The first trimester of pregnancy is associated with lots of changes, both mental and physical. As the woman comes to terms with being pregnant her body is working hard growing a new life. As such lots of physical changes occur. One of these may be cramping. Many women are worried about cramping because they believe it is the first sign of a miscarriage, however that is not always the case and mild cramping during the first trimester is actually considered normal.
Many women cramp after having sex. The contractions from an orgasm may lead to light cramping and the woman should understand this is completely normal and nothing to be worried about.
Another cause for mild cramps during the first trimester is having a full bladder. This too stimulates light cramps that should not be a cause for concern.
Occasionally light cramping is accompanied by light bleeding or spotting. While this sounds especially scary it is just part of the first trimester symptoms for many women. However, if the cramping becomes severe and is accompanied by really heavy bleeding then you should contact your doctor immediately. Otherwise you should call during office hours with concerns.
Cramps occurring only on one side or that are especially sharp also deserve immediate attention. The reason why is it is possible to have an ectopic pregnancy and these are the classic symptoms. So, report to your doctor immediately to determine the cause. The faster an ectopic pregnancy is treated the better as it can be very dangerous if it erupts.
Miscarriage is another cause of cramping during the first trimester. However, cramps associated with miscarriage are usually fairly strong and accompanied by heavy bleeding, passing of tissue, and the like. If you are experiencing symptoms of this nature you need to see your doctor to determine if you are having a miscarriage and if so whether or not it is complete.
As you can see there are many cause of cramping in the first trimester from completely normal to very scary. You need to evaluate your symptoms carefully, explain them clearly to your doctor, and then go from there.