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A 24-year-old female asked:

i am 7 weeks pregnant. when i stand a lot and walk, i get cramps in my lower back and in my legs sometimes. i had 2 previous miscarriages in 1st trimester. ?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Miscairrage.: I can understand your concern and I would let your OB provider know about your symptoms. However, when it comes to activity and miscarriage there is no strong evidence to suggest that this is a cause for miscarriage.

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