Mar 01, 2012
Cramping is a common condition in early pregnancy that may be observed to be related to cramps that one experiences at the time of menstruation.
Minor cramps are in itself a symptom of pregnancy and indicate normal progression of pregnancy i.e. that of the body in preparation for the baby's development. If you have been experiencing severe anguish as a result of cramping during the early phase of pregnancy, here are some things you can do to ease the pain.
In order to ease cramping during early stage of pregnancy you must stretch your legs before going to bed.
For leg cramps, use long strokes in downward direction i.e. from knee to ankle. Rub, squeeze and knead the cramping muscles in the way you like. If the pain is extreme and you just cannot move enough to massage on your own, take help from your partner.
A combination of stretching and massage is a wonder treatment for cramping during pregnancy.
Another way to ease cramping during early pregnancy is to take a warm bath. However, make sure that the water is not hot. The heat will help to relieve cramping by relaxing the ligaments and muscles.
Applying heat on the affected areas can relieve cramping. This can be done either by a hot water bottle or heating pad but ensure that it is not too hot. It works wonders in bringing ease to abdominal cramping during early pregnancy.
Most pregnant women face the problem of constipation in early stage of pregnancy. Abdominal pain that stems out from constipation can add to cramping. Increase the intake of water and fibre in your diet. If the problem persists, talk to your doctor.
Take care of yourself by taking plenty of rest. If you are tired or stressed, even minor pain will seem very annoying to you. Taking adequate amount of rest will surely ease cramping during early pregnancy.
Even though mild cramping is normal during pregnancy, if it exacerbates and becomes annoying then there is reason to worry. Severe cramping that is accompanied by bleeding must be immediately taken care of.
Cramping during pregnancy is inevitable and because there could be so many reasons why you are suffering from it, preventing it is rather tough and almost impossible. If the pain is excruciating and none of the above mentoned remedies work, make sure that you visit your general physician as soon as possible.
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