OB-GYN (Obstetrician-Gynecologist) Questions Cramps

What causes cramps during pregnancy?

I am 32 weeks pregnant. I am suddenly feeling cramps in my stomach. What could be the reason for this? Is it something to be concerned about?

9 Answers

Sometimes it is simply a sign of dehydration, or sometimes it is a sign of preterm labor. Please drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day and also avoid sexual activity. If cramps continue, then you should see your ob/gyn.
If your cramps are rhythmical, it can be mild contractions. See your doctor for a pelvic exam.
Talk to your gynecologist to rule out any problems with the cervix, and a pelvic sonogram done also.
There are several reasons for cramping with pregnancy. The most worrisome would be due to preterm contractions. If you have vaginal pressure, pink discharge, you need to call your doctor or go to where you plan to deliver to get evaluated. Constipation, anemia (low hemoglobin, hematocrit) or a urinary tract infection are also reasons for cramping.
Cramping during pregnancy can be sign of preterm labor. You should call your OB and have then evaluate you. However, an occasional "menstrual-like" cramp is normal, but only occasionally; no more then 3 or 4 times an hour, and less then one minute. More then seldom must be evaluated, and treated.
Any cramping should be reported to your OB so he or she can make sure they are not contractions. However, there are many reasons for cramping that are not contractions that include bladder issues, stretching of the uterus and just movement of the baby. Let your doctor know about the cramping. 

You could be having Braxton-Hicks contractions which occur in virtually every pregnant woman. These are small uterine contractions occurring during the third trimester which do not cause cervical dilation and are equivalent to the uterus “practicing” for labor.
However, there are many possible causes which may be detrimental to your pregnancy including infection and premature labor.
You should see your obstetrician asap.
It could be a serious symptom of preterm labor. Please consult your provider of prenatal care or go to the nearest hospital for evaluation.
Abdominal cramps in pregnancy can be for many reasons, first it depends on which part of the abdomen you are feeling them, if they are generalized all over, then most likely you are dehydrated. Sometimes, it could be a muscle strain. Usually just cramping is not a bad sign, it’s just your body telling you that you need to pay more attention to it. But if the cramping is happening with other signs especially bleeding, then you need to call your doctor right away.