Experiencing cramps while pregnant can be a cause of alarm to expecting mothers. The cramping can vary from mild to severe, but are just often a sign of the stretching and growing uterus. However, there are cases in which cramping may be caused by a serious problem. So, should you be concerned if you experience cramps? Here are some of the common causes of cramps so you can decide whether they are normal or if they need more attention.
First Trimester Cramps
Implantation Cramps If you experience cramping 8 to 10 days after ovulation, you may be experiencing cramping as a result of implantation.
Stretching Uterus Another cause of cramps in the first trimester can be the stretching and expanding uterus. The pain occurs when the ligaments that support your uterus stretch. Don’t worry! Your body is only preparing itself for your growing baby.
Miscarriage If you experience cramping accompanied by spotting or bleeding, you should contact your health care provider immediately. This is a possible warning sign of miscarriage. However, spotting or bleeding does not always indicate a miscarriage, some women with bleeding during their first trimester continue to have healthy, happy babies! But with every bleeding, you should always inform your doctor.
Ectopic Pregnancy Cramps in the first trimester can indicate an ectopic pregnancy. It is serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. As soon as you experience cramping accompanied by spotting or bleeding, and abdominal pain on one side, contact your health care provider.
Other causes of cramping during early pregnancy include gas pains and constipation.
Second or Third Trimester Cramps
Round Ligament Pain Round ligament pain is a mild pain often experienced during the second and third trimester. It occurs as the uterus continues to stretch and grow, pulling on the ligaments of the abdomen and pelvis.
Preterm Labour If you experience cramping accompanied by back pain and mild to severe diarrhoea, and you haven’t reached 37 completed weeks, you may be having preterm labour. Immediately contact your health care provider or go to the hospital.
Braxton Hicks Contractions You may experience cramping caused by irregular, intermittent, ‘practice’ contractions.
Early labour If you are close to your due date, cramping and back pain are common symptoms of early labour.
Since it can be hard to differentiate normal pregnancy cramping from a warning sign, it is best to discuss any cramps during pregnancy with your health care provider.
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