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What causes belly cramps in pregnancy?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Many possibilities

Lots of organs and structures are pushed around by the growing uterus.
So aches or discomfort in the abdomen can come from many places, including stomach, small or large intestine, liver, kidneys or urinary tract, ovaries and tubes and uterus. Self-diagnosing and self-treating can be not only incorrect but also potentially dangerous to mom and baby. Women should never hesitate calling an OB doc.

In brief: Many possibilities

Lots of organs and structures are pushed around by the growing uterus.
So aches or discomfort in the abdomen can come from many places, including stomach, small or large intestine, liver, kidneys or urinary tract, ovaries and tubes and uterus. Self-diagnosing and self-treating can be not only incorrect but also potentially dangerous to mom and baby. Women should never hesitate calling an OB doc.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Gas or contractions

The uterus is a muscle and tends to contract against stretch, so you will have contractions throughout pregnancy.
Progesterone is a smooth muscle relaxant which helps the uterus to relax against the strain. Unfortunately, it also helps the bowels to relax so your digestion slows and gas builds up. Eating small meals frequently helps.

In brief: Gas or contractions

The uterus is a muscle and tends to contract against stretch, so you will have contractions throughout pregnancy.
Progesterone is a smooth muscle relaxant which helps the uterus to relax against the strain. Unfortunately, it also helps the bowels to relax so your digestion slows and gas builds up. Eating small meals frequently helps.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Many reasons

Your uterus could be cramping.
This can happen because the uterus is growing. It can also be a sign of preterm labor so you want to talk to your doctor. You could also be cramping because of ingestion, constipation, etc.

In brief: Many reasons

Your uterus could be cramping.
This can happen because the uterus is growing. It can also be a sign of preterm labor so you want to talk to your doctor. You could also be cramping because of ingestion, constipation, etc.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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