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Severe stomach cramps during pregnancy

  1. Severe or severe abdominal cramps during pregnancy are different from normal abdominal cramps associated with pregnancy. Especially when there is blood loss or severe attacks of pain, something serious can be going on. Learn to recognize dangerous stomach cramps.

Severe abdominal cramps are not normal pregnancy symptoms

  1. Abdominal colic is part of pregnancy and has various causes. This could be tire pain due to the growth of the uterus or rumbling intestines. It can also be hard stomachs or exercise contractions. A severe stomach cramp is not a normal phenomenon during pregnancy. Those who suffer from this more often must urgently see a midwife or doctor. Especially when this is accompanied by blood loss. There could be something wrong with the baby or with your own health. In cases of very severe abdominal cramps you can go to the doctor or midwife too often more often than let it take its course, with all the consequences that entails.

Ectopic pregnancy

  1. In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg has nestled outside the uterus. It continues to grow there and will cause damage to, for example, the fallopian tube as it grows. There is a very severe stomach cramp that can radiate to the back. An ectopic pregnancy has no chance: the fetus cannot develop sufficiently and will always die. An ectopic pregnancy is urgent because irreversible damage and heavy bleeding can occur. See a doctor or midwife immediately if you suspect this.

Threatened miscarriage

  1. A miscarriage occurs in over 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies. A miscarriage is therefore not a strange phenomenon and it happens to almost every woman. A mild stomach cramp or loss of air is not a reason for a miscarriage. Things change when the stomach cramps get worse. Often there is also blood loss. There is then talk of an impending miscarriage. At the moment it is not yet certain whether the fruit / fetus will survive. The more severe the stomach cramps and the longer they last, the closer to miscarriage. A miscarriage can cause severe stomach pain with sometimes severe colicky attacks. Find an attitude that is most comfortable for you. Lying on the side or hanging over a chair or the bed. You can also walk. Blood loss can be compensated by means of maternity pads: this is larger than the normal sanitary pads. Do not use tampons at all. A miscarriage is usually unstoppable: often a construction error is the cause and the fetus will have no chance of survival.

Premature birth

  1. Premature birth is when the baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Between 22 and 32 weeks, one even speaks of an extremely premature birth or extremely premature. Premature birth can occur for a variety of reasons and will usually be the first characterized by abdominal cramps that become progressively worse. These are the dilation pains. Contractions start in waves and have a clear peak. Sometimes there is blood loss. Amniotic fluid can also be lost. If you have severe cramps that continue to increase and follow each other closer together, think of a premature birth and contact the midwife or doctor immediately. In some cases the contractions can still be stopped. In other cases, the baby can still be helped. In the Netherlands, premature babies from 24/25 weeks are helped.

Practice contractions can feel intense

  1. Practice contractions are different from hard bellies. Hard bellies can occur quite early in pregnancy. Hard bellies should never hurt, but they do make you feel uncomfortable. Practice contractions are the near-real contractions and can be quite painful. Yet they shouldn't hurt so much that you end up with severe stomach cramps. It could then be that the practice pangs have turned into real opening pangs.

Severe stomach pain due to intestinal problems

  1. Under the influence of pregnancy hormones, the intestines do not work as you would like them to. In particular, there may be a blockage. Constipation creates a pressure in the abdomen and the feeling of being full. Abdominal pain also occurs quickly, this can be attack-wise with certain movements or be present continuously. The abdominal cramps can become quite severe, with barely being able to walk. Often there is a total blockage. Do not keep walking around with this, but see a doctor. He can prescribe a laxative, often a powder that must be dissolved in 2 to 4 liters of water (depending on the agent). Watery diarrhea will soon follow. With a light constipation, this can be remedied by eating high-fiber in particular. Also drink enough fluids: at least 2 liters of fluids per day. Laxative foods include gingerbread, yogurt, syrup, figs and dates, plums, apricots, and chewing gum.

Diarrhea, appendicitis, allergy, intestinal problems

  1. Other causes can cause severe abdominal cramps without having anything to do with the pregnancy. Conditions such as Cröhn's disease, spastic bowel or other diseases often cause violent attacks of cramping. Allergies also cause severe stomach pains. A stomach ulcer also has this phenomenon. Diarrhea is often the result of an infection with a bacteria, virus or fungus. While these are all annoying, the baby is often not at risk. Except infection with certain bacteria that can cause abnormalities in the baby.

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