Symptoms of cramping during pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 13, 2016
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  • A sign of pregnancy complication or may occur as stretching of the uterus.
  • Spasms are highly experienced in either the calf or the arch of a foot.
  • It might be the sign of an impending miscarriage.

Are you pregnant and worried about cramps throughout the body? Well, it is normal to experience them.

 

Symptoms of cramping during pregnancy

 

Cramping is one of the common conditions experienced by pregnant women; it can range from mild to severe. Sometimes cramping occurs as an indicative sign of an upcoming problem in pregnancy or simply due to the stretching of the uterus.

 

Mild cramps

Mild cramps are common throughout the pregnancy, especially during implantation. As a pregnancy symptoms, cramping commonly include sudden and sharp pain. These spasms are highly experienced in either the calf or the arch of a foot. Cramps are probably more noticeable at end of the day or when you take rest.

 

[Read: Cramping Experience during Early Pregnancy]

 


Some women also experience harmless cramping in the lower pelvic area or lower back during pregnancy. This is mostly followed by an orgasm.

 

Round ligament pain

Round ligament pain is another feeling of cramping during pregnancy. As the uterus grows, the ligaments surrounding it get stretched. However, like the muscles, these ligaments are also capable of contracting and relaxing but they can cause a cramping sensation for a few minutes. When women change their body position, the ligaments also move for supporting the womb, thus causing cramps.

 

Leg cramps

Leg cramps may start bothering you during the second trimester of your pregnancy. Many women report that these cramping become severe as the pregnancy progresses. Leg cramping is probably noticed more at night. However, they can also occur during the day.

 

[Read: Are Cramps a Sign of Pregnancy or Period?]

 

Abdominal cramping

Abdominal cramps or pain are also common during the third trimester of pregnancy. Mostly women experience dull aches across the belly while others report a sharp pain on one side of the abdomen. Cramps in the abdomen are intensely felt while getting up from the bed or a chair and even while coughing. Short term achiness in the abdomen is absolutely normal during pregnancy but consult your doctor if you feel that the condition is becoming severe.

 

Mild cramping is absolutely common but you need to worry if it is accompanied by other problems such as:

 

  • Bleeding, especially bright red spots.
  • Fever and chills.
  • Vaginal discharge.
  • Light headedness or dizziness.

 

Severe cramping during early pregnancy can even be the sign of an impending miscarriage. Immediately contact a physician if you are experiencing this.

 

 

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