Cramps are normal
The period of pregnancy is closely related to abdominal cramps. These cramps can occur any time starting when your menstrual cycle disappears on early pregnancy, until just before childbirth. Cramps when you miss your menstrual cycle indicate that there is an embryo growth process in your uterus. Rather than being a bad sign, this is a good sign that the embryo is developing completely.
The remainder of the follicular shell that releases an egg, or what is known as the corpus luteum, grows and gets bigger. This corpus luteum will later produce the hormone progesterone which will help during pregnancy. The production of the progesterone hormone by the corpus luteum will stop when the placenta starts producing its own progesterone hormone. This will cause cramping in one part of your stomach. The muscles that support the uterus will stretch and expand during pregnancy. This can also be one of the causes of the appearance of stomach cramps period of pregnancy.
Cramps at the end of pregnancy or just before delivery can be a sign that the mother’s body is ready to give birth. This one cramp is not a scary thing, and it is even something that expectant mothers have been waiting for. Very mild cramps indicate that there are mild irregular contractions. These light contractions are a process by which the uterus is warming up for labor.
Watch for cramps early in pregnancy!
Some of the above examples of cramps are harmless cramps. However, in reality, stomach cramps can be a sign that the pregnancy is in trouble. Cramps in early pregnancy as soon as the menstrual cycle has disappeared can be a sign that there may be something wrong with the embryo’s development. If you experience this, contact your gynecologist immediately.
This kind of incident requires treatment and care as soon as possible. To make sure that your embryo is fine and developing properly, it is necessary to do an ultrasound examination. Cramps that get worse and get worse in the early to mid-pregnancy period can also be a sign of a miscarriage. Especially if these cramps are followed by bleeding, so quoted from the American Pregnancy Association.
cramping during pregnancy can also indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy itself is a pregnancy condition in which emryonic cells do not develop in the uterus. In an ectopic pregnancy, the embryo usually occupies and grows in the fallopian tube. The fallopian tube doesn’t have enough room for an embryo to develop. As a result, the mother-to-be will experience severe cramps as a result of the widening and stretching of the fallopian tubes. This can endanger the mother-to-be if it is not detected and treated immediately. The mother-to-be can experience death as a result of the widening of the fallopian tubes. (Read: Ectopic Pregnancy and Causes)
Stomach cramps after 20 weeks of age can be dangerous
Severe abdominal cramps that occur over a short period of time and occur between the 20th to 37th week can indicate the occurrence preterm labor. Several medications are known to stop the rupture of the amniotic fluid and help the fetus’s lungs to be better prepared, in case premature birth does occur. Cramps at the end of pregnancy, apart from being a sign that labor is imminent, can also indicate if the fetus is wrapped in the placenta. A fetus entangled in the placenta can harm both the mother and the fetus itself. If this happens, labor is necessary.
Treatment for normal cramps
When you feel cramps during pregnancy, it is recommended that you sit with your knees straight in front of you. In addition, drink as much as possible and bathe using warm water.
Never underestimate stomach cramps, even though you are absolutely sure what causes the cramps. Some things that are dangerous and threatening like an ectopic pregnancy are not characterized by the appearance of pain. So when you start to feel stomach cramps, consult a doctor immediately. Immediate treatment can save your fetus and fallopian tubes. Cramps that occur more than 8 times an hour or 4 times in 20 minutes at 20 weeks of pregnancy indicate that you may be giving birth prematurely.