Cramping During Pregnancy - Causes, Prevention & Treatment Tips

Rashi Singh

Created by Rashi Singh
Updated on May 21, 2021

Cramping During Pregnancy Causes Prevention Treatment Tips
Reviewed by Expert panel

This cramping in early pregnancy often results from normal changes that occur during your baby’s development. They are a kind of pulling sensation on one or both sides of the abdomen. Although not considered a symptom for detection of early pregnancy, it is the symptom that accompanies many pregnancies. Read the blog to know more about cramping during early pregnancy. 

Causes of Cramping

There are some serious concerns for cramping during early pregnancy as well that has some serious causes of abdominal pain during pregnancy:

  1. Ectopic Pregnancy: This happens when the fertilized eggs implant outside of the uterus. It can cause painful cramping and a serious medical condition treated by the doctor.
  2. Miscarriage: Vaginal spotting accompanied by mild or sharp cramping can be a sign of a miscarriage, although some of the pregnant women who have spotting or cramping tend to have a healthy pregnancy. In anyways if a would-be mother is having bleeding or severe cramping please contact a doctor immediately.
  3. Urinary Tract Infections. Lower abdominal pain and painful urination may be symptoms of a urinary tract infection.
  4. Placement abruption: This happens when the placenta separates from the uterus before the baby is born. This is a life-threatening condition and can be signalled by a painful cramp that does not go away. If this happens, please contact your healthcare doctor immediately.
  5. Gas and Bloating
  6. Constipation
  7. Sexual Intercourse

Treating Cramping While Early Pregnancy:

If you experience minor cramping during pregnancy there are a couple of things you can do for prevention that I would like to suggest you for prevention and self-care:

  • Try to sit, lie –down or change positions.
  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Try doing relaxation exercises
  • Place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel on the ache
  • Make sure you get plenty of liquid fluids

Experiencing cramps in your early pregnancy can lead to anxiety. You might wonder if it's just normal uterine stretching and growth or a sign of an impending miscarriage. Whereas in some cases a mild tummy is a normal part of early pregnancy. They’re actually quite often been linked to the normal physical changes an early pregnant women body goes through. Some women get cramps with a little bleeding when the embryo implants itself into the wall of the womb. However, in all cases, we advise you to get in touch with your gynae for a thorough medical diagnosis. Being aware of the problems always helps to cure them better!

Have a safe pregnancy.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Jul 09, 2019

is lower abdomen cramps now and then ok in first trimester?

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| Mar 15, 2020

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