Wondering if you are going to have a baby? Well, you might have a hint if you experienced any cramps and if your periods are late. Now that you have a hint, you might want to take a pregnancy test and confirm it. Now that you are pregnant, there are many things you need to consider and be bothered about and much more that you need to restrain yourself from doing. If you have a habit of smoking or drinking, try and refrain from it since it might affect your baby. It would also be a good time to consider quitting it.
However, the first thing you need to do is find yourself a good gynecologist and consult them. Do not compromise on the comfort level you have or can have with the doctor since you need it more than you know later on. In such situations, a known person would be a great choice. However, if you do find someone make sure to be open and free and transparent enough about your queries and thoughts and rumors and misconceptions.
You need to keep that slate of yours clean and not fill it with useless matter since it is not a joke to give birth. Hence, make sure you have answers to all the questions you have. Also, let your partner be involved and be on the same page. He also needs to know the process and all about it and needs to know what to do and what not to in case of an emergency. Being pregnant is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
The anticipation of having a baby and being a parent soon is something that cannot be matched. But, while being pregnant is a joyful journey, it may not end well for all. To make sure you have a safe and healthy delivery, you need to examine each and every part of it and cross check with regard to anything and everything you can or want to. For some simple things you might be comfortable with the internet but there would be some things which you might not feel is right.
In such cases go meet your doctor instead of deciding on what you read and feel is right or wrong. This is a once in a lifetime kind of a moment which you do not want to mess up. Pregnancy also has a part in which you handle pain and anxiety. While you can take parenting classes on how to handle the anxiety, pain is not something you can let go. While most women have lots of conditions themselves, there are a few common among-st all. One of them is cramps.
Worried about the cramps you are having? Well, there might not be an actual reason to worry about as such. Cramping in pregnancy can be pretty common and sometimes due to simple movements of the body. However, they can sometimes be a serious issue. Before you start to panic, you might want to go through the C.S.T’s of camps i.e. the causes, symptoms and then the treatments for cramps during pregnancy.
If you have just experienced cramps and are panicking about it, you need to relax and take a deep breath and read on before you jump to any conclusions. Also, if you are wondering ‘Is cramping a sign of pregnancy?’ you are right. Common yet scary, cramping is a symptom of pregnancy. But, do not get convinced by that since the uterus is considered as just any other muscle and since they are trained to do nothing but contract, these contractions may seem like cramps.
A hard core workout session can also lead to cramping of the uterus. Now that we know that simple things can also cause cramps, it is important to know how to differentiate them. Let us have a look at some of cramping while pregnant.
Dividing the period of pregnancy into three stages, we call them as trimesters and name them as first trimester, second trimester and similarly the third trimester.
For some, cramping is a sign of pregnancy which occurs when an egg gets implanted on the wall of the uterus. Being the first cause of cramping in pregnancy, implantation cramps are what you may experience in the first trimester. And since the implantation is done, the factor of uterine growth can also lead to cramping within the first two trimesters.
Many of the world renowned doctors have agreed and approved the fact that a major number of pregnant women experience cramps in the initial 15 to 16 weeks into the pregnancy period. A common misconception among many women is that cramping can be a symptom of miscarriage. However, doctors from around the world have ruled it out and denied cramping to be a sign of miscarriages and have also said that it’s also not a cause for miscarriages.
So, if you had that impression of cramps, you can erase that thought from your mind since miscarriages happen when there is an improper development of the egg that got attached to the uterine wall and the body rejects the pregnancy.
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The second trimester usually has the least chances of you encountering cramps, unless you have a multiple pregnancy (More than one child). If you have multiples growing in your uterus then the rate at which your uterus grows increases and reaches the levels it was supposed to reach in the third trimester already.
However, the common ligament pain is also an exception since this kind of pain is caused by the stretching of ligaments due to the growth of uterus. Also, if you have had a case of uterine fibroid’s in the past, you might want to know that you are bound to experience severe pain during the 15th to 18th weeks of your pregnancy.
To the ones who are unaware of the term, uterine fibroid’s are over growths of tissues which are harmless in nature. Now these overgrowing tissues break down when they have not enough supply of blood for them to sustain. When this happens, you may experience severe pain and might even need to be admitted for a while in your hospital to be able to deal with the excess and intriguing pain.
The third trimester cramps are tricky. Being a phase where you are bound to have labor cramps or contractions, you might experience these on a frequent basis and it might not be the labor cramps just yet. However, if you are having these in the second or initial phase of the third trimester, you may want to get it checked since they can be a sign of preterm labor.
Now there are quite a few symptoms which you need to be concerned about. However, there are some which you need not be worried about. Let’s have a look at what to ignore and what not to.
Here’s What You Can Ignore:
If your bowels or gas release give you relief, it is not something you need to be bothered about. You can let it pass if it is not too severe since it may be a gastric issue. However, if it seems to be aggravated, please consult a doctor. While most people call with issues related to cramps, many of the experienced doctors would be asking them if they had sex recently.
Sexual intercourse is one of the most common reasons for cramping during pregnancy. If you did have, then you have nothing to worry about and can be calm about it as long as you keep yourself hydrated. Changing positions might make the cramping in pregnancy better or worse since the uterus may stretch. So see what suits you the best and stick to it.
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Here’s What You Should Not:
If you just had six or more cramps within an hour, you definitely do not want to ignore it since it may be a preterm labor.
Dizziness and bleeding accompanied with cramping is not something to be taken lightly. Forming the base symptoms of miscarriage, bleeding is not to be taken for granted.
Being another symptom of preterm labor is pink discharge which can occur when your cervical length is being altered.
Also, if you have been diagnosed with a short cervix or have a history of preterm labor, persistent cramping is not something you want to let go without consideration.
Intense abdominal or back pains along with vomiting, nausea, fever are the symptoms of kidney stones or gallbladder disease. Kindly visit your hospital as soon as possible if that’s the case.
Also, if your pain is not improving with the change in your positions with time. Do not ignore it. Consult your doctor immediately.
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Your doctor will be more than happy to see you again and assure you that you are fine rather than you being too late in bringing something to his/her notice where something could have been done by intervening. Few of the renowned doctors of the United States recommend the following to deal with cramping while pregnant.
Firstly, it is recommended that you rest and relax and drink lots of fluids and if the pain is too much you might want to take a pain relief tablet. However, check with your doctor before popping those pills.
You are not advised to use heating pad or any such pain relief articles on your abdomen as it can be highly risky during pregnancy to use anything that will increase temperature inside and most importantly to be avoided during the first trimester.
It is highly recommended to take warm showers and take a few breaks during the course of the day for some stretching and sitting since cramping might be aggravated from being in one position for a long period.
Now that you know what cramping is, look out for the above mentioned and be wise in picking what to ignore. If you still have no confidence in the matter, do not take it up in to your own hands. Your doctors would be more than glad to help you out with your concerns and sort them for you. Rumors and misconceptions are best clarified by them.
Do not believe what anyone you know tells you, unless it is your doctor. And it is best when the details of these are not hidden and told in detail to them so that they know what is going on exactly. So, try to be as transparent as possible even if it involves your sex life. Cramping during pregnancy can be frightening enough.
Although it is quite normal to have them, you might want to have your partner on board with you to help you out when you really need it. Do not keep anything from your partner since they can be the ones who act upon it and keep a track of it since you are bound to forget and ignore feeling it is natural.
Having a baby of your own is one of the most magical things in nature and mankind and this period of your life needs to be cherished as much as possible. Do not let anything ruin your pregnancy. If there is something as minor as a desire to itch, get it sorted. You do not want anything to come in the way of you and your baby. And as far as cramps are concerned, do not freak out and panic when you have them. Most of the issues we face in life are not worth being worried about. Keeping that in mind, some are not to be passed on as well. Hence, be smart, patient, and confident and care for yourself like you have never done before because there is a whole new person being developed inside of you. Remember to eat healthy, drink lots of fluids and rest more than you work. You might also want to avoid working in the last trimester so as to not pressurise yourself all through this. Cherish every moment and all the very best to you.