Cramps are often the result of normal changes occurring during your unborn child’s development when you are expecting. In most cases, cramping is common during pregnancy, however, there are some instances when cramps and abdominal pain during pregnancy can be a concern. Although there is no symptom to detect early pregnancy, it is a symptom that comes with many pregnancies.
Reasons for cramps and abdominal pain during pregnancy
Cramping usually occurs when the uterus spreads because it supports the spread of the ligaments and muscles. It can be more noticeable when you during sneezing, coughing, or any situation like this.
The round ligament is a muscle that supports the uterus, and when it spreads, you may have a sharp, stab pain or a dull pain in your lower abdomen.
Cramping which is relatively minor and happens every time then there is probably nothing to be worried about it. Some additional reasons for general cramping in pregnancy include:
- Gas and Bloating
- Sexual intercourse
Prevention of cramps and abdominal pain during pregnancy
If you experience small cramping during pregnancy, then there are some things you can do to prevent and self-care:
- Try to sit down, lie down or change position
- Soak in hot bath
- Try to relax
- Place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the pain.
- Make sure you get lots of fluids
Critical Concerns during Pregnancy
While cramps may be normal, there are some serious causes of stomach ache during pregnancy:
- Ectopic pregnancy – This type of pregnancy occurs when fertilized egg transplant occurs outside the uterus. Ectopic pregnancy can lead to painful cramping and there is a serious medical condition that should be treated by your doctor.
- Abortion or miscarriage – Opening of the vagina with light or sharp spasms can be a sign of miscarriage. If you have severe spasms and/or heavy bleeding then contact the doctor immediately.
- Preeclampsia – It is characterized by high blood pressure in your urine with proteins. Severe preeclampsia can cause severe pain in your upper abdomen.
- Preterm Labor – Increased pressure, abdominal pain, and cramping may indicate labour if your cervix begins to spread before 37 weeks.
- Urinary tract infections – The symptoms of urinary tract infections can be abdominal pain and painful cramps.
- Placental abruption – This occurs when the placenta is separated from the uterus before the baby is born. It is a life-threatening condition and it can be overcome by painful decay which does not go away. If this happens, you should contact your doctor immediately.
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