How to Cope with Abdominal Cramps During the First Trimester

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Pregnancy involves a variety of physical and emotional changes as your body transforms with a growing fetus. You might experience unpleasant symptoms during the first trimester, which could cause discomfort. If you have abdominal cramping during the first trimester, it could be normal stretching or it might indicate a more serious problem. Coping with cramping might be challenging, but your physician or midwife will provide guidance and assistance.

  • Call your doctor or midwife to discuss the cramping pain to discern its seriousness. Some cramping might be merely uncomfortable as your uterus begins to expand, states the Cleveland Clinic. Other cramping involving sharp and stabbing pains that might center in a specific area of the abdomen may be a symptom of a serious health issue, states Sisty J. Moshi, author of “Lower Abdominal Pain in the First Trimester of Pregnancy,” published by Global Library of Women's Medicine.

  • Check to determine whether vaginal spotting accompanies the cramping. Cramping in conjunction with bleeding or spotting may indicate a threatened miscarriage, according to the WebMD website.

  • Call your physician or midwife if you have concerns about the cramping. Your health care provider might schedule an exam to assess your condition and determine the nature of the cramping.

  • Follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations for coping with the cramping. Depending on the issue, you might need to rest and suspend your activity or you may need to wait for the pregnancy to progress a few weeks for the cramping to subside.

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