The possibility of cramping during the early weeks of pregnancy is completely normal. It is a very common experience undergone by many women, and there is nothing to be worried about it. However if the symptoms persist and the discomfort gets too much to handle, consulting your gynecologist always helps. There are certain major reasons for cramping that early in pregnancy, especially in and around the 4th week. Some of them are as follows:
- Bloating and indigestion in the first trimester adds to the general cramps you will experience. This is one of the most crucial periods in a pregnancy as the uterus is being built to ensconce the baby safely. The stretching of the uterus to make space for the rapidly growing baby is the primary cause for pregnancy cramps. As long as there is no bleeding, you need not worry. However if there is some amount of spotting then consulting a gynecologist is a wise thing.
- Cramping can also take place due to abnormally low levels of the HCG hormone. Mild to moderate cramping is completely normal and there is no reason for you to be worried. General aversion to food and continual nausea and vomiting are also causes of cramping.
- Constipation and gas are also fairly common occurrences during this period and therefore need to be addressed when dealing with the issue of cramping. Also, trusting your instincts regarding mild cramping and pain is ideal since a woman’s instincts about her body are, more often than not, correct.
- Mild exercises also help in dealing with these unwanted cramps. For example, Lamaze classes, mild yoga, stretching and warm-ups can help the body deal with the intrauterine changes taking place, loosening muscles and relaxing the muscles. Thus cramping is fairly common in early pregnancy and should not cause undue tension.