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Can stressful situations during the second trimester of pregnancy cause uterine cramping? It seems when I'm really stressed, I get cramps.

Can stressful situations during the second trimester of pregnancy cause uterine cramping? It seems when I'm really stressed, I get cramps.

Uterine cramping: There is no question that stress can cause uterine cramps. Try techniques to reduce stress such as relaxation therapy, sel-hypnosis or image therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Didn't have sex, read pregnancy is still possible so I've stressed over it all month & now my period is late. I'm having cramps. Two negative tests?

Didn't have sex, read pregnancy is still possible so I've stressed over it all month & now my period is late. I'm having cramps. Two negative tests?

Read where?: I'm not sure where you read that one can get pregnant without having sex? Reproduction is very simple --- sperm is released from a penis and deposited in a vagina where it travels up and fertilizes an egg leading to pregnancy. If sperm was not deposited on or in your vagina then you can not be pregnant. ...Read more

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Period is late 1 day, stressed had protected sex 2 weeks ago, lower bk pains, lower Tummy cramps, moody, period or pregnancy? Need help!

Period is late 1 day, stressed had protected sex 2 weeks ago, lower bk pains, lower Tummy cramps, moody, period or pregnancy? Need help!

Could be either: Taken by themselves, your symptoms could be either -- but are more likely premenstrual in origin because you said you had "protected" sex. If you are not sure how "protected" this actually was -- or you miss your period by a week or so -- you could take a home pregnancy test and get a more reliable answer. ...Read more

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My period is 4 weeks late, I came off the pill 2 months ago, stressed recently, have stomach cramps and feeling dizzy. 2 negative pregnancy tests?

My period is 4 weeks late, I came off the pill 2 months ago, stressed recently, have stomach cramps and feeling dizzy. 2 negative pregnancy tests?

Anovulation: It sounds as if you are experiencing anovulatory cycles. These are cycles where the ovary fails to release an egg. This causes temporary hormonal disruption. ...Read more

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My period is late 10 days today I have a very very dry vagina I have all period like symptoms eg back ache headaches cramps food cravings I took a pregnancy test on day 8 and it came out negative I hope im not pregnant and im very very stressed out becaus

My period is late 10 days today I have a very very dry vagina I have all period like symptoms eg back ache headaches cramps food cravings I took a pregnancy test on day 8 and it came out negative I hope im not pregnant and im very very stressed out becaus

Listen to your body.: But don't stress so much worrying about whether you're pregnant that you make your period be late and have back aches and headaches. Remember, our bodies don't get graded on how well they answer test questions, and some bodies have to be asked a test question 2 or 3 times before they answer it "right". If answer still isn't "right" f/u with your pmd. ...Read more

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Frequent cramps during my pregnancy, what could be the cause? 13 weeks pregnant now.

Frequent cramps during my pregnancy, what could be the cause? 13 weeks pregnant now.

Cramps pregnancy: Not uncommon. As long as there is no bleeding. Not to worry. Assume you have had your first ob visit alread? Hope so. If it persists, worsens or is associated with bleeding contact your ob. Hope this helps. Good luck ...Read more

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What causes acid stomach with severe nausea during early pregnancy. My stomach burns similar to gastritis. I have also had bowel cramps for 5days now.

What causes acid stomach with severe nausea during early pregnancy. My stomach burns similar to gastritis. I have also had bowel cramps for 5days now.

Pressure ; hormones: Increased abdominal pressure during pregnancy, coupled with hormonal effects, cause esophageal reflux and heartburn. The nausea could be due to that or just the pregnancy itself. ...Read more

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Do women typically get colds during early pregnancy? Also really stressed out and strange "period". Which is the more likely cause?

Check: If you've have unprotected sex and you think you are pregnant, please take the test. And if you are pregnant visit you OB/gyn and start Folic Acid that is if you are not already taking it.
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Cramps during pregnancy with no bleeding?

Cramps during pregnancy with no bleeding?

Need more info: How many weeks along are you? Spotting? This is important to discuss with your OB today! ...Read more

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Will worry during pregnancy make you cramp?

Will worry during pregnancy make you cramp?

Possible: Although, cramping pain in pregnancy can be caused by a multitude of causes, worry/anxiety if not causing will at least contribute to it. ...Read more

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Is bleeding & light cramps normal during pregnancy?

Is bleeding & light cramps normal during pregnancy?

Yes: This is a very common complaint during the first trimester, but you did not specify exactly how far along you are. Call your doctor and see if you should be seen. ...Read more

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So I realize spotting during early pregnancy is normal. But would you have cramps at the same time or no?

So I realize spotting during early pregnancy is normal. But would you have cramps at the same time or no?

Not normal.: Any bleeding during pregnancy needs to be evaluated promptly by your doctor. About 50% of women experience some degree of bleeding in early pregnancy making it very common but not normal. Most are fine but sometimes bleeding can indicate a tubal pregnancy or miscarriage. ...Read more

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What are the causes of period like cramps in late pregnancy?

What are the causes of period like cramps in late pregnancy?

Uterine contractions: Contractions occur infrequently in pregnancy, but get more frequent and stronger as pregnancy goes on. They are a "practice" for labor, when the contractions become regular (every 5 minutes or so) and increasingly strong. ...Read more

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What causes cramps in pregnancy?

What causes cramps in pregnancy?

Uterus: The uterus is what cramps during pregnancy. This could be a normal process. It is caused by the growth of the baby and your uterus reacting to it. If you are contracting though you ought to see a doctor to make sure everything is okay. ...Read more

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Are cramps during pregnancy irregular?

Are cramps during pregnancy irregular?

Many causes 4 cramps: Cramping in pregnancy can come from several things from bladder infection to early labor. It is always best to contact an OB provider when they occur so such problems can be assessed and put into perspective given the patient's medical history and status. Thanks for asking @drpam. ...Read more

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How long does the cramps last during pregnancy?

How long does the cramps last during pregnancy?

This varies: Cramping in pregnancy has different causes at different times in the pregnancy. In the first trimester cramping is usually due to the uterus stretching. Braxton-Hicks contractions (false labor) can cause cramping in the third trimester. Changes in calcium needs can also cause cramping which is usually in the legs. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How early do back cramps start during pregnancy?

They don't: Not sure exactly what back cramps are? Many pregnant patient have pain in the low back in the third trimester due to posture changes. ...Read more

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I am havin cramps during my pregnancy what should I do?

I am havin cramps during my pregnancy what should I do?

Rest and hydrate: Some cramping is normal due to the stretching of the growing uterus. You don't mention how far along you are but usually rest and hydration will help. If you are in the 3rd trimester, these may be Braxton-Hicks contractions which are like practice contractions. Theonly way to tell them from labor is to see that they don't change your cervix. If rest and hydration don't make them better, see your doc ...Read more

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During pregnancy is there a specific side that should cramp after sex?

During pregnancy is there a specific side that should cramp after sex?

No: There isn't a specific side that should cramp. It can depend on how the baby is laying inside the uterus. Best Wishes! ...Read more

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Period was 11days late (just started tonight) had a few pregnancy symptoms tho. Could I still be pregnant? What would cause it to be late with cramps

Period was 11days late (just started tonight) had a few pregnancy symptoms tho. Could I still be pregnant? What would cause it to be late with cramps

If it is your actual: Period then you aren't pregnant. If uncertain then take a pregnancy test. Reasons for missed / late period include: an anovulatory cycle in which no egg is released, marked v or ^ in weight; eating disorder; over-exercising (endurance athletics), travel, significant illnesses, oral contraceptives ; other meds, illegal drug use, breast feeding, hormone imbalances and medical problems (i.e., pcos). ...Read more

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Cramp pain during 12th week of pregnancy. This is my first pregnancy, is it normal?

Cramp pain during 12th week of pregnancy. This is my first pregnancy, is it normal?

Depends: Some mild cramping is normal in pregnancy. Cramping that happens less than 5 times an hour is usually braxton hicks contraction which is usually very mild. Cramping can also happen from your bladder specially if you are dehydrated. Persistent an painful cramping must be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be pinching cramp like pain in ovaries area during early pregnancy?

Is it normal to be pinching cramp like pain in ovaries area during early pregnancy?

No: Its not normal to be able to "feel" your ovaries EVER!
Minor aches and pains can occur in the pelvis or low back any time!!!!!!
Hope this helps!

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What causes leg cramps in pregnancy? Can I avoid it?

What causes leg cramps in pregnancy? Can I avoid it?

Electrolytes: Electrolytes are not a form of illumination, rather they are ions such as sodium, potassium, etc that circulate in your blood stream that if are not in correct balance can cause leg cramps in pregnancy. Make sure you are eating potassium rich foods like bananas. I hope I was able to shed some "lyte" on this problem. ...Read more

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Medication for cramps experienced during pregnancy on the hands and limbs?

Medication for cramps experienced during pregnancy on the hands and limbs?

Cramps: Frequent muscle cramping can occur from deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, sodium or potassium. Remedies commonly used are taking magnesium and correcting deficiencies of the other conditions. However you should not take anything without checking with your obstetrician who may order blood tests to investigate your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cramps 3 days before my periods can this be pregnancy?

What are the causes of cramps 3 days before my periods can this be pregnancy?

It would be: More likely to be premenstrual cramping or it could be from GI origin. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cramp during ovulation? Having lots of pregnancy symptoms, possible implantation?

Is it normal to cramp during ovulation? Having lots of pregnancy symptoms, possible implantation?

Likely mittleschmerz: Many women feel small pains around ovulation, before-during-or after - its called mittleschmerz. There are some abnormal causes of pain around ovulation but most often it's normal. Individual women choose different words to describe it, many in my practice describe 'pinging' or 'cramping.'. ...Read more

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Are heavy cramps and vomiting normal during the early stages of pregnancy (approx 5 weeks) or should we be concerned?

Are heavy cramps and vomiting normal during the early stages of pregnancy (approx 5 weeks) or should we be concerned?

Morning sickness: Nausea is a very common symptom of early pregnancy. There are medications available to help with that. If you are concerned about the cramping then schedule a visit with your Obgyn soon. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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