Pregnancy / Childbirth

10 things you need to know about pregnancy cramps

  • Contractions associated with the last stage of pregnancy often appear already in the first trimester. At such an early stage, they usually inform about changes in the body that are to prepare the woman's body for the challenges that she faces. Most often they are caused by stretching of the uterine ligaments, constipation and flatulence.
  • How do you recognize that you are experiencing cramps? All you have to do is lie down and put your hand on the womb. If it hardens in one place, then most likely the reason for this is fetal movement, if during contraction it is all hard, the reason is cramps.
  • If the doctor has not yet confirmed the pregnancy, and you feel painful cramps, go to a gynecologist, who after the examination will be able to exclude ectopic pregnancy.
  • Sometimes the reason for the cramps is dehydration or too little magnesium. It is worth drinking a lot of fluids during pregnancy (read what to drink during pregnancy) and enrich your diet with products rich in magnesium (white beans, chocolate, dark cocoa, cereal sprouts, spinach).
  • If the cramps appear in the second or third trimester and are accompanied by low back pain or diarrhea, they may be a signal of premature delivery.
  • Premature contractions are not Braxton-Hicks contractions, which are irregular and appear in the third and second trimester (not all women) - most often they are painless, but unpleasant.
  • If the contractions appear regularly every few minutes and their soreness increases, then most likely the cause is childbirth (a few weeks before the date of premature delivery).
  • Contractions (harmless) can also appear after sex and experienced orgasm.
  • Effective ways to soothe cramps are a warm bath, calm breathing, emptying the bladder, as well as, if necessary, No-Spa.
  • Tell your doctor about any pregnancy contractions.