One of the early signs of pregnancy and pregnancy symptoms is cramping. These are some of the regular features of being pregnant but some women tend to be a little nervous about this development since it could indicate a miscarriage as well. Rest assured that most miscarriages do not manifest as cramps during pregnancy as a symptom but rather as a continuous abdominal pain. In case the cramping in pregnancy symptom is a product of another type of miscarriage caused by a progesterone imbalance or deficiency, the cramping is actually cause by a menstrual period beginning again and pushing...
...the contents of the uterus out. In this case, the cramping would be accompanied by bleeding. These are the two complications of pregnancy during the first trimester and are indicative of an ectopic pregnancy and a general miscarriage - which could further be because of many other reasons.
Early pregnancy symptoms of cramping mean nothing more than the body starting to prepare for the next few months of holding a child in the uterus. One of these is called round ligament pain. The round ligament is a ligament in the outside of the uterus that literally holds the fetus in a specific position. As the fetus grows, so does the ligament and this can cause pains that are similar to cramps. The uterus itself needs to grow and this growth will also cause some level f cramping. There is also another type of cramping called the Braxton Hicks contractions. These start within the first month of being tested positive for pregnancy but are usually more pronounced during the second and third trimesters. These cramps are also called false contractions or practice contractions. These contractions are thought to be a preparation of the uterine muscles to build up strength for the process of labor that will ideally occur forty weeks after the last menstrual period.
Cramping during pregnancy is something that must always be checked by your obstetrician to ensure that there is nothing more serious. Ectopic pregnancies though as rare as a 1% chance, do happen. Miscarriages are also quite common especially if you are a woman in her late thirties and forties. These miscarriages can happen because of chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus, which cause the body to completely reject the fetus. The contents of the uterus are then expelled from the vagina. This can be traumatic if not aided by a doctor.