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.
Dehydration– Lack 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 disease– If 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.