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9 1/2 weeks pregnant and experiencing severe cramping?

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I am 9 1/2 weeks pregnant and for the past two days I've been experiencing severe cramping in my lower back and lower abdomen. Is this normal? Also I've been very lightly viewing for 6 days now.

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replied January 10th, 2012
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Mild abdominal cramps during early pregnancy could be the Braxton Hick’s contractions. If these are associated with spotting, increasing intensity of abdominal cramps or back pain, then it should not be ignored. You should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist/midwife for thorough evaluation. If pregnancy is confirmed, go ahead with getting serial HCG levels estimated. Doubling up of the hormone levels in 48-72 hours will show that pregnancy is going on smoothly. If levels are not adequate, then external hormonal supplements would be considered to be started to help you in preventing miscarriage/threatened abortion. An ultrasound scan done will also help to confirm gestational age of fetus/baby along with fetal wellbeing and viability. Treatment as needed (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you control the symptoms and progress with pregnancy smoothly. Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid all activities that cause increase in abdominal pressure.
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