Cramping During Pregnancy

Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but many parents suffer from cramping during pregnancy. In fact, many parents are extremely concerned whenever this happens but most of the times there is nothing to worry about unless it is severe cramps.¬† It is most definitely normal to have cramps during pregnancy. During pregnancy, your body is constantly changing and adapting to your baby and eventually getting your body ready for labor. This cramping is not related to your period but is directly correlated to your baby and your body. It’s important to understand why you may be cramping during pregnancy, how to relieve cramping during pregnancy, and most importantly what to do when cramping during pregnancy happens.

Causes of Cramping during Pregnancy

The following are causes of cramping during early pregnancy:

Uterine Stretching: When your body prepares for a baby, your uterus needs to expand in order to accommodate  for your baby and thus cramping during pregnancy may occur. In more depth, the uterus consists of many muscles and hormones that are sent to the uterus cause the muscles to expand. Along with this, the ligaments that support the uterus must expand with it as well. This may cause mild cramping during pregnancy.

Implantation Cramping: Implantation is when the human embryo attaches the uterine walls during early pregnancy which happens around 9 days after ovulating. During this stage, you may feel cramping during pregnancy, but this cramping will not occur in later developments. This is actually one of the first signs of pregnancy, a women feels an implantation cramp and finds out she is indeed pregnant.

Miscarriage: A dreadful term that no one ever wants to hear, miscarriage. If the fetus or baby dies due to spontaneous circumstances, cramping during early pregnancy will occur. This is usually accompanied by bleeding or spotting. Call a doctor immediately if this happens.

Normal Cramps: Sometimes your cramping might not be related to your baby at all. It could be simply constipation or gas. After all, even pregnant women have to defecate.

Ectopic Pregnancy or eccysis: This is a serious pregnancy condition that happens outside of the womb. The fetus simply cannot survive and doesn’t develop at all. This complication is accompanied by vaginal bleeding, spotting, and mild cramps. Call a doctor if you believe you have these symptoms.

What do I do when cramping during pregnancy occurs?

Stop. Breathe. And slowly exhale and relax. Cramps will come and go and you do not have to worry about mild cramps. However, with that said, there are certain conditions where you must call a doctor immediately. If your cramping during pregnancy follows with bleeding, always call a doctor. This could be because of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, eccysis or other complications of the fetus. Other tell-tale signs that there might be something wrong are: vaginal fluids, fever, chills, lightheaded, and any other diseases. Diseases include: stomach viruses, infections, food poisoning, and other diseases.

In summary, you should always call your doctor immediately if any of your cramping during pregnancy is followed by one or more of these symptoms:

  • Bleeding
  • Vaginal Fluids
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Lightheaded
  • Diseases
  • Severe Cramping

How do I relieve or stop cramping during pregnancy?

An effective method to relax and focus on something other than cramping during pregnancy is doing pursed-lip breathing. Pursed-lip breathing is a technique used during an asthma attack that can soothe and relax the body. To perform pursed-lip breathing, simply pucker your lips for a kiss and breath in and out slowly. This will help to get over cramping during pregnancy.

Another method to resolve cramping during pregnancy is to bend backwards slightly. WARNING: do not bend over your back too far or you can possibly cause miscarriage or have backaches. Also, refrain from moving around positionally too much when cramping during pregnancy.

If you are unsure or have concerns, talk to your doctor about cramping during pregnancy right away. Better safe than sorry with cramping during pregnancy.

16 Responses to Cramping During Pregnancy

  1. pregnant

    Very helpful post man, thanks for the info.

  2. otis

    thank u!!!!!!

  3. Loanna

    Constipation or the need to release bm will cause intense cramping too. Move around and rotate those hips and see if it helps

  4. Allen B

    Thanks very helpful

  5. Kathryn

    Um, cramping is NOT normal during pregnancy and you should ALWAYS get it checked out. I went in for cramping at 22 weeks, and they found they my cervix is dilated and 1/8 of the length it should be. I'm 27 weeks tomorrow and still on strict hospital bed rest, trying not to have the baby yet. Use your head and get checked out if something doesn't feel right. What's the worst that could happen if you do? What's the worst that could happen if you don't? Just sayin.

    • Kathryn

      And p.s., thank goodness my doctor advised me to go in when I called the office concerned about mild cramping, and didn't blow me off and tell me it's 'normal', because my baby would have probably come too early to survive.

  6. Terra

    Thank you Kathryn, I always feel like im being paranoid and feel like im wasting the Dr's time. I also rather be safe then sorry. I had severe cramping and almost fainted last night after getting a haircut. The only time it happened and have been having pretty steady cramps since with out the light headed. Still going to check.

  7. erin

    I have been having cramps since i found out i was pregnant. And they are intense. But no bleeding or spotting at all. Is this normal? I am 5 weeks and 6 days.

    • Anna

      I had the same thing at almost the exact same time. I even went to the ER to get it checked out and everything was fine! I'm in my 2nd trimester now. Congrats!

    • Christa

      I have been having cramps the entire pregnancy off and on, and am 8 weeks today. I had a small amount of spotting last week. However, I went and got an ultrasound and all is fine. Talk to your doctor, Erin. Mine said that it is completely normal. If you mean 'intense' like concentrated, I'm the same. If you mean 'intense' like you're doubled over in pain – then something pay be seriously wrong.

  8. Edward Bath

    I would like information on how to stop this incedibly painful charlie horse hapening in my right thigh.Thankyou.edward

  9. Staci1325

    What happened with you ladies? I'm curious to see what's happened a couple of weeks later, because I am consistently cramping and spotting, but I called the dr immediately and she let me get an ultrasound. I'm 8w3d and saw the heartbeat, but this cramping is really scaring me. Any good news out there?

  10. Gigi

    Just came from the doc and she checked me too because I have some light spotting throughout the day. It’s the color of old blood and not very heavy. The ultrasound showed a 7w3d baby with a strong heartbeat. Going back next week. I’ve been cramping since last Monday and the ER doc said minus the blood everything looked perfect.

  11. ashli

    Hello ladies, with my experience I was 12 weeks pregnant in aug of 2011. I went in to hear my babys heart beat, they couldn’t find it…said everything was fine. I went in at 12 exactly, they told me I had a mc. I don’t trust my doctors, I wasn’t bleeding but I was cramping a little bit and didn’t think anything of it. Even though I couldn’t do anything to prevent it I just want to share my story for the first time. Early in my second pregnancy around 7 weeks I started bleeding everywhere it was enough to convince the Drs. That I had a mc and I was about to go into shock with the amount of blood loss. When the ultrasound was done they found she was healthy and strong but couldn’t find out why I was bleeding. Now I’m 21 weeks pregnant with a strong healthy baby girl.

  12. Karina Kill

    Babies and pregnant women deserves the best attention, can’t handle it w/o the support of the experienced friends at my favorite website.

  13. anna

    i was craming rilly bad but a cold bath helps ladys


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