Cramps During Early
Pregnancy - Tips To Help
Reduce The Pain
By Terry Edwards
Cramps during early pregnancy are something
that happens to many women. Your body is
changing and getting ready for your baby to
There are ways to treat cramps during early pregnancy. A good
way to relieve cramping is by applying heat. A heating pad to the
lower abdomen works wonder for cramps but be careful to not get
it too hot. You may take acetaminophen for pain relief if needed.
Sometimes this will help take the edge off of the cramps. But
ibuprofen or other NSAIDS should not be taken during
pregnancy. Never take any drugs unless it is allowed by your
Take care of yourself by getting
plenty of rest and eating right.
The changing hormones in your
body can slow down digestion
and make you constipated,
which can cause abdominal
pain. If you feel that you may be
constipated, increase your fiber
and water intake.
Finally, another way to help
relieve cramps in pregnancy is to
abstain from sex. Sex does not
hurt you or the baby but may
increase the cramping and cause
some spotting. The combination
of cramping and spotting can
make you think that you are
having a miscarriage.
Cramps during early pregnancy are
quite common. Cramps should be
mild and never unbearable.
However, if they become severe or
are more prevalent on one side and
are accompanied by any other
unusual symptoms, let your doctor
know right away.