other hand, the stomach will still go rock hard towards the end of pregnancy.

3. Wrinkle Marks

Most pregnant women will also go through severe abdominal pain during this time and it will only get lower after delivery. If the pain occurs in the third trimester, it is quite normal as this problem occurs only when the uterus expands due to the growth of the baby.

If you are constantly getting pain, then seek prenatal treatment. And more importantly, another cause of hardening is due to the formation of wrinkles. Wrinkle marks can be removed by gently massaging the abdominal area with topical vitamin A cream.

4. Constipation

Another cause of hard stomach intake is poor food intake and inappropriate food habits such as eating too fast. When you consume fast food, it is possible that you suffer from constipation. Constipation is also another common cause of difficult stomachs for pregnant women.

Even consuming soft drinks and other beverages can cause hardening and pain in the abdominal area. To avoid some digestive problems, pregnant women should consume high fiber foods.

5. Braxton Hicks Contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions are common in the second and third trimesters are also responsible for abdominal tightening. These contractions are often referred to as ‘fake childbirth’ and they are known to prepare the body for actual or ‘true labor’.

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True labor pain or contractions come periodically and rhythmically in nature. Try to record the frequency of contractions and their duration as well. This information is very helpful for doctors.

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