10 Reasons for Cramping During Early Pregnancy
By Refadoc, Posted on : Friday, 19 June 2015 - 5:06 pm IST
Cramping during the early stages of pregnancy is pretty normal for ladies. It is considered unnatural in case it is accompanied with severe pain and bleeding. Sometimes, during the early stages of their pregnancy, women mistake cramping for their menstrual cycles. This is because the cramping can be accompanied by spot bleeding as well. Spotting and cramping are some of the earliest signs of implantation in women, and it occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself along with the lining of the uterus. Spotting tends to disappear on its own within a couple of days, but cramping tends to continue.
Major Reasons Behind Cramping During Pregnancy:
Implantation is one of the most common reasons behind Cramping during the early stages of pregnancy. However, some of the other potential reasons are as follows:
1) Uterus Preparing for the Baby:
During the first few weeks of pregnancy, the uterus begins to expand in order to accommodate for the growth and the development of the baby. During this phase, the round ligament pain can also contribute towards the cramping. This phase tends to begin during the fourth or the sixth months of gestation, with the round ligaments stretching in order to support with the expansion of the uterus and the growth of the baby leading to cramps.
2) Chemical Pregnancy:
Often, a Chemical Pregnancy is a sign of an early miscarriage. A lot of women do not even know about the occurrence of a Chemical Pregnancy as it comes and goes by during the time of a woman’s menstrual cycle. A chemical pregnancy can only be detected after administering a test after the ovulation has occurred. Often, with the testing done within a week or two after tends to show a negative test result.
3) Ectopic Pregnancy:
Ectopic Pregnancy tends to occur when the egg implants itself outside of the uterus. This can lead to a serious medical condition for which immediate treatment must be done.
Miscarriages are often accompanied along with severe pain and moderate to heavy bleeding. In a lot of cases, the pregnancy is known previous to the occurrence of the miscarriage. On an average, miscarriages are known to occur well within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. However, they can occur well within the 20th week as well. Any miscarriage which occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy is known as stillbirth.
5) Changes in the hormones:
As soon as the conception occurs within the body of the woman, there is an immediate change in the hormonal pattern as well. Some of the most common hormones are estrogen, progesterone and HCG. All of these hormones are known to affect the body in a different way. However, during the early stages of pregnancy, the production of any of these hormones in a high level can lead to aches, pains or cramps.
6) Other Causes of Cramping:
Some of the other causes of Cramping during pregnancy can be constipation or gas pains. Pregnant women tend to suffer from problems such as Constipation and Gas Pains which can lead to uncomfortable cramping.
7) Round Ligament Pain:
Round Ligament Pains are known to strike women during the course of second or third trimester of pregnancy. During the early course of pregnancy, the uterus continues to stretch and grow. As the uterus expands, the ligaments tend to do the same in order to support the uterus. In such a case, mild cramping may occur.
8) Braxton Hicks Contractions:
During the second and the third trimester of pregnancy, many women suffer from the infamous Braxton Hicks Contractions. These are the irregular intermittent contractions which occur during the course of pregnancy.
9) Preterm Labor:
Cramping, either mild or severe, accompanied by diarrhea and back pain can all be signs of preterm labor.
During the course of early labor, cramping and back pain are some of the most common symptoms of an impending labor.