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Cramps During Early Pregnancy


welcome to pregnancy chat I'm Monica

Healy today I want to talk about cramps

in early pregnancy most pregnant women

experience some abdominal aches pains

and cramping in early pregnancy not

surprisingly these early pregnancy

developments are accompanied by

significant changes in the way your body

functions many changes are happening

during this time and your amazing body

is registering some of these changes in

the form of cramping

I know cramps can be a source of worry

so it helps to know and understand why

and what is happening that said here are

six common causes for cramps and early

pregnancy the first is hormones your

body is producing a flood of hormones

some of which cause cramps as the body

prepares to expand and change virtually

every organ system in your body needs to

adapt to cope with the increasing

demands that your pregnancy will make on


the second is implantation when the

newly fertilized egg implants into the

lining of the womb a woman can

experience implantation print sometimes

accompanied by a very small amount of

bleeding the third is your uterus the

uterus begins to experience changes as

soon as the implanted egg burrows into

the lining as the uterus stretches and

expands some women experience aches and

cramps these pains can also be referred

to the groin and the hip area these

cramps reflect changes in the pelvis in

particular your growing uterus it can be

perfectly normal to experience menstrual

type cramps in early pregnancy because

this growth occurs where the ligaments

and muscles attach and support your womb

to the internal abdominal wall one

ligament especially called the

ligament and results in implants gas and

constipation elevated levels of the

hormone relaxin causes the body's

muscles to relax including those that

make up the digestive system which slows

down during pregnancy this can result in

excess gas and constipation which

produces a wide range of pains and

pressures bloating and sometimes

cramping ectopic pregnancy cramping and

pain may occur on either side of the

pelvis and be accompanied by nausea

spotting and dizziness and ectopic

pregnancy is a medical emergency

and you need to see a doctor right away

the sixth is the corpus luteum system

this is the system pregnancy and it is

from this structure that your egg was

released and then subsequently

fertilized this cyst plays an important

role in the early weeks of pregnancy as

the corpus luteum cyst produces hormones

that support the pregnancy in the early

weeks this corpus luteum cyst can vary

in size and the larger ones can cause

some tenderness and cramping the

presence of this cyst is usually

assessed during your your first

ultrasound scan and it usually just

results on it film women and early

pregnancy will experience quite a few

strange and even uncomfortable

sensations twinges and cramping each

pregnancy can be quite different so

consider these bumps along the road of

an amazing journey please note that if

cramping is severe or prolonged this may

not be normal and you must call your

doctor immediately so those are some

common causes for cramps and early

pregnancy if you have any questions or

comments please join in the conversation

in the forums at pregnancy chat com I'm

Monica Healy and thanks for watching