I am 29 years old and 18 weeks along with my second pregnancy. I've have had endometriosis since I was 20. A "home remedy" holistic book recommended red raspberry pills to strengthen the uterus and relieve morning sickness. It did help my nausea, but I started getting contractions so I quit taking them. My morning sickness is finally gone, but I am still experiencing a lot of lower abdominal pain like menstrual cramps. Should I worry? My doctor is keeping a close eye on me because I went into labor at seven months with my first child.Question:
It would be impossible to tell if the red raspberry had any relationship to your cramping. I feel that all remedies should be okayed by a provider, even so called holistic or naturopathic treatments.
Cramping is normal, but for those women at risk of premature labor, it can serve as a red flag. We know that cervical changes may occur silently, but they can also be heralded by lower pelvic cramping and/or backache. The ligaments that stretch during early pregnancy can cause cramping, but this is usually right- and left-sided pain.
I would recommend that your doctor or midwife do a cervical exam to rule out premature cervical changes. Increase your fluid intake and rest more if possible.
I hope things continue to go well for you. Good luck.Answer: