Is Cramping Normal During The First Trimester

It’s fairly common to experience some amount of discomfort, pain and cramping all through the pregnancy, but these problems may surface more during the first trimester.

Cramping is in fact the most prevalent phenomenon that you will be experiencing during the first trimester. This cramping might feel quite like the cramps you get during menstruation, with the only difference that they will become a nearly everyday phenomenon during the first trimester.

A lot of pregnant women have some light bleeding and spotting incidents during the first trimester, and whenever this happens the cramping is bound to increase and cause a lot of discomfort. And while in most cases cramping is normal during the first trimester, in some cases it could be the starting signs of a bigger problem. As long as the cramping is bearable, there is nothing to be alarmed, but the moment it gets unbearable or too frequent you must get in touch with your health care provider.

The prime reasons that cause cramping during the first trimester are:

Gastrointestinal disturbances like constipation, bloating and gas. Constipation and gastric are common during the first trimester, as the hormone levels are constantly changing.

Excessive morning sickness can also result in cramping, since the entire abdominal region gets exerted as you vomit.

The straining of the abdominal and pelvic muscles. This strain can come from the lack of sleep, change of routine and a changed posture.

The rising progesterone hormone levels can also be one of the reasons.

So if you’re experiencing mild cramping during the first trimester, it is most likely to be because of these factors. However, as we mentioned earlier, whenever the cramping seems abnormal, in terms of intensity and frequency, medical help becomes a necessity.

If cramping is accompanied by heavy bleeding and pain, then the things can turn out to be much more problematic than you can even think of. Chances are your pregnancy may be heading for a miscarriage, which can only be prevented with timely medical intervention.

Lastly, for the regular cramping, associated with pregnancy, you won’t need any medication and may experience absolute relief with little things like using hot compress, using laxatives and taking more rest.

Sidharth Thakur