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What can be the reason for cramps during pregnancy?


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Answered by

Dr. Sonal Prasad

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At September 23, 2016
Reviewed AtJuly 3, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I received a couple of faint positive pregnancy tests two weeks ago. Then, I went to my primary physician for another urine test, which came out as negative. Later, I felt some cramping on and off all day on my left side. The cramps were similar to premenstrual cramps along with sore nipples, increased saliva, and sense of taste, absent-mindedness, forgetfulness, very noticeable fatigue, occasional backache and headache, indigestion, burps and frequent urination. I was anxious and read about ectopic pregnancies and decided to test that night. It was a darker line than the previous tests and the result was pretty fast. When I tested the next morning, it was even darker and the result came very quickly. Then, two digital tests a couple of days after being positive. What can be the reason for my pain? Can it occur from a corpus luteum cyst and pregnancy? Is it safe to say that I am pregnant because of the tests becoming darker? Or were they possibly all false positives? I feel like the cramps are a bit more spaced out and less frequent now. Also, there has been no bleeding. I have my first appointment scheduled 15 days from now, but I am hoping for a little insight. I am currently on Vitex capsules 400 mg, GNC prenatal vitamins and fish oil pills. Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Sonal Prasad


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your instincts are very correct. It could be an ectopic pregnancy or an intrauterine pregnancy. But, it is very important that you differentiate them. Get a serum beta hCG report done that is the human chorionic gonadotropin test is a blood test to detect the amount of pregnancy causing hormone in the body and an ultrasound early pregnancy to rule out ectopic pregnancy and confirm cardiac activity. Please get the investigations done early asectopic pregnancy if ignored can be life threatening. Also, it will help us start pregnancy support if you require it. Stop all other medication except prenatal vitamins as other medications may hinder organ development in early pregnancy. You may start them at the end of the first trimester. Also, take small frequent diets.

Investigations to be done

Serum beta hCG and USG early pregnancy to rule out ectopic and confirm cardiac activity.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sonal Prasad
Dr. Sonal Prasad

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