Most pregnant women complain about abdominal cramping. In major cases, this abdominal cramping is not at all detrimental for the health of the expectant mother as well as the developing baby.
But you cannot always ignore these pregnancy cramps as they may also be the sign of a severe problem! And in case, abdominal cramping is of the persistent nature then it should be immediately reported to your doctor.
In order to keep any complication at bay, it is necessary to know what these abdominal cramping may indicate to the pregnant women. Here are the 4 tips on what abdominal cramping during pregnancy can indicate.
One of the severe problems that may be indicated by the abdominal cramping is that of ectopic pregnancy. In this case, cramping is usually caused in early pregnancy. It may be as early as 4 weeks post fertilization. But most often it occurs after 6 to 7 weeks after fertilization. You must immediately consult your doctor if you experience – bleeding or vaginal spotting, pelvic or abdominal pain or tenderness, pain in your shoulder tip, pain that deteriorates with coughing or while making bowel movements or with increased physical activities.
Despite the fact that it is quite usual to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions, constipation or gas and bloating, if these symptoms are experienced along with abdominal pain then they should be reported to your doctor.
If you experience abdominal cramping, which persists for a longer duration and along with it if other symptoms like fever and chills, bleeding or spotting, nausea with vomiting, vaginal discharge, and lightheadedness are also experienced then it could indicate something serious about your pregnancy. Your doctor should be informed about these symptoms so that any complication in the near future could be avoided.
Preeclampsia is another condition that could be indicated by abdominal cramping. In this case, along with abdominal cramping, other symptoms such as puffy eyes, swollen hands and face, sudden and undue swelling of feet and ankles are also observed in the expectant mothers.
In severe cases, the sufferer may also experience nausea with vomiting, awful headaches along with visual problems, and acute pain (with tenderness) in the upper abdomen. Pregnant women experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical help otherwise it could be harmful for some key organs of the body.