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Menstrual Cramps During Pregnancy

by Johanna Harris
(Rustenburg, South Africa)

Is possible to get period pains during pregnancy?

Abdominal pain during pregnancy is not uncommon and the severity may vary depending on the stage of the pregnancy.

If you have sever and persistent abdominal pain and cramping during your pregnancy, get medical care do not ignore it. Here, I will try to give you an overview on the most common causes of cramping and pain during pregnancy, but do not take this as medical advice. It is simply intended to educate you about your body and your pregnancy. For diagnosis of your specific situation seek advice from your primary care physician.

Also, if you experience any of the following severe abdominal cramping, accompanied by spotting, bleeding, chills, increased heartbeat, fever, sweating, diarrhea, vaginal discharge, pain during urination, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting and dizziness, get off the computer and call your doctor or visit the emergency unit.

Serous Conditions Associated With Abdominal Pain During Pregnancy

1. Ectopic Pregnancy:

This condition is a life threatening situation, which required immediate medical attention at your local hospital. Do not go to a walking clinic or a doctor's office, go to the emergency room at once!

An ectopic pregnancy occurs usually during early pregnancy, before week 8 or around there. It occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus. This can be inside the fallopian tubes, the ovary, cervix or the abdominal cavity. Most women initially experience abdominal pain that increases and become severe.

These are the typical symptoms. abdominal of pelvic pain, cramping like pain, vaginal discharge, spotting or bleeding. There could be no vaginal discharge, but increased bowel movements and diarrhea. The pain is usually worse by moving and in some case there is should referral pain. Go to the hospital or call an ambulance if you have:

dizziness, fainting, sweating, fever and increased heartbeat. I have been in this situation myself and I know how severe it can be if not treated in time. So, best to be safe than sorry.

2. Miscarriage:

It is possible to experience loss of pregnancy within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. A miscarriage is characterized by bleeding followed by increasing abdominal cramping. The bleeding can be light or very heavy and the cramping can also come before the bleeding. In some cases the pain can be felt in the lower back and in the tights. If the pain persists, call your doctor.

3. Premature labor:

This condition can occur when the labor starts before the 37 weeks of pregnancy. In these cases, the cervix begins to dilate and efface before the time (after 38 weeks). If you are in this situation, make sure to contact you OBGYN or midwife right away. Or best go to the hospital. Early labor can be accompanied by vaginal discharge that can be pink, bloody, watery, mucus-like,
or spotting. It can be scanty or profuse. All this is accompanied by menstrual-like pain or real contractions. Lower back pain can be experienced, especially when it is sudden.

4. Placenta Abruptae:

This is a severe life-threatening condition for both mother and child. It occurs when the placenta separates from your uterus. This can be partial or complete.
The symptoms related to this condition can different according to the severity of the rupture. You can experience unexpected bleeding, or simply spotting, or even water leaks from the amniotic fluid. There can be contraction, uterine irritability, back pain and decreased baby movements. This conditional should get immediate medical attention.

5. Preeclampsia:

This condition is related to having have high blood pressure and higher protein content in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It is associated with the following symptoms: and, feet, ankles and face swelling, puffiness around your eyes, and rapid weight gain related to water retention. Severe cases of preeclampsia as experienced with upper abdominal pain, strong headache with visual problems kike seen spots and burry vision. There can also be nausea and vomiting. Call your doctor right away.

6. Urinary Tract Infection:

SOme women have an increased risk of bladder or kidney infection during pregnancy. This situation can cause lower abdominal pain, cramping, pain and burning during urination. The urine can change and become cloudy, bloody, smelly, darker in color, etc. In most cases there is also an increased desire to urinate with very urine passing. If you have any of these symptoms associated with cramping, call your doctor. Having a urinary tract infection during pregnancy can cause a kidney infection, which puts you at increased risk of premature labor. Kidney infection is often a serious condition that causes high fever, lower back pain (under the ribs: both sides or just one side), abdominal pain and cold sweats. nausea and vomiting can also occur.

7. Round Ligament Tension

This kind of pain is felt like a sharp pain into the growing and starts during the second trimester and it is due to the growing size of the uterus.

8. Braxton Hicks Contractions

These type of contraction begin around the second semester and they are more prominent in women who already had a pregnancy before. They are associated with an irritable uterus and a lack of magnesium in the diet. Most doctors recommend increase magnesium supplementation, drinking raspberry tea, increase water intake and having a warm bath. These type of contractions are irregular not very painful but discomforting in some cases.

9.Other Causes Of Abdominal Pain

Constipation, fibroids, bowel irritability, gas, bloating, gall bladder problems, and viral infections are other possible causes of cramping during pregnancy. The best thing to do is to see your doctor and discuss your unique set of symptoms with him or her to be safe.

Many Blessings!

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