Pregnancy Cramps

Pregnancy cramps are very common during pregnancy. These cramps can be the sign of a major problem or it could be just the uterus stretching. You have to be very careful during pregnancy as many possible conditions can appear.

Gestational hypertension is one of the most common that can appear in the later stage of pregnancy. Fortunately this condition normally disappears after the baby is born. Other conditions that might appear during pregnancy are gestational diabetes, anemia, asthma, eating disorders, etc. You have to pay attention to any sign that might appear during your pregnancy in order to prevent any complication.

Most women experience pregnancy cramps early in their pregnancy. They usually get very worried and start thinking it might be a sign of miscarriage. The good news is that most of the time those early cramps are nothing to fear. The early cramps are normally related to ovulation. Implantation generally occurs approximately 9 days after the ovulation. Implantation cramping occurs when the egg attaches itself to the uterus. Another possible cause for the cramps occurs as the uterus start to stretch and expand in order to prepare the body for the baby. Cramping can be felt on the legs, stomach and many other parts.

Spotting during early pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy can also be the cause of cramps. This condition is dangerous and must be treated immediately by a doctor. Abdominal pain and bleeding are the main warning signs of this condition. Cramps alone are not usually dangerous but if bleeding is involved go to your doctor as soon as you can.

The typical cause for the cramps is the stretching of the ligaments that sustain the uterus.

As the baby grows and develops the strain on the ligaments is going to be greater and the cramps are going to feel stronger. Once the baby has grown enough the pelvic bone might offer some support and relieve some of the cramps. Later in the pregnancy the Braxton Hicks contractions might appear. These contractions usually happen in the second or third trimester. These pregnancy cramps are quite irregular. In this stage the body is preparing for the delivery and will continue with the contractions. Each of those can last up to 2 minutes.

There are some ways to relieve the pain from the contractions:

One way to prevent cramps is to avoid any sudden position changes. Another thing you can do is to stretch regularly. Keep in mind that any type of exercise that requires lying down or put pressure in the stomach area can be dangerous for the baby.


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