Menstrual Cramps During Pregnancy

Abdominal pain and discomfort are very common during pregnancy. Such abdominal discomfort is especially apparent during the early stages of pregnancy. In fact, with the discomfort, a woman may also experience light bleeding or spotting. Though the spotting and the bleeding can be isolated symptoms, sometimes cramps that are similar to the ones experienced during menstruation may also be experienced during the late pregnancy.

It is only seldom that such cramps may occur and this is an indication of a problem...

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...Menstrual cramps in pregnancy are not normal at all and as soon as you experience them, you should meet with a doctor to discuss your condition. It is quite possible that the doctor may order some diagnostic tests.

Conditions During Menstrual Cramps in Pregnancy

If the pain in the abdomen is constant and persists for some time, there may be a need to get medical help. Though these seem like menstrual cramps, they can occur due to a variety of causes.

Though menstrual cramps and pregnancy don’t go together, some cramps may feel like menstrual cramps. These cramps- like sensations are actually only stomach pain that may be caused by excessive gas or bloating. Since the woman has heightened senses at the time of pregnancy, these symptoms may feel like menstrual cramps.

Pregnant women also experience cramping when they are experiencing an orgasm. However, these cramps are very different and do not feel the same as menstrual cramps. Constipation may also cause light cramping in the abdomen which seems like menstrual cramps.

In the second semester, a woman often feels a stabbing pain in her side. This pain is usually caused due to a phenomenon known as round ligament pain. This pain is caused due to the enlargement of the uterus and the pressure it exerts on the surrounding tissues.

There are many problems that these menstrual cramps may signify. A menstrual cramps pregnancy, which is accompanied by light bleeding, may be an indication of a spontaneous abortion of a miscarriage. In such a case, the cramping occurs in a rhythm. It could also be a case of an ectopic pregnancy in which case you should consult a doctor immediately. Both miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies can be fatal for the pregnant woman and therefore help should be sought as soon as possible.

If the cramps are experienced further into the pregnancy, it is highly likely that the mother is experiencing preterm labor. Usually a preterm labor will be accompanied by a pink colored discharge which looks like mucus.

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