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A 29-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to not see a heartbeat early in pregnancy?

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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
Yes: While the heart may form by weeks 3-5, you may not be able to pick up the fetal heart on routine visits until much later in the pregnancy -> > 10 weeks.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
6 weeks: You can begin to see it on transvaginal ultrasound at 6 weeks or hear it with doppler by 10-12 weeks.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have cramps in early pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Cramping is common early in pregnancy. Cramps can be caused by the uterus growing.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Are cramps in early pregnancy normal?

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Dr. Edward Biggerstaff III
Obstetrics and Gynecology 49 years experience
Yes: As the uterus enlarges, cramping in early pregnancy is frequently due to spasm of ligaments which are attached to top of the uterus. It may occur when walking, getting up from sitting, and can be especially bad with sudden movement. The cramping from round ligaments is not associated with bleeding or pain that is severe and constant. As with any concerns, the patient should see her obstetrician.

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Last updated May 1, 2016

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