When stomach cramps in early pregnancy are a cause for concern
How to know when you should probably be contacting your doctor or midwife
Strong pain and bleeding do not always signal a miscarriage, but do call your doctor, midwife or hospital if you experience any of the following:
- The cramps are accompanied by tenderness low down in your belly
- There is heavy bleeding like a day's heavy period
- You have seen some spotting either continuously or on-off, either recently or a few days before the cramps started
- If the pain is severe and lasts for more than 24 hours or is more severe when you strain on the toilet or when you move about
- There is a sharp pain particularly on one side. Your doctor will probably ask you this, as speedy treatment if an ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed can potentially save the fallopian tube
- If there are clots of pink or grey tissue in your discharge or you feel dizzy
If you have an ectopic pregnancy and the problem is not found soon enough, the fallopian tube can split and cause internal bleeding. So if you’re noticing symptoms such as feeling hot and feverish, a pain in the shoulder or pain on one side of your abdomen combined with general stomach pain then you should go to hospital to be checked out.
Sadly, miscarriage does affect anything up to 15% of all pregnancies. Though your chance of having on is lower if you have never had one before. Find out more about signs of miscarriage to be aware of and if your pain is accompanied by bleeding, you will need to be seen by a doctor. This should help your peace of mind too.
What can be done?
If your medical team is at all concerned, there are many tests that can be carried out to check that your baby is OK, and give you some reassurance. These include non-invasive treatments such as an ultrasound scan.
It is important to remember that the majority of pregnancies are seen through to a safe and successful conclusion. Once your doctor or midwife is happy that you and your baby are fine, you will probably be advised to simply rest as much as possible.
What if you do have a miscarriage?
If you have a miscarriage in early pregnancy, there is little that can be done to save the baby. However, it is important that you are seen by a doctor or at your local hospital to check that your body is recovering OK.
Find out more about what happens after a miscarriage, how to cope with the emotional upheaval and what to know before you try to conceive again
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