Mild cramping

I'm nine weeks pregnant and still experiencing mild cramping in my uterus on a regular basis. Should I be worried?

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Until the uterus becomes a pelvic organ in the second trimester, it is still prone to the sensations that you experience as menstrual-type cramping. Contractions of the uterus occur all throughout the day and night, increasing with exercise, orgasm and even simple changes in position. It is perfectly normal to experience these as cramping, and they will go away during the second trimester, becoming more like the abdominal tightenings that are called Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Of course, if the contractions become frequent and regular, and especially if associated with any bleeding, they could be signs of miscarriage. It is a good idea to inform your care provider of these. An ultrasound or listening to fetal heart tones with a doppler could be reassuring for you at this point.

Good luck with this pregnancy.

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