Kicking Movements in Lower Abdomen Without Being Pregnant

These may be muscle fasciculations. This means, abnormal firing of muscle fibers. A particular group of muscles may show such an abnormal firing pattern. This is quite commonly seen. There are many reasons why this happens, as listed below.

However, since this is an early sign of pregnancy, rule out pregnancy first.

Muscle Twitches in Early Pregnancy

Fluttering movements in your lower abdomen area, the region where your ovaries, tubes and uterus reside, is a very common sign of early pregnancy. So, if you have this symptom, go for a pregnancy test first.

If you keep getting flutters in your tummy and pregnancy test is negative, it is recommended that you wait for some time and repeat the test.

This is because the test is based upon the levels of your pregnancy hormones, which may take time to get produced. So, if done very early, the test may show negative results. A repeat test after some days could show positive.

Other Causes of Muscle Twitching

Mineral imbalance in the body, like magnesium, potassium etc. Sometimes our diet is not able to provide us the essential minerals on a daily basis. This happens if you’re not eating well for some time, may be less of fruits and vegetables. Since muscles require them for a proper functioning, their deficiency may result in twitching of few muscle groups.

DehydrationLack of water in the body may make a group of muscles flutter.

Overuse of that muscle groups. Fatigue is a common cause. Just as after running a lot, there are chances that the calf muscles may twitch. Similarly, you might have overused your waistline muscles, as lifting weights, twisted movements, standing for long hours etc.

Stress or anxiety may give such symptoms. Muscles are ultimately controlled by our brain via nerves. So, high stress levels affected the brain may give such symptoms.

Having more of gas or acid in your tummy may give you flutters. This is common in women you are dieting. Their tummy stays empty for long hours and more of gastric acid may get produced in the stomach. In such cases, you are likely to have other gastric symptoms like acidity or nausea. Note that these symptoms also occur in early pregnancy.

Neurological diseaseIf you feel this twitching is spreading to other muscle groups too, or there is no improvement in your twitching after a couple of days,you may go for a check up to a neurologist. It may be some nerve problem, that requires a check up for diagnosis.


  • Relax yourself, both mentally and physically.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Go for a pregnancy test to rule out this common cause.
  • You may start taking any over the counter multi mineral and multivitamin supplementation for some time.
  • Keep observing if any other group of muscles, besides abdominal, are also showing such a behavior.

You should improve in a couple of weeks. Repeat the pregnancy test after 7 to 10 days, if required.

If you feel this twitching is not improving, you may go for a check up to a neurologist for evaluation.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Feeling Like Stomach Twitching While Not Pregnant

  1. Renee

    Hello, I am a 29 y/o Female. Same problem, right upper quadrant twitching.

    I am not pregnant but on prednisone for about 5 days for allergies. I did drink moonshine 2 days ago.

    I was hoping it was not my liver.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Most likely, they are nothing but muscle twitches. They usually occur due to loss of potassium.

      Your allergy medication, prednisone, is adding up to this potassium loss.

      It is unlikely to be a liver problem. Liver problems usually present as systemic symptoms like jaundice or disturbed digestion.

      Just follow the management mentioned above for relief.

  2. Amanda

    I have the exact thing going on. Mine has been happening for about 6 months now. Once I put my hand on my stomach like I would while I was pregnant and I felt it twice on my actual hand. I was almost certain I was pregnant so I took 2 tests despite having regular periods. Both came out negative. Then when I had 2 episodes of serious cramps, not while on my period, that felt like I was having a contraction, I called and had a pelvic ultrasound scheduled. Everything came back normal though. I have also been having bad back pains since only 2 months pregnant, so since may 2013. Seemed like just sciatic pain, but now it’s also on my mid back, lower, butt, hips and front part of my pelvic bone. I went to my family doctor but he said he can’t prescribe anything besides ibuprofen since I’m nursing still. He also didn’t want to do an x-ray yet for some unknown reason. After that was when I went to my ob then got the pelvic ultrasound. Does anyone know what could be happening to my stomach as well as my back, hips and pelvic bone? I don’t want to just be put on medication because I’d rather not have to take anything. All I want is the problem to be found and for it to be taken care of and gone. I’m tired of barely being able to pick up my daughter some days and then even almost falling while holding her sometimes. It’s scary and I just don’t understand why I can’t get the help I feel I really need.

  3. Rachael

    This is pretty weird but I am actually only 15 and expiriance these weird twitching movements in the lower part of my stomach, am i going to die? (I might be over reacting) but I get pretty worried, sometimes it only occurs for a few minutes but now it’s becoming more open and happening more often. What can I do to control it? I’m still so young..

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Well, they may be your bowel movements.

      Such movements may be more when you are without food for a long time or so.

  4. Nargiii Yee

    Hello Doctor Buddy,
    I’ve been experiencing very similar symptoms. My upper ab area has been twitching for the past couple weeks from what I can remember. I’ve been eating healthy and working out each muscle group every other day and taking 2 days off during the week. Although, I must admit, I have been working out the abdomen area roughly around 3 days a week (in between days off of course ) and I’ve been the most dedicated I’ve ever been. My diet has been the most strict as well. I had set a goal 6 years ago and initially started my journey but have recently gotten complete control of what I need to do exactly. My body is transforming. I’m almost 100% sure that’s a big contribution to the cause but If you would ever so kindly give me your professional feedback 🙂 I’d appreciate it. Thank You in Advance Dr. B take care??

  5. Stephanie

    I had a baby 7 months ago by a normal birth. The last 7 days i have bein havein twitches in my abdominal area i am not pregnant as i am on the pill i have done 2 tests both negative. I only did the tests because the twitching really freaking me out. I do suffer from irritable bowel syndrome wen i was pregnant my ibs calmed down lots but recently i have bein havin flair ups. Could this be all conected to my ibs.

  6. Kumbie

    I am 30 years old , I had my daughter at 27 on c- section. I some movements in my stomach I can feel them even by hand or by looking on my tummy . I also experience some pain on my back lower butt . My periods are not normal in a way that the days has been reduced from 6 to 7 to 2 to 3 and the kind of blood ,it’s less flow , it come in clots and it bright red like if it drops on a cloth the normal blood goes in the middle and the coloured water will be around it. What coil this be ????,please help!!!!! Thank you.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It’s normal for the menstrual patternto shrink from 6-7 days to a 2-3 day schedule. Also, the kind of flow, as you say, may alter. However, you should still be getting menses regularly.

      Are you getting your menses every month? Any spotting or discharge in between?

      The tummy feels may be gas, unlikely to be uterine. Uterine wall movements are perceived as crampy pains.

  7. Delorse

    Hi, I am 52 yrs old will be 53 this year. Last year 2016, I miss period in July came on heavy in August for 7 full days period been skipping around months at time. All prego test up until September 2016 was negative, hot flashes horrible. Its July of 2017 and I had full period in June 2017 and I feel flutters, movements and gas….no weight gain butt bloated qt times.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Appears normal. This happens as you head towards menopause.

      Inform if you have any pain, pressure, spotting in between periods etc.

  8. Rachel

    Hi i feel baby kicks on the left abdominal they last for few minutes and start over and over again and if for five dsys now but i hv no symptoms of pregnancy,i am worried because i was on depo for a year and skipped it for 3 month and a year without seeing my periods even now pls help i have a three years old bby boy by c_section pls tel me whats wrong

  9. Monica Goodwyn

    I’ve also been experiencing these pregnancy-feeling flutters in the ULQ area, they’re sometimes visible, happening every other day or so, sometimes daily. I am 43, overweight, had appendectomy and hernia repair last year, hx of 2 c-sections ( 18 and 25 years ago). Been on Depo shot over 2 years, had failed back surgery, multiple procedures for back. Was on oral pain meds for many years. Currently weaned off pain meds and got a morphine pump. Also, have reversed curvature of the c-spine. Recent labs showed vitamin D deficiency, extremely high level of vitamin B, and post menopausal. Hypothyroidism is under control, also on blood pressure medicine. Yes, this is A LOT of info, sorry!! I have a few issues! Oh, most importantly, been abstinent for two years so NO CHANCE of pregnancy!!! Should I be concerned about these strange feelings in my upper abdomen? THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!!

  10. Lilly TJ

    I feel movements in my stomach on the right hand side,my periods are normal pregnancy test are nagative. Always having infection every 3 months. I have swollen legs,chest pains,vomiting,running stomach,loss of apetite but gaining too much weight.

  11. Meera

    When we having sex I have pain in lower stomach and from last 3/4 days my stomach running suddenly and today morning it’s like jumped 3 times when I was slept and I wake up suddenly.

  12. Helene

    Hi, I’ve had 2 children via C-section. Since having my son 2 years ago I’ve experienced intermittent pain in my RUQ. Also I’ve had the sensations as some people mentioned above- similar to when I was pregnant with the feeling of a baby’s foot or a fist in my rib cage while in utero. Sharp pains in upper right quadrant that sometimes feel like a spasm. I am definitely not pregnant. Certain movements can sometimes increase pain (bending forward) but sometimes I can be sitting back and have sharp pains as well. It’s gotten worse over the past year and I mention to my doctor. She ordered an ultrasound so will see what happens with that. I have never experienced a regular mentrual cycle either… not every month. And since the last csection I have diastasis recti in my abdomen (lower and central around my navel and not the area where the pain is located).
    This last c section was really rough. I am an ideal weight for my height. Maybe 5lbs overweight and have had a bloated look that hasn’t gone away at all since I had my son 2.5 years ago.
    Interested in anything you may have to share. Thank you.

      1. Helene

        I’ve had IBS in and off for many years. However, I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy done in February. The only found one polyp and came back ok. Everything else was fine.

        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          You need an ultrasound for diagnosis. Your internal structures need to be visualized. Any one of them may be swollen, that’s giving you thees symptoms.

  13. Anonymous

    I am 30 yrs.old I have been having what feels like a baby moving all around my abdominal and back. Im still having my regular mus. And spotting in between some times its a brownish purple reddish color and some time not all the time after me and my husband are intimate. IIt’s been over 9years since I had my last kid and since I had a tubal ligation. I have had pain twice during intercourse but it felt as if something is being push inside and after I feel movement and pressure but it goes away after it feel like I found some where to rest on my back or hips. I keep having negative pregnancy test I don’t know what it can be can you please help!!! Very worried.

  14. Anonymous

    Forgot to mention I also had my appendix taken out two months into my last pregnancy and I have also been gaining and losing weight every month it has been up and down. I have been taking multivitamins on a daily basis… just wondering what could be wrong with me

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Since there are menstrual disturbances as well, it’s better to visit a gyne for diagnosis. There could be some abnormal growth or mass inside. Diagnosis may require an ultrasound.

  15. joan

    I’m feeling twitching in my lower right abdomen, I was on depo for 3 months up until Sept and never went back on as I had been bleeding and spotting for the entirety of those 3 months. The last time I had intercourse was August and I took a test and it said inconclusive a repeated number of times. Does this symptom have to do with depo or could I be pregnant?

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You’ll need to repeat the pregnancy test. It’s better to go for a blood test to check HCG levels.

  16. Allison

    I’m 35 and I have twitching on the left side of my stomach. It starts low and sometimes goes up to my belly button. It doesn’t hurt but it’s annoying. Sometimes it feel like a little tightening of the muscle. Sometimes I can visibly see it and sometimes I can’t. It’s been happening for a week. I have a lot of anxiety and tend to experience other muscle twitching but the abdomen is new. I hate to keep going to the doctor as it’s a waste of money and time and there’s usually nothing wrong with me but of course I’m always worried about weird stuff I feel in my body. Should I go see my doctor? My boyfriend says it’s just part of getting older and he feels “weird” things in his body all the time. I was thinking of waiting another week to see if it calms down on its own and if not then make an appointment. I don’t know…I’m tired of this anxiety

    1. Allison

      I have been more bloated than usual with some loose stools but it’s hard to know if that’s just stress/anxiety induced. I’m healthy and have no other health issues besides anxiety and HPV. Thanks!

    2. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Anxiety is, by far, the commonest cause of muscle twitching. Are you taking any pill to control it?

      In your case, other causes may be too much of exercises or work involving the abdominal muscles, or mineral deficiency it diet.

  17. Catalina

    Hi there I have been feeling movement in my mid abdomen area for about 1 month now! I do have an IUD placed, but this feels just like when I was a few weeks pregnant with my daughter, I have also experienced tenderness in my breast as well as color change to nipple, I did take a pregnancy test 3 weeks ago and negative, I also have felt super tired and craving things I usually don’t eat, I did start taking multi vitamins thought my body was screaming for them but nothing has changed. I was thinking maybe parasites or worms? Can you please give me your professional advice? Thanks in advance.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It’s common to be calcium deficient after delivering and nursing babies. You may git your ca levels checked up.

      Calcium- vitamin D supplement may be needed.

  18. Nay

    Hi Buddy

    I am 23 years old, I have left the pill in August as I wanted to try for a baby, I had my last period on the 19th of October, I am now 7 days late and everyday feeling movements in my tumi.. I feel extremely bloated.
    im not sure if im late because with the last period I actually bled for 10days straight. maybe im late because my body is still adjusting to the normal hormones (ive been on the pill since the age of 13)

    do you think this lateness is normal?
    I took a test on Sunday and was negative.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The lateness is normal. This happens with most after leaving the pill. You need to be patient for a few cycles till your periods become more predictable and regular.

  19. jennlynn

    I’ve had regular periods. except one was over week late. I’ve been really tired, and been having baby movement like symptoms in my stomach. I can even follow it with my eyes. my husband has be cut and burned back in 2012. but these movement feelings feel so real

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      As you may read above, there can be other reasons, apart from pregnancy, for having such feelings. Stress and mineral imbalances are the commonest and often ignored reasons.

      Do you have twitches in any other muscle group of your body, like legs, eyes etc.?


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