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Is it normal to be crampy while pregnant?

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01/02/15

Abnormal Pregnancy Cramps

Always see your doctor if your cramping is persistent or severe. Severe cramping in particular should always be investigated in order to rule out ectopic pregnancy. If you think you have signs of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy, go to the emergency room right away. Also, if your cramping seems to be focused on one side of your lower abdomen, call your doctor to be on the safe side even if the cramping isn't severe; one-sided pain can also be a sign of ectopic pregnancy.

Normal Early Pregnancy Cramps

Even though cramps can sometimes indicate problems, cramping in pregnancy is probably normal more often than not. As your uterus begins to grow, you can feel mild to moderate cramping in your lower abdomen or your lower back. This cramping may feel like pressure or stretching, or it may feel similar to menstrual cramping, but mild, transient cramping in early pregnancy is usually normal and not a sign of miscarriage. Mention it to your doctor at your next prenatal appointment, but there's probably no immediate cause for concern if the pain isn't severe, isn't one-sided, and is not accompanied by bleeding.

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