Updated: 2019, Aug 1

How To Know If Your First Trimester Cramping Is Normal?

How To Know If Your First Trimester Cramping Is Normal?

First, it’s important to understand that some cramping during the first trimester is in fact normal while your uterus is expanding to support your growing baby. Remember that the uterus is a muscle and when muscles contract, especially if they’re expanding, it can hurt some.
Consider the following reasons why you may feel first trimester cramping:

  • Implantation Cramping – Sometimes, the first sign of pregnancy is the cramping experienced when the fertilized egg is attaching itself to the uterine wall. This is called implantation cramping.
  • Full Bladder – Some women experience cramping with a full bladder and/or just after emptying the bladder. This is known as a braxton hicks contraction. It’s not going to hurt you or your baby. In order to try to alleviate this type of cramping, try to relieve your bladder often.
  • Vigorous Exercise – There is something known as the round ligament that supports the uterus and expands while you are pregnant. This can be a common cause of cramping during exercise in early pregnancy. You may feel sharp pain in your abdomen that can extend to your hip or groin. It should not last more than a few seconds. Simply stop exercising and rest a moment. If the pain persists for more than a few minutes, call your doctor.
  • Orgasm – It’s normal to feel some cramping in the uterus after an orgasm. These are called uterine contractions, and they actually happen after every orgasm, you just don’t feel them as strongly when you’re not pregnant.
  • Urinary Tract Infection – Could be a sign of a UTI if you’re experiencing cramping in the lower abdomen. Definitely call your doctor… it’s not cause for alarm, yet, but make sure you’re diagnosed right away so your doctor can prescribe the right medications to protect you and your baby from further infection.
  • Bowel Movement – Some women will experience cramping just prior to a bowel movement. Again, a series of braxton hicks contractions.

Of course you should also pay attention to cramping that persists when you are pregnant. Consider the following symptoms – when you should call your doctor:

  • Pink/Vaginal Discharge – This can be a serious sign of preterm labor.
  • Back pain – Any heavy back pain is abnormal and should be addressed.
  • Changes in position do not alleviate pressure – If you’re changing positions to try to become comfortable and nothing is working, call your doctor. It could be a sign of something serious.
  • First Trimester Details
  • Heavy Bleeding – You should NOT be vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. Light spotting at the beginning of the first trimester is normal while your egg is attaching to the uterine wall, but if you’re experiencing bleeding such as that of a regular period, it’s time to talk to your doctor.
  • Fever/Chills – could be a sign of infection. Call your doctor just to be sure

There are ways to relieve cramping during pregnancy. Make sure you’re getting off your feet, often, resting and drinking a lot of fluids. Some doctors recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain relief. Be reminded, if you were not already aware, that you should not use a heating pad for your cramping pain. Heating the core, especially in the first trimester, is very dangerous. You may like a warm shower instead, stretching and relaxing to alleviate the cramping.

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There are a few yoga poses you should be aware of if you want to get rid of your cramping too:
Extended Side Angle Pose – This pose also pulls out your energy reserves.

  • Stand with your feet hip width apart
  • Extend your right leg out toward the right side of your body while extending your left leg, bending forward
  • Rest your right elbow on your right knee and pull your left arm up above and extend over your head
  • Hold for five to ten breaths
  • Repeat for the opposite side

Triangle Pose – This is similar in that it works and opens the hips but also relieves anxiety!

  • Stand with your feet hip width apart
  • Extend your right leg out toward the right side of your body bending forward while keeping the left leg extended toward the other side.
  • Bring your right arm straight down toward your right ankle while you extend your left arm up in the air
  • Hold for five to ten breaths
  • Repeat for the opposite side

Cat/Cow Poses – helps to shift the weight of the baby away from the spine – you can practice this move all the way up through labor.

  • Pose yourself on all fours (hands and knees)
  • Rocking your belly back and forth from the ground toward the ceiling, slowly
  • Don’t forget to breath
  • Complete for 10-20 breaths

It’s okay to call your doctor when you’re experiencing cramping as it could be something serious. Just pay attention to these tips and try to be aware of how long your cramping lasts. Generally, your doctor may prescribe bed rest. Sometimes, it’s all you need.

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