Cramps During Pregnancy

Are you experiencing cramps during pregnancy Youngstown, Ohio? Cramps during pregnancy are common, but often scary. So, it can be helpful to know that cramping is the uterus's response to just about anything that is happening to it. Any time the uterus is stimulated, its natural response is to contract.

Things that cause your uterus to contract, or give you cramps during pregnancy at any time, include a full bladder, an orgasm, exercise, or a urinary tract infection.

If you are having cramps during pregnancy Youngstown, Ohio, one concern many women have, especially when it is early in the pregnancy,  is that it's a sign of miscarriage. Cramps during pregnancy alone are not usually a sign of miscarriage. (It's not a cause of miscarriage, either.)

Signs of cramps during pregnancy to never ignore:

  • Four or more contractions in an hour, which could be a sign of preterm labor.
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or bleeding that accompanies cramps during pregnancy (especially if you have not yet confirmed your pregnancy with an ultrasound). This can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. Bleeding can also be a symptom of miscarriage or placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix.
  • Pink discharge is a serious sign of preterm labor, because it can mean your cervical length is changing.
  • Any persistent cramps during pregnancy when you are pregnant with multiples (which increases your risk of preterm labor), have a history of preterm labor or ectopic pregnancy, or have been diagnosed with a shortened cervix.
  • Back or abdominal pain that's intense and associated with nausea, vomiting, and/or fever. These could be symptoms of appendicitis, kidney stones, or gallbladder disease.
  • Your pain is not improving over time or with changes in your physical position.

If you are having any of the above issues accompanied by cramps during pregnancy call Dr. Hill and set up an appointment today.

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