When you’re pregnant, there are some discomforts that are more worrisome than others. It’s not uncommon for a woman to have some degree or another of abdominal pain or even cramping when she is pregnant. That being said, pregnancy cramping is one of those things that can be a sign something is wrong, and cramping that’s more than just light cramping is very often a matter of concern during pregnancy.
In fact, if you have severe cramping during pregnancy, or if that cramping is persistent, it’s generally a sign that you need to see your doctor. It can be a sign of a problem. Mild cramping pain that’s infrequent is a common thing during pregnancy, and may not be as much of a cause for being concerned or rushing to the doctor.
There are several things that can cause you to experience pregnancy cramping. It can be simple gas or bloating, for example. These are very common during pregnancy, and usually more common than when you are not pregnant. If you’re constipated (also very common during pregnancy) you might also have some abdominal cramping.
Strained muscles or strained ligaments can also cause you some difficulty with cramping during pregnancy. These are most common during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
Cramping during your first trimester of pregnancy can sometimes be a sign of a miscarriage. If the cramping is accompanied by bleeding, or if it’s preceded by bleeding, this can be the case. In very early pregnancy, cramping can actually indicate that you have an ectopic pregnancy, which means that the egg has implanted somewhere other than the uterus and is not viable at all.
If you have severe cramping during pregnancy, or if that pregnancy cramping is persistent, or if it is accompanied by bleeding, talk to your doctor right away. Chances are she’ll want to see you to determine if there is some sort of a problem that needs to be addressed.