As if pregnant women don’t have enough to worry about (as if it’s not hard enough to be pregnant), what do you do when you are pregnant and suddenly have stomach cramps.  First of all, don’t panic.  Panicking never helps anything. 

Most often, stomach cramps are completely harmless while you are pregnant.  They can be your body stretching to accommodate your growing uterus or Braxton Hicks Contractions.   Because pregnancy can weaken your immune system, it’s not uncommon for pregnant women to end up with a stomach flu, or even food poisoning. 

The signs and symptoms of these are the same for non-pregnant women.  Abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, etc.  The most important thing is to remember to stay hydrated.  The actual sickness will not harm you or the baby if you can remain hydrated.  Our bodies are amazing and will take care of your unborn above all else. 

I have a rule, that I always at least call my doctor when I experience something new.  Even if I think it is harmless. I’m not worried about them thinking I’m a crazy, worried pregnant woman.   After all, what is the harm in calling?  That is part of their job, the job that you (and your insurance) pay them for.  They would rather you call and be safe than sorry.  Plus, it will put your mind at ease so you can focus on healing and growing that baby.  You absolutely must call your doctor if you have abdominal pain mixed with spotting, new back pain, lightheadedness or dizziness, or a fever.  These could indicate more serious problems that need attention.  

-Stephanie Wright

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