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
Electrolyte Imbalance or Deficiency
Mineral imbalance in the body, like that of magnesium, potassium etc may give you flutters. These elements are essential for proper and systematized working of body muscles.
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.
Another event which may lead to electrolyte deficiencies is episodes of diarrhea or vomit tings. It’s essential to keep replenish your electrolyte stock side by side, when you have any of these conditions.
Lack of water in the body may make a group of muscles flutter.
Overuse of a muscle groups may make it twitch for some time. Just as, after running a lot, there are chances that the calf muscles may twitch. Similarly, if you overuse your waistline muscles, as in lifting weights, twisted movements, standing for long hours etc., you may see your abdominal muscles twitch.
Stress or anxiety is another cause giving such symptoms. Muscles are ultimately controlled by our brain via nerves. So, high levels of stress or prolonged stress may affect the way our brain works. Out of severe fatigue, brain tissue may start sending out nerve impulses erratically. These erratic impulses may give you twitches.
Such muscle twitches are termed as Nervous Ticks or Nervous Twitches. They may involve one or more group of muscles. Commonly, twitches may keep on shifting from one muscle group to another. Twitches may increase in frequency as the stress increases.
As stress reduces, these twitches subside on their own.
High Intake of Stimulants
Over consumption of stimulants, like tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks, may over-stimulate the brain tissues, giving you twitches or flutters.
Having more of gas or acid in your tummy may give you flutters. This is common in women who are dieting. Their tummy stays empty for long hours and more of gastric acid may get produced in the stomach. In such cases, they are likely to have other gastric symptoms, like acidity or nausea.
Note that these symptoms also occur in early pregnancy.
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.