Cramps, pains and aches in pregnancy are completely normal. Your body is changing and adapting so much to accommodate your little baby that it’s no wonder you’re experiencing a little discomfort. By carrying a baby, you’re putting a lot of extra pressure on your muscles, joints and veins which can make you feel uncomfortable around your stomach area.
The ligaments that connect your bones stretch to support your growing uterus throughout your pregnancy which is why when you move around you may feel some pain. You may find more discomfort from lying on your right-hand side – this is because as your baby grows, your uterus tends to tilt to the right side which can cause the ligament to spasm.
Top tips to ease abdominal pain
- Sit down and relax
- Lie down on the opposite side to the pain
- Use a hot water bottle on the painful area
- Have a hot bath
When should I be worried?
Whatever stage of pregnancy you’re at, cramping is very normal. The only time you should be worried is if it’s accompanied by severe pain or bleeding. Contact your doctor if you have any worries or concerns.