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Should I Worry If I'm Cramping on One Side?

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Updated November 16, 2009

Question: Should I Worry If I'm Cramping on One Side?

I know mild early pregnancy cramps are usually normal, but I'm having these recurrent twinges of cramping on the right side of my lower abdomen. I'm 5 weeks pregnant. Is this a sign of ectopic pregnancy?

Answer:

You should definitely check with a doctor if you feel cramping that seems to be more toward one side of your abdomen. Mild and transient one-sided cramping usually won't mean you have an ectopic pregnancy (the most common reason for cramping is ligaments stretching), but persistent cramps on one side can be an indicator of ectopic pregnancy, so it's better to err on the side of caution and call your doctor.

Contacting your normal doctor is probably sufficient if the cramping is mild and you don't have any other signs of ectopic pregnancy, but go to an emergency room if the pain becomes severe or if you develop other concerning symptoms.

Sources:

Abdominal pain or cramping. March of Dimes. Accessed: Nov 12, 2009. http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/159_15241.asp

Ectopic pregnancy. Penn Pregnancy Health Center. Accessed: Nov 12, 2009. http://www.pennmedicine.org/health_info/pregnancy/000216.htm

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