Reasons for cramping in early pregnancy? (Normal & abnormal cramping)

Reasons for Cramping in Early Pregnancy

Cramping in early pregnancy is something that soon-to-be mothers don’t want to experience when they recognize the first signs of pregnancy.

No, we don’t want to experience that type of pain on our stomach, that same pain we experience when we are having our menstrual cramps.

We may be surprised to feel that we still experience that same menstrual cramps and discomforts as a symptom of early pregnancy.

Early pregnancy cramps are sometimes associated with spotting, which surely drive us crazy and make us worry if the life in our small tommy is in danger.

Cramping is associated with the hormonal and physical changes in our body but pain pressures differ from each of us. This is because every one of us has a different level of pain tolerance.

There are also different areas in our body, which will drive us to experience cramping in early pregnancy. But, why do pregnant women experience cramping in the first stage of pregnancy?

Reasons why Cramping occurs in the Early Stage of Pregnancy

Normal cramping

Cramping during the early stage of pregnancy can be very normal.  The reason for cramping can be varied. Naturally the first reaction may be to be worried about miscarriage. In general you should not be worried about light cramping during the early stage of pregnancy. It may just be a sign that your pregnancy is progressing correctly as the cramping is often caused by the body preparing for the pregnancy.  If you are unsure if your cramping is normal, discuss the situation with your obstetrician

There can be several reasons for cramping in early pregnancy.  The uterus begins to grow and changes during the early pregnancy, which sometimes result in cramping. Other muscles in the abdominal areal may be affected when the uterus begin to grow, which may result in further cramping.

Sexual intercourse during early pregnancy may cause cramping.

Early pregnancy cramps are often associated with implantation. This process will take for about 5-10 days after the egg had ovulated in the uterus and cause mild cramps. In other cases, spotting will also occur during the 5 to10-day ovulation period.

Sometimes constipation and stomach cramps may occur. It is natural for us to experience constipation during our early pregnancy because of the hormonal changes in our body. In some cases, stomach cramps will appear and often confused as another type of cramps in the uterus or fallopian tube.

Constipation during pregnancy can easily be treated by drinking lots of water or juice. Having the right diet will also decrease the possibility of having constipation and cramps.

All in all  the typical causes of cramping in early pregnancy are due to natural changes in the woman’s body.

Abnormal cramping

Light cramping in early pregnancy is normal and many pregnant women experience this. But heavier cramping may be a sign of a problem in the pregnancy. If you experience severe cramping you should contact your doctor immediately. If cramping is associated with bleeding it is important to contact a doctor. Remember that both cramping and light bleeding can be normal in early pregnancy, but can also be a sign of  ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

Ectopic pregnancy is a situation where the egg is not implanted in the uterus but in the fallopian tube. Since the egg cell rapidly ovulates, it could risk to damage the fallopian tube and would create severe cramps. An ectopic pregnancy can be a health risk to the mother. An ectopic pregnancy can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms often are similar to a normal pregnancy, but be aware if you experience  severe and localized pain, bleeding and tenderness by the fallopian tube.

If you suspect that you have an ectopic pregnancy it is very important that you call your doctor immediately.

The highest risk for a miscarriage is in the early stage of pregnancy. Any cramping associated with bleeding, particularly heavy bleeding and severe cramps, should be taken very seriously as it could be a sign of a miscarriage. If you experience any of the above symptoms it is very important to consult a doctor!

When it comes to early pregnancy, the cramping that we experience brings us a lot of pain and discomfort. However, there will be no absolute severe side effects if we provide the right care and diet in the first stage of pregnancy.

It is best to inform your OB right away if you experience cramping in early pregnancy to prevent problems to happen that will endanger your life and your baby’s life.