Pain During Pregnancy
I just found out I am pregnant. My problem is: I began having
cramps that felt like menstrual cramps prior to the time my period
was due... the cramping sensation with pulls and sometimes even
sharp pains on either side of lower abdomen have continued. My
nurse at my ob office said that is normal. Is that true? Why? Should
I be concerned? No other symptoms such as bleeding.
Cramp-like pains at the beginning of a pregnancy are quite
common. They can feel like sharp shooting pains on either side of
the abdomen and can stretch down into the groin area. This
sensation is due to the stretching of the ligaments in the pelvis that
help keep a woman's womb stable. The ligaments are being
stretched during early pregnancy because the uterus is growing
and putting pressure on the muscles that surround it. This
sensation is more pronounced with a first pregnancy.
There are several things a woman can try in order to relieve the
pain. Anything that helps her relax is good first step. Some women
are helped by placing a heating pad on their abdomen, taking a
warm bath or drinking a cup of hot tea. Heat tends to relax the
muscles that are causing the pain. She might also try changing
position, sitting down or lying down with her feet up. If cramps are
accompanied by bleeding, fever, chills, or watery vaginal
discharge a woman should immediately consult her doctor.
Cramping in combination with other symptoms may be a sign of a
more serious condition.