Cramping at 6 Weeks of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on April 26, 2012

In spite of being one of the most amazing phases in the life of a woman, pregnancy can prove to be a very confusing and trying experience. This is mainly due to the numerous changes that a woman’s body goes through during this period. More importantly, especially in the case of first time moms, it may become difficult to differentiate between what is normal and what needs immediate attention. Abdominal cramping at 6 weeks pregnant is one such experience.

There are a number of causes for slight cramping...

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...at 6 weeks pregnant. At 6 weeks pregnant, the fertilized egg has just about entered the uterus and may still be busy burrowing into the uterine wall. This process is called implantation. In most women, the cramping related to implantation is over by the 5th week of pregnancy. However, since each woman’s body reacts differently to pregnancy, some may continue to experience light cramping at 6 weeks pregnant. While the egg is trying to attach itself to the uterus, the uterine wall gets eroded a bit. This may lead to a minor amount of bleeding as well. Many women don’t even notice these pregnancy symptoms are they are very insignificant. In most cases, the blood, if any, may be just enough to stain a tissue used after urination. Another reason for cramping experienced in the abdominal region is the change that the uterus is going through as a result of the pregnancy. In order to prepare for the pregnancy, the muscles of the uterus begin to get stretched. In addition, the growing uterus becomes heavier and exerts pressure on the ligaments that hold it. These changes are bound to cause symptoms such as cramps. As the uterus expands, pressure is exerted on the bladder resulting in discomfort and an increase in the urge to urinate.

Severe cramping at 6 weeks pregnant should not be taken lightly as it could be indicative of pregnancy complications. Consulting your doctor at the earliest is recommended as there could be a possibility of pregnancy loss. Women who do not know that they are pregnant or those who are accustomed to irregular menstrual periods, may mistake heavy bleeding and cramping at 6 weeks pregnant for a late period. However, in reality, these could be signs of a miscarriage in progress. This is most likely if the cramps are accompanied by the passage of clots and heavier than normal bleeding.

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