Cramping in Early Pregnancy

Many women worry over cramping, which is sometimes experienced in early pregnancy. While cramping can signal that something is wrong, it is important to know that not all pains are bad during pregnancy.

Some cramping may occur as soon as the fertilized egg gets implanted in the uterus. This results in hormonal changes and a woman may begin to notice symptoms soon after fertilization.There are many women who do not even know that they are pregnant unless they have severe symptoms. Some of the symptoms along with cramping that can be seen in the early pregnancy are nausea, tiredness, sore breasts and pain in the stomach, which feels much like menstrual cramping. This pain in the stomach could be due to the stretching and loosening of the ligaments because of the growing uterus.

When Cramps are a Cause of Concern?

Strong cramps in early pregnancy can be a matter of concern if there has been a miscarriage in the past. Miscarriages affect women about 15% of the time, higher if miscarriage has happened before.
Consult a mid wife or doctor immediately if cramps occur with any of the following signs:

  • Tenderness in the lower portion of the belly.
  • Heavy bleeding like a heavy menstrual cycle
  • Continuous or irregular spotting, perhaps before cramping starts .
  • Severe pain that lasts for more than twenty-four hours
  • Dizziness.
  • Pink clots or gray colored tissue in the toilet
  • There is sharp pain on one side – this could signal an ectopic pregnancy where a fetus is in the fallopian tube and did not travel to the uterus

If the cramping is due to an ectopic pregnancy and the problem is not diagnosed quickly, the fallopian tube can split, resulting in internal bleeding, causing risk to mom and baby..

Pregnancy is a precious period and care must be taken to know the differences between the normal and abnormal signs of pregnancy.  When in doubt, call a doctor. It is better to be safe than to risk the life of the baby.

1 response to Cramping in Early Pregnancy

  1. I want to say thanks because now I feel better… I am five week was cramping really bad a four so I thought my period was starting. Then after few days I did test and know that I was pregnant. I have been bloated and crampy but now I am feeling normal.

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