Russ & Tracey
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Mild pregnancy cramps that occur intermittently are just a normal part of the birth cycle, but when pregnancy cramps become severe, they are cause for alarm.
Let's examine some of the numerous causes of pregnancy cramps.
These pregnancy cramps may be one of the first signs of pregnancy and are caused when the fertilized egg implants itself into the uterine lining. These pregnancy cramps are something like normal cramps experienced during menstruation.
Increasing hormone levels work to soften your ligaments in preparation for birth, cause a rocking motion in your uterus. These pregnancy cramps are normally nothing to worry about unless they become severe.
These types of pregnancy cramps are quite normal and are usually experienced to some degree in all pregnancies. They are merely your uterus exercising it's muscle in order to prepare for real labor pains in the future.
Hormones actually slow down your digestive system during pregnancy, allowing food to ferment longer in your system causing gas. These pregnancy cramps can be alleviated somewhat by increased walking to get your digestive system moving again.
These pregnancy cramps are usually quite severe and accompanied by vaginal bleeding. Seek medical help right away.
These pregnancy cramps are caused by uterine contractions which cause a hardening of the entire belly and gradually increase in strength and frequency. When these pregnancy cramps are coming five minutes apart, it is time to go to the hospital.
Pregnancy cramps range from the mild to the severe throughout your pregnancy. Never hesitate to call your doctor if you experience truly painful pregnancy cramps.