Cramping in pregnancy is a scary experience, especially for women who have never been pregnant before. In early pregnancy, it’s not unheard of to hear women who experience this morning pregnancy symptom to be afraid that they’re going to start their period.
Abdominal cramping in early pregnancy is quite common – and normal. Uterine cramping in early pregnancy may be similar to the cramps you get before your regular menstrual period. You may even have pain on one side.
Cramping in Early Pregnancy
One common reason that you may experience cramping in early pregnancy is that your uterus is growing and growing to accommodate the baby growing inside you. This is a normal pregnancy symptom, and it shouldn’t make you worried. Sometimes, light cramping in pregnancy is caused by a small cyst that develops on your ovary during ovulation. This cyst is called the corpus luteum cyst, and it forms in the location of the ovary where the egg burst out before making its way into the uterus. This small cyst can be the cause of cramping in early pregnancy.
In the second trimester, the “cramping” you’re experiencing may actually be Round Ligament Pain – which is the normal stretching of the round ligaments that hold your uterus in place. Round ligament pain may feel like a dull ache in your lower abdomen, or a short, jabbing pain.
When to Call the Doctor about Cramping in Pregnancy
Cramping in early pregnancy should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Even though it’s a normal pregnancy symptom to expect, you will want to mention it to your midwife or doctor at your prenatal visits. Sometimes, cramping can be a sign of a problem. You will want to notify your physician immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms with your pregnancy cramping:
- Any spotting or vaginal bleeding
- Pain that is on one side
- Cramping that doesn’t go away
- Your pain increases in severity, or intense pain.