Cramping at 5 Weeks of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on February 1, 2012

At 5 weeks pregnant, most expectant mothers are just about beginning to feel the indicators of pregnancy. At this early stage, the baby is just about 2 millimeters long and will grow to approximately 5 millimeters by the end of the week. The vital organs are forming, with the heart already beating and pumping blood. After conception, the fertilized egg gradually makes its way to the uterus from the fallopian tube. This journey takes approximately 10 to 14 days from the time of conception. Once in the uterus, the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterine wall. This is a natural phenomenon and is known as implantation...

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...During this process, the uterine wall gets a bit eroded as the egg tries to attach itself firmly to the uterus. This results in a miniscule amount of bleeding. The bleeding may also be accompanied by mild cramping at 5 weeks pregnant. Since this occurs around the same time as the next menstrual period would have been due, many women mistake these pregnancy symptoms for an unusual menstrual period. The spotting and light cramping at 5 weeks pregnant, related to implantation, lasts for just a day.

Cramping at 5 weeks pregnant could also be triggered by the changes the body is going through as a result of the pregnancy. As the uterus prepares to accommodate the baby and begins to expand in order to make room, the muscles stretch thus causing cramping at 5 weeks pregnant symptoms. At the same time, a certain amount of strain is also exerted on the ligaments that hold the uterus in place. This causes light pain or cramping on either side of the uterus. The increase in blood supply to the pelvic region may also be responsible for slight abdominal discomfort.

Even though these symptoms are normal, informing your doctor about spotting and cramping at 5 weeks pregnant is recommended as they could also be indicative of certain pregnancy complications. This holds true mainly if the spotting seems to be increasing or the cramping becomes more severe. If an expectant mother begins to experience unbearable cramping and the bleeding increases, it is quite possible that these are signs of a probable miscarriage. If checked in time, the pregnancy can be saved. Intense pain, usually experienced on one side of the abdomen could also be indicative of an ectopic pregnancy. Since an ectopic pregnancy can cause serious complications, seeking the advice of a doctor is highly recommended.

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