Cramps ─ Symptoms of Pregnancy

Cramps Symptom Overview

Cramps that are experienced during pregnancy occurs in your abdomen or uterus and will range in pain from mild to severe. Implantation cramping can start 8-10 days after ovulation, when the fertilized egg implants in your uterus, but will subside after having a positive pregnancy test. As your baby develops, your expanding belly adds pressure on the muscles, joints, ligaments and organs. You will begin to feel muscle and ligament cramping on one or both sides of your abdomen, or toward your back, as your uterus stretches. These types of cramps are completely natural and normal. If you experience cramping accompanied by bleeding or spotting you should contact your doctor.

How to Alleviate Cramps During Pregnancy

  • Lying down on your side, in the fetal position with pillows between your knees, can help alleviate pain.
  • Take a hot shower or use a hot pad on the cramping area.
  • Have a nap.
  • Get a message from your partner.
  • Make sure you are hydrated by drink water or none caffeinated tea.