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Uterus pain in early pregnancy

Mild uterus pain is a natural early sign of pregnancy and can occur in the first trimester, as early as 5 or 6 weeks after a woman’s last period.

Since it is a tiny muscular organ about the size of a grapefruit, the uterus has suddenly to twitch and stretch constantly to hold something that is not normally there!

This may be perceived as pain or mild cramping in the uterine or lower abdominal area. Most pregnant women feel pulling, pinching or weird “fluttering” like something moving, but obviously, it is not.

Most often, there is nothing to worry about if you feel a pulling or pinching sensation in your uterus early in pregnancy. It is a natural reaction indicating that everything is progressing normally, but not all women have these sensations.

Causes of uterus pain in early pregnancy

After implantation, the baby’s fertilized egg attaches on to the uterus mucosa and spreads over the tentacles to latch on.

Once there, it grows gradually and will only develop by getting more space downward and forward. So it digs deeper and deeper, secreting hormones that make your body welcome and nourish this little ball of cells.

HCG hormones (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) are furiously secreted to also stimulate the uterus to stretch and adapt to your unborn baby.

Every time stretching occurs in your abdomen or pelvis, you may perceive it as pain or mild cramping in your uterus or lower abdomen area.

This feeling may be accompanied by spots or bleeding typically light red, brown or pinkish. It may simply be an implantation bleeding and does not mean something wrong is happening.

This occurs 6 to 12 days after conception and can often be confused with a specific period since it is around the time expected.

However, increased pain or more severe cramping with heavy spots or bleeding should be reported to your doctor. This may be a sign of a serious problem.

Sharp uterus pain in early pregnancy

Seek emergency assistance if you experience sharp or persistent uterus pain associated with symptoms of vaginal bleeding, high fever, fainting, nausea, chills or dizziness.

These signs may indicate a serious emergency such as miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Besides spotting or vaginal bleeding, symptoms of miscarriage may also include:

  • Uterine or pelvic pain.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Abdominal pain.

When in doubt, it is always recommended to visit the hospital for an examination and symptomatic treatment. The medical staff will assess your symptoms and decide whether it is physiological or pathological pain of the uterus.

There is no treatment to save pregnancy in case of miscarriage, but in some situations, medication or surgery may be required.

How to ease uterus pain in early prenancy?

You can ease mild uterus cramping at home by paying more attention to rest, taking a hot (not very hot) shower or bath, and drinking plenty of water and fluids.

Inform your doctor of your symptoms, he may recommend another safe form of treatment for your pregnancy.

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