Twitching in the abdomen


Lower abdomen twitches are usually caused by the contraction of individual muscle strands or entire muscle groups. They are usually not painful and cannot be influenced by the will. Mostly they arise from a short-term malfunction in the nervous system and disappear on their own. They can appear anywhere in the body. If the abdomen twitches, it can always be the muscles of the uterus, especially in women, that contract for a short time. This is why there is often a connection with menstrual bleeding or pregnancy.


A muscle twitch is an unconsciously controllable contraction of the muscles. The reasons for this are very diverse. In the vast majority of cases it is not dangerous and of no consequence. The most common causes at a glance:

  • Magnesium deficiency
  • period
  • pregnancy
  • Egg production

In addition to psychological causes such as emotional stress or stress, a lack of magnesium can also cause muscle twitching. In the case of muscle twitching in the abdomen, a gynecological cause can always play a role. A twitch in the abdomen before or during your period is particularly common. In most cases, this is not medically worrying. However, it can be very uncomfortable for the affected patient.

In addition, there are also diseases such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts or uterine inflammation that can cause the abdomen to twitch. Usually, however, severe pain develops over the course of the process. The beginning of pregnancy can also cause a twitch in the abdomen. We recommend that you see your gynecologist if there are any other signs of pregnancy, such as missed periods.

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Magnesium deficiency as the cause

In addition to stress and psychological stress factors, a frequent trigger for muscle twitching is a magnesium deficiency. Especially in people with an increased need for magnesium, e.g. Athletes or pregnant women, there may be a magnesium deficiency. Then it makes sense to first increase the magnesium intake through food. Legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils) contain a lot of magnesium. Sesame, pumpkin seeds and poppy seeds are also rich in magnesium. In addition, you can always take magnesium in the form of tablets or powder.

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Before or during your period

Twitching in the abdomen before and during your period is not uncommon. Many women are affected. These can often be accompanied by cramps or severe pain. In most cases, twitching in the abdomen during the menstrual period is harmless. However, these can be very distressing for the women affected. Warmth or the supply of magnesium often help.A visit to the gynecologist is still mandatory from time to time, after all, diseases such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts or inflammation of the uterus can be behind it.

Lower abdomen twitching during pregnancy

Abdominal muscle twitching may be more common during pregnancy. The main reason is the increased magnesium requirement. As already mentioned several times, magnesium plays a very important role in the development of muscle twitches and cramps. Therefore, a sufficient magnesium intake is particularly important during pregnancy. In most cases, a balanced diet is not enough to meet a pregnant woman's magnesium needs, so magnesium intake in the form of tablets or powder is recommended. Regular check-ups at the gynecologist should also be carried out.

Can this be an indication of egg implantation?

After the egg cell has been fertilized by a sperm, it migrates along the fallopian tube into the uterus, where it nests in the uterine lining. This is how the fertilized egg connects with the mother's organism. This usually happens without noticeable signs. However, some women report that they experienced the movements of the fallopian tube as twitching as the fertilized egg migrated. When the egg cells implant in the lining of the uterus, however, blood vessels can be injured and a brief implantation bleeding occurs.

Twitching in the man's abdomen

Muscle twitching is a common phenomenon all over the body. Muscle twitching in the lower abdomen is more common in women in connection with menstruation or pregnancy. In men, a twitch in the abdomen is rather rare. However, the causes for this are mostly harmless. The muscle twitching in the lower abdomen is most likely triggered by stress and psychological stress. But magnesium deficiency can also lead to these symptoms. Therefore, muscle twitches often occur after exercise when there is an increased need for magnesium. Therefore, if the lower abdomen twitches, you should first take magnesium. The symptoms usually improve on their own.

Concomitant symptoms

A sudden twitching in the lower abdomen caused by a muscle or a muscle group cannot be controlled and is caused by a malfunction of the associated nerve. In most cases this is absolutely harmless and happens without any accompanying symptoms. Especially in women, however, gynecological diseases such as uterine inflammation, endometriosis or cysts on the ovaries can also be behind it. In these cases, however, there is usually real pain or abdominal cramps. Intermenstrual bleeding can also occur as an accompanying symptom. In this case, a visit to the gynecologist is absolutely recommended. Most of the time, however, the cause is simply stress or psychological stress. It can be stated that muscle twitching without accompanying symptoms is rather harmless. However, if accompanying symptoms occur, you should urgently consult a doctor.

Therapy for twitching in the abdomen

A twitch in the abdomen is usually not dangerous and therefore does not need special treatment. Often there is stress or emotional stress behind it. Therefore, the muscle twitching usually disappears on its own without treatment. If a magnesium deficiency is the cause of the muscle twitching, one should first try to increase the magnesium intake in food. Magnesium can also be supplied in tablet or powder form. Here, too, the muscle twitching usually improves after a short time. For women, however, it makes sense to see a gynecologist if the abdomen has been twitching for a long time. There can always be serious gynecological diseases that need to be treated. This also applies to pregnant women. Basically, however, a twitch in the abdomen disappears by itself in the vast majority of cases even without therapy.

Prophylaxis of twitching

Muscle twitches are involuntary contractions of a muscle caused by a faulty impulse from the associated nerve. In addition to stress and emotional strain, a magnesium deficiency can also be the cause. Therefore, a sufficient supply of magnesium ensures that no muscle twitching occurs due to a magnesium deficiency. This is especially recommended during pregnancy. Other causes of muscle twitching are often unavoidable. Most of the time, the muscle twitching is also harmless and has no disease value.


If the abdomen twitches, we recommend that women see a gynecologist. This can rule out serious diseases in the area of ​​the female genital organs by means of a vaginal examination and / or ultrasound. In most cases, a twitch in the abdomen is actually harmless. Stress, emotional stress or a lack of magnesium are often triggering factors. If the man experiences twitches in the abdomen, the family doctor is the first point of contact. This will first conduct a medical history (anamnesis) and then a short physical examination.


Depending on the trigger, the twitching in the abdomen is very short-lived. If it occurs during pregnancy or before or after your menstrual period, you should see a gynecologist during the course of the procedure. Ultimately, of course, it can happen that the twitching occurs every now and then and then disappears again. As long as there are no other accompanying symptoms, however, a serious illness is not to be expected.