What Does Movement In Lower Abdomen Indicate?

Usually, tugs and turns, push and plucks can make your belly feel all sorts of sensations regularly. Most of them are entirely natural, but sometimes, one may experience an unusual movement. The obvious reasons for feeling some movement in your lower abdomen can be due to pregnancy. Other than pregnancy, there could be other reasons because of which one experiences movement in lower abdomen-

  • Indigestion
  • Ovulation
  • Muscle spasms
  • Phantom kicks
  • Allergic reaction
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Diverticulitis

Movement in lower abdomen on pregnancy

Women, during pregnancy, experience movements in lower abdomen. As the baby grows in the womb, it makes certain movements which can be experienced by the mother. These movements or sensations felt by the mother during pregnancy is termed as quickening. 

 A mother may start to experience such movements during the second trimester, i.e. between 16-25 week of gestation. By the time the third trimester begins, a mother starts to experience regular movements, but it can vary from person to person.

Movements in the abdomen you may feel when pregnant-

  • movements of baby’s hiccup
  • when the baby rotates
  • when the baby stretches its limbs
  • when the baby kicks
  •  when the baby flexes

When should a doctor be consulted during pregnancy

Movement in lower abdomen is most likely to happen when you are pregnant. However, sometimes these movements or sensations may indicate a possible problem. If one experiences such symptoms, they must consult the doctor and not wait for till their next appointment-

  • severe diarrhoea
  • chronic, severe headaches 
  • dizziness or fainting
  • a fever higher than 100°F (37°C)
  • swelling in your hands, face, or fingers
  • feeling pain or burning while urinating or having problems urinating
  • vaginal bleeding
  • cracked and bleeding nipples
  • unusual vaginal discharge, such as a grey or white discharge that smells foul
  • blurred vision or seeing spots in your eyes
  • pain in your arms, chest, or legs

Movements in lower abdomen when not pregnant

movement in lower abdomen

People also complain of movements in the lower abdomen, even though they are not pregnant. there could be several reasons for it-


The food that we eat, moves through the digestive tract causing some movement through the stomach and intestine. One may be able to experience these movements in their stomach, immediately after having food or after a few hours.


Indigestion is also known as dyspepsia causes a burning sensation, bloating, heartburn, stomach pain, gas, nausea. One might experience a gnawing sensation in the stomach, which happens due to the movements of muscles. Indigestion can be treated at home.

 Antacids prove to be beneficial for the treatment of indigestion, but if one continues to experience indigestion for a longer period along with vomiting, black stool or sudden weight loss, a doctor must be consulted. 


Women, at times, may experience some movement in lower abdomen during their menstrual cycle. during menstruation, cramps make your muscles tighter, which results in a variety of sensations, which can be experienced by a woman. While ovulating, women may also experience some jumps or pops movement in their lower abdomen. This happens when the ovary stretches to release the egg, though such sensations are temporary and may not be experienced by all the women.

Muscle spasm

People at times can experience muscle spasms or twitch in their eyebrows, arms, legs, etc. one may also be able to experience muscle spasm in their lower abdomen. These movements can be a sign of nerve damage, strain, overuse of muscle or dehydration. Muscle spasms do not usually need any kind of treatment and are generally cured on their own, but in case, one continues to experience regular twitching or spasms, they must consult a doctor.

Phantom kicks

This may be experienced by women who delivered a child recently. Women often experience sensations as if the baby is still inside the womb. This usually happens with women post-delivery but some may even experience it years later. Phantom kicks may also be experienced by women who have had an abortion or miscarriage.

Allergic reactions

At times, we may experience twitching or movement in the lower abdomen due to some allergic reaction caused in the digestive tract because of something we ate. This is not usually experienced by people and can indicate celiac disease or abnormal reaction to gluten. eating gluten-free food may benefit from reducing or eliminating such movements and the associated symptoms of celiac disease. The symptoms are as follows-

• Bloating or pain in the abdomen

• Diarrhea 

• constipation

• vomiting

weight loss

Intestinal obstruction

Sometimes, the digestive tract through which the chewed food passes to the intestine may be blocked. This blockage may be temporary. In such a situation, one may experience muscle spasms or movement in lower abdomen. An intestinal obstruction requires immediate medical attention as none of the home remedies may prove to be effective in such a situation, and only a doctor and medication will help to treat this condition.

There are certain symptoms related to intestinal obstruction-

  • vomiting
  • severe bloating
  • constipation
  • nausea
  • abdominal swelling
  • inability to pass gas or stool


This is a condition in which our digestive tract is affected. It may results in symptoms like constipation, bloating, diarrhoea. One may also experience cramps and movement in lower abdomen. If diverticulitis is not treated, it may cause the following symptoms-

  • constant pain in the abdomen
  • nausea and vomiting
  • bleeding from the rectum
  • blood in stools

In case one experiences such symptoms, they must consult a doctor. It is not common to feel movements in the lower abdomen. Jolts and jabs can be caused by a foetus. It may also be the result of normal digestion, ovulation or muscle spasms. A more severe condition such as intestinal obstruction is not a normal cause of abdominal movement.

 If your belly has a chronic sensation of motion or if you begin to develop more symptoms, always approach a doctor.  If indigestion is the outcome, a physician will help you find a cure. If something else induces sensation, medication may help prevent symptoms from deteriorating the situation.

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