Most moms-to-be experience cramps that range from mild to punishing levels. As if carrying a growing baby was not difficult enough that they also have to bear the agonizing cramping too.
Pregnancy cramps are more painful than the menstrual cramps. So, if till now you were cribbing about them haunting you once every month, we’d like to wish you all the very best with your pregnancy!
#1. Cramps During Pregnancy
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) or yeasts can cause cramping. According to studies, 10 percent of moms-to-be (on an average) do come in contact with a UTI during their pregnancy. UTIs can instantly cause infection in your kidneys. Such an infection can raise the risk of the mother going into preterm labor. Make sure you get your urine test done at every appointment to observe no signs of any infections.
While sexual intercourse is normal during pregnancy, it can sometimes lead to cramping. Due to the enlarged tummy, things might not feel that good and an orgasm might even lead to mild contractions.
#2. Cramps In Early Pregnancy
Early pregnancy days are the toughest. At a time when your body is adjusting to the hormonal imbalances and morning sickness, side effects like constipation can even lead to cramping. Your regular exercises might cause your muscles to stress more than required hence resulting in the painful cramps. Cramping during exercise is a call for your body to stop and take rest.
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#3. Cramps During Pregnancy in Leg
During pregnancy you tend to gain weight, we mean obviously you are bearing another life inside your belly, you ought to get fat. Some women get fat enough for the legs to manage the weight gain, and hence experience the cramps. Leg cramps are usually caused due to the additional weight gain and the change in circulation. The pressure of the baby weight can affect the nerves and the blood vessel leading to cramps in the legs. Leg cramps feel like continuous pinching.
#4. Cramps During Pregnancy Trimester
Each trimester has its own set of anxieties and pains. All the happiness of being pregnant gets flushed down with her urine once she starts experiencing the oh-so painful cramps. The muscular stretch inside the uterus feels nothing less than a rugby match wherein both the players are literally snatching at the ball. This pulling and pushing on both sides of the stomach make the woman scream out in pain.
• First trimester
Cramping during pregnancy is a very normal phenomenon and can take place as early as when the fertilized egg makes its home inside the uterine walls. This can be referred to as implantation cramping and feels similar to menstruation. Cramps could also be a result of the fast uterine growth.
• Second trimester
The second trimester could be less troublesome because it usually does not cause any uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. The only exception is that of women who are giving birth to more than a child during pregnancy. It is because of the multiple eggs that require more space and thus expands the uterus more briskly than others.
Round ligament pain could be another exception, where the ligaments which provide support to the uterus are stretched and they grow upwards. This causes some rapid and sharp one sided pains.
• Third trimester
The third trimester is known for the ridiculously excruciating contractions habitually taking place inside her abdomen. Cramping during the third trimester is often confused with preterm labor pains. Contractions during labor are different from the ones that the woman experiences while progressing towards labor.
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#5. Signs And Symptoms Of Cramps During Pregnancy
Cramping is a part of pregnancy and has a recurring nature. They are every mother-to-be’s nightmare and keep haunting them until the baby kicks out of her uterus. Here are some signs and symptoms of cramping:
- Dizziness, lightheadedness, or bleeding. Bleeding can be a symptom of miscarriage or placenta previa.
- Pink discharge is a grave sign of preterm labor, meaning that the cervical length is changing.
- Persistent cramping when pregnant with multiples.
- Unbearable back or abdominal pains accompanied with nausea, vomiting, or fever.
The nine months that your little one takes to step out in your world finally are the most memorable and indeed the most dreadful time of your life. Rely on a healthy diet and a stress-free routine to deliver a happy, (scientifically, crying) baby.
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