Sometimes during pregnancy a woman will feel a slight bit of cramping. This can be perfectly normal so there is nothing to worry about unless it becomes a chronic problem or the cramps are severe in nature. Note that severe cramping is never a part of a normal pregnancy so pay attention to the level of cramping if you should be experiencing any discomfort. There are also a lot of symptoms that can be accompanied by cramping which may point to a more serious issue. If you notice that you have any of the following symptoms accompanied by cramping then you should contact your doctor right away.
A pregnant woman should never under any circumstances ignore a fever. A high fever is not only a sign that something is wrong but it is also very dangerous for the unborn baby. Studies have shown that a high fever can lead to brain damage in a developing fetus so it is essential that you get that fever down right away and seek medical attention should you begin to run a temperature. Obviously, there are a number of conditions that could cause you to develop a fever but if you have a fever in conjunction with abdominal cramping then you can be sure something is not right. Do not panic as medical technology is so advanced that chances are everything will work out just fine. However, you should never ignore any signs and symptoms that something could be wrong in your pregnancy.
Some women do spot a tiny bit in early pregnancy or at the very end. This is also something that can be quite normal and no cause for alarm. But if a woman who is pregnant notices a significant amount of blood or if the blood is bright red then she should contact her OB/GYN right away. There are a number of conditions and issues which could cause a pregnant woman to bleed abnormally and the sooner she gets medical attention the better her chances and her baby’s chances are to be treated efficiently.
Strange Vaginal Discharge
During your pregnancy you should not notice an excessive amount of vaginal discharge. At the very end of your pregnancy you may notice a mucous like discharge and this is actually the mucous plug that covers the cervix. At the end of pregnancy vaginal discharge like this, even tinged with a little bit of blood is an indicator of the onset of labor. However, at other times during pregnancy there should not be a lot of vaginal discharge. This is especially true if there is a foul odor associated with it. In fact, any woman experiencing an abnormal vaginal discharge, whether she is pregnant or not should seek medical attention.
Fainting Spells or Dizziness
When you are pregnant there are a lot of things going on with your hormone levels. This could lead a pregnant woman to become light headed upon standing too quickly, especially during the first trimester. However, frequent dizziness and fainting spells may mean there is something else going on. There are a number of conditions such as high blood pressure, pregnancy induced diabetes and several more that could cause these symptoms. If you are experiencing anything that seems abnormal for you then it is best to talk it over with your doctor.
Severe Lower Back Pain
As your pregnancy progresses you may notice some lower back aches and pains as a result of the growing fetus pressing on nerves. But if you should develop lower back pain that seems almost unbearable then you should be seen by your doctor to be sure there is nothing more serious going on. Cramping and lower back pain that are occurring at the same time could be a sign of miscarriage or early labor so be aware of your body and pay attention to the signals it is sending you.
A Word on Ectopic Pregnancy
An ectopic pregnancy, also called a tubal pregnancy occurs when the egg and sperm meet in the fallopian tubes and the egg attaches to the inside of the tubes rather than making it all the way to the uterus. This can occur as a result of scar tissue from previous pelvic infections or procedures such as abortion. In some cases it can happen to women who have never had a problem that they are aware of. The trouble is that a tubal pregnancy can be fatal. Sever cramping in the first three to four weeks of pregnancy could be an indication of an ectopic pregnancy and this should be monitored carefully.
Some of the Normal Reasons for Cramping During Pregnancy
When a woman first becomes pregnant a process called implantation occurs. This is when the fertilized egg actually attaches to the lining of the uterus. Some women do experience period like cramping when this happens. Gas is another common problem that can lead to painful abdominal cramping. Another common occurrence during pregnancy is constipation and this can definitely lead to cramping and discomfort. In addition, false labor, also known as Braxton Hicks contractions can cause quite intense cramping. Finally, at the very end of your pregnancy, when you are almost ready to go into labor, you may experience some cramping.
One of the biggest complaints that pregnant women seem to have is that they are seriously limited on what they can do to relive their aches and pains. While it is alright to take Tylenol once in awhile most doctors try to discourage the use of any other type of medication unless it is completely necessary. If you are having gas then you can try taking a long walk or going for a swim. Sometimes this will dislodge the gas bubbles and allow you to pass them. If you are suffering from normal back pain then sometimes stretching or changing positions will help. The main thing to keep in mind is that these things will not last forever and women have been dealing with them since the beginning of time. As long as you and your baby have been given a clean bill of health and all is well, there are just some aspects of pregnancy that you will have to endure. In the end the pay off will be well worth while.
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