Sudden bouts of pain around the abdominal area, similar to menstrual cramps, during pregnancy can be alarming. There are some absolutely safe reasons for cramps during late pregnancy, such as those experienced during the 33rd week. However, menstrual cramping in other stages of pregnancy can signify grave complications.
It is always better to consult your medical doctor if you experience menstrual cramps while you are pregnant, especially if the cramps are continuous or if they are followed with other symptoms.
The Main Causes Of Menstrual Like Cramping During Pregnancy Are
Stretching Of Ligaments
During the second trimester or after completion of the second trimester a pregnant woman may experience mild or moderate cramps around the abdominal parts. The cramps may feel like a muscle being pulled and the intensity of the cramp may lessen after few moments or when the movement of the body is changed.
Such kind of menstrual cramps happen due to ligament stretching and are known as ligament pain. A ligament is a band of tough fibrous tissues linking bones or gristles or supporting muscles or uterus. The cramps occur when a woman makes a movement, such as getting up from a chair.
The pain usually begins from the pelvic region and spreads to the abdominal parts. When the pain spreads to the abdominal parts it feels much like a menstrual cramp. Ligament pain is temporary and diminishes after few seconds on its own. If the pain persists then you must contact your medical doctor on urgent basis.
False Labor Pains
Irregular intermittent contractions, also referred to as the Braxton-Hicks contractions, are common during the 33rd week of pregnancy. The Braxton-Hicks contractions are similar to menstrual cramps, but some woman do not experience any pain when such contractions take place.
During these contractions the uterus and the muscles around it tightens up. False labor pains may become more persistent and increase in frequency as the pregnancy advances. One simple way to distinguish between real contractions and false cramps is by walking around. Walking does not stop real contractions, but walking may stop false cramps due to movement. Another way to differentiate between the two is by timing the contractions.
False cramps occur at an irregular time gap, whereas, actual contractions are uniform time gap apart and also last around the same amount time. If you are under labor, then the contractions will keep increasing in time and the time gap between them will keep reducing. Actual contractions may also be accompanied with vaginal discharge.
Placental Abruption is a pregnancy complication that can happen during the late stages of pregnancy. Placenta abruption refers to the separation of the placenta from the inner wall of the uterus before the baby is born. Placenta abruption is accompanied by menstrual like cramping and severe back ache. Women also experience menstrual bleeding. Contact your doctor immediately in such a situation.
Menstrual like cramps during pregnancy can sometimes be a symptom of the high blood pressure condition pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia causes sudden swelling of the hands, feet and face. In pregnancy you should take no chances and consult your medical doctor at any moderate sign on discomfort.
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