I am having lower abdominal cramping am only 4 weeks pregnancy. Is it ok?

(November 9, 2010)

Pregnancy is a crucial period in the lives of expectant mothers and even the slightest pain or unusual discomfort would lead them to doubting the well being of their child. This is an absolutely normal reaction. The good news is that in most cases, the worry is unwarranted.

4 weeks pregnant
is around the same time that your period would have been due. In most cases, women do not even realize that they are pregnant at such an early stage. Conception takes place approximately in the centre of two consecutive menstrual periods. The zygote then makes its way down into the uterus to embed itself. This is calculated as the third week of pregnancy as pregnancy term calculation it is based on the last menstrual period or LMP. At 4 weeks pregnant, the embryo is still busy implanting itself into the uterine wall. 4 weeks pregnant cramping is mainly a result of this process and is also referred to as implantation cramping. Cramping may also be indicative of the uterus and pelvic muscles preparing themselves to accommodate the little baby over the next 36 weeks or so. This type of cramping may also be accompanied by light bleeding in the form of spotting or streaking. It must be kept in mind that implantation cramping is mild and most women do not even experience it. However, as a mother, you would feel the need to rule out your concerns. Hence, consulting a gynecologist is highly advisable.  

Two of the most common concerns during the initial months of pregnancy are cramping and light spotting. There are a number of other 4 weeks pregnant symptoms as well. The detection of the hormone hCG confirms a pregnancy as it is initially produced by the embryo and later by a part of the placenta. The increase in hCG levels during pregnancy brings on nausea and vomiting. Some women may experience food cravings from an early stage in pregnancy. An inability to bear certain foods, beverages or odors may also set in. The change in hormone levels causes headaches and mood swings. Fatigue and sleepiness are extremely common during pregnancy. The increased blood flow to the breasts and the stimulation of the mammary glands causes breast tenderness and the breasts begin to look fuller. Lower back pain is another symptom of pregnancy. However, not every woman experiences all of these symptoms. In addition, the intensity and period of the symptoms may also vary from one woman to another.     

Submitted by N on November 9, 2010 at 04:33

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