Most women who experience pregnancy cramps during pregnancy usually experience the sensation similar to what they experience when expecting their menstrual period. Pregnancy cramping takes place when the uterus is beginning to get ready for the baby; it can also indicate implantation or hormonal fluctuations during the early stages of pregnancy.
The entire cycle of pregnancy cramping takes place when the muscles ...
...and the uterus start to get ready for expansion, as the hormones create ovarian cramps and the egg gets implanted. When the embryo tunnels into the uterine lining, it causes cramping. In some cases pregnancy cramping is also accompanied by spotting, which is usually not as heavy as a period and may last for approximately 2 to three days. Cramping during pregnancy is usually a normal phenomenon and is rarely an indication of anything ominous. Cramping pregnancy is usually accompanied by pain in the lower back, uterine ache, and some shooting pains in the vagina, which are all normal signs of pregnancy.
Experiencing cramps in early pregnancy is not a worrisome sign, and is actually an indication that your body is preparing to sustain pregnancy for nine months. In some cases pregnancy cramping can extend even into the second and third trimester of pregnancy as the uterus continues to expand and the body prepares itself for labor. However if you suspect that the cramping is abnormal, do speak with your obstetrician for advice.
Another common discomfort in pregnancy is leg cramps which is particularly experienced during the third trimester. Most women who experience leg cramps during pregnancy often suffer from sudden tightening of the calf muscles, especially at night causing them to wake up from a restful sleep. The exact cause of leg cramps in pregnancy is still unknown but some experts believe that the increased weight of pregnancy causes alteration in blood circulation and increases the pressure on the nerves.
One can take some measures in preventing leg cramping during pregnancy such as: