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Pregnancy Cramps And Pains: Kailan Dapat Tumawag Ng Doktor?
  • Cramping is normal during pregnancy. Along with your changing body, comes all kinds of aches—cramping will almost always be one of them. It can happen throughout the different trimesters of the pregnancy and the level of pain can vary.

    While it is normal, that doesn't mean it has to be taken lightly all the time. You need to constantly be observant. Your doctor can also help you detect any serious problems early on.

    When is cramping okay?

    According to an article Healthline Parenthood, the first and second trimesters will find your body busy working overtime to prepare for your new baby. As the muscle in the uterus stretches and expands, there will be a feeling of pushing and pulling on both sides of the stomach.

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    Cramping is okay when it's related to these conditions: 

    Yeast and urinary track infection

    Pregnant women are prone to these conditions. A study shows that up to 6 percent of moms-to-be will develop UTI during their pregnancy, which is why your doctor asks you to undergo urinalysis.


    Constipation, a side effect of pregnancy, may also cause cramping. "Gas and bloating often make an appearance during pregnancy due to elevated levels of progesterone, a hormone that relaxes the muscles in your digestive tract. As a result, digestion slows down, leading to bloating as well as constipation—both of which can bring on crampy feelings in your abdomen," according to an article in whattoexpect.com.

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    Braxton Hicks

    When the pregnancy approaches the third trimester, some women will experience Braxton Hicks. They are the body's way of getting ready for the day you give birth but are not a sign that labor has begun or is getting ready to begin, according to Web MD. They are usually not painful, do not happen at regular intervals, are similar to menstrual cramps but don't last too long.


    Apart from these conditions, cramping is also normal during sex, specifically during and after orgasm. It's normal and is completely harmless. However, if the pregnancy is at its latter stage, mild contractions may come along with that orgasm because of the expanding tummy and increased blood flow in the pelvic area.

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    When is cramping NOT okay?

    When cramping is unusually severe, prolonged, and comes with fever, chills, bleeding, and discharges it may be time to head to your doctor. There can be several serious reasons for these symptoms.

    Ectopic pregnancy

    Ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, usually a fallopian tube. "This can cause severe, one-sided cramping that doesn't go away and gets worse as time goes on.

    Ectopic pregnancies often also cause vaginal bleeding, shoulder pain, lightheadedness, and faintness," according to whattoexpect.com. When this happens, ultrasounds and blood tests may be necessary to make sure if ectopic pregnancy is the source of the cramping.

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    Cramping in early pregnancy is sometimes due to miscarriage, according to an article in Babylist. "Usually with miscarriage, the cramps are accompanied by bleeding," it reads.

    Whattoexpect.com further explains that the pain associated with cramping because of miscarriage usually occurs in the abdomen, lower back and/or pelvic area and is accompanied by bleeding.

    "It can be dull or similar to bad period cramps. Most miscarriages happen in the first trimester, though they can occur in the second trimester as well," it reads. It adds that it can sometimes be hard to tell if the pain is due to a possible miscarriage but the most pronounced symptom would be cramping accompanied with bleeding that may continue for several days. Immediate consultation with the doctor is a must when this happens.

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    This condition, which usually develops in the second half of pregnancy, is characterized by sudden high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It can cause upper abdominal pain that can be accompanied by other symptoms, including severe headaches, changes in vision, nausea or vomiting, swelling in the face and hands and shortness of breath, according to the same article in whattoexpect.com.

    It warns that preeclampsia "can affect the amount of oxygen and nutrition that flows to a baby, and it increases the risk of placental abruption." The good news is that it is treatable that's why it is important to consult the doctor if you feel any of the symptoms above.

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    It's important to be aware of your pains and aches when you're pregnant. Whenever cramping happens, you have to watch out for these symptoms and call your doctor immediately or do to a hospital near you.

    • Severe pain
    • Pain in the vagina
    • Pain that doesn't go away
    • Pain in the upper right side of the stomach (preeclampsia)
    • Pain accompanied by dizziness and nausea
    • Pain that comes with diarrhea or stomach problems
    • Increased and steady pain (premature labor)

    If you feel any of these pains, you need to let your doctor know immediately. Do you have any other pains you're worried about? Click here to read more articles about it. You can also join our Facebook group Smart Parenting Village.

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