When should I worry about abdominal cramps?

Stomach pain + abdominal cramping is totally normal during pregnancy and can be linked to everything from contractions to gas! At every stage and trimester, a whole new slew of culprits show up as to why. During the 1st trimester, there’s increased blood flow to the uterus that can lead to mild pain, while the expanding of the uterus can lead to round ligament pain in the 2nd + 3rd trimesters. In some cases, stomach pain can signal something more serious, like a UTI, miscarriage, preeclampsia or even labor. When is pain more than pain? To be on the safe side, always contact your doctor if you’re concerned about cramping. And if it’s severe pain, go straight to the hospital. Also get in touch with your healthcare provider if your pain is joined by any of the following: 

  • Spotting/bleeding
  • Fever/chills
  • Headache
  • Vision changes ((ie blurred vision, flashing spots, sensitivity to light, or temporary blindness)
  • Dizziness
  • Pain/Burning during urination
  • Steady contractions (hellooo labor)