Q&A: Pains and cramps in abdominal area
In 2009 I was pregnant but had a miscarriage when I was eight weeks. I am now twelve weeks pregnant and have pains and cramps in my abdominal area. It all started when I was seven weeks and I went to see the doctor for a scan. He said the baby is fine, and the reason why I am in pain is because my womb is stretching. After getting a second opinion with the same response, the pains are continuing. Because of my previous miscarriage, I am stressed and worried that I will miscarry this pregnancy as well. Please help.

Tina Otte answers:

At twelve weeks, you are usually past the most critical time in your baby’s development and pregnancy. With your history I can understand why you are concerned and you have every right to feel that way. You have done the right thing and checked with your caregiver and if s/he feels that
your pregnancy is safe – so you can relax!

Sometimes worrying can cause cramps as we release hormones that could cause the uterus to contract. You may indeed be feeling your uterus stretching, although I am sure it is more the ligaments around the uterus that you may feel stretching. At the end of the day, get into a lovely warm bath, dim the lights in the bathroom and have a time out.

Pop a few tablets of Rescue Remedy under your tongue whenever you feel anxious. Should there
be any bleeding however contact your caregiver immediately.

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