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:
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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