Help my period finished 10 days ago and now I am having cramps could I be pregnant?
Women experience different types of cramps at different times. Examples are pregnancy cramps, period cramps, ovulation pain/cramps.
Let me further explain when each of this cramps occur:
1. Pregnancy Cramps
Cramps during pregnancy may start as early as a week before your missed period.
Early pregnancy cramps usually happens about a week after ovulation. And it is usually a sign of implantation taking place.
Some women also feel pain when as the shape of their uterus changes to accommodate the growing baby.
At around 12 weeks pregnant some women start to feel pain on one side or both sides. This is due to the ligament supporting the baby stretching.
Wait until you have missed your period, to take a pregnancy test. Taking test to early may result in a false result.
Implantation cramping is an early sign of pregnancy.
2. Period Cramps
Period pain is another common pain that women get monthly. As part of Premenstrual syndrome some women have cramps before their period starts. While some women experience cramps after their period as part of Post menstrual syndrome.
About 50% -90% of women experience menstrual cramps while on their periods.
why do period cramps occur?
Period cramps happen when the uterus contracts to expel its lining. The contraction produces prostaglandins. A hormone-like chemical. Women with more prostaglandins tend to have more severe pain before during or some few days after period has ended.
3. Ovulation Pain
Ovulation is the release or a discharge of a matured egg from the ovary into the fallopian tube to be fertilised by a sperm.
The process of ovulation may be accompanied by a mild pain in either your left or right ovary or in both ovaries.
The first day of your period is the first day of your menstrual cycle. A menstrual cycle usually last between 21-35 days. Most women have a 28 day cycle.
Your Menstrual cycle is divided into two phases:
The follicular Phase: This is the first day of your period up until ovulation. This phase main aim is to develop a follicle which will consist a matured egg to be released at ovulation. Estrogen hormone is produced by the follicle to help the egg mature.
The luteal Phase: Once the egg is released at ovulation a new phase begins. Your estrogen level starts to drop while the progesterone hormone takes over to thicken the womb lining.
When to Worry
You should be worried if the pain is unbearable and more painful than usual. See a doctor who will perform a pelvic examination to rule out other serious gynaecological conditions that may cause lower abdominal pain.
Conditions such as :
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Uterine Fibroid
- Thyroid problem
- Uterine Incapacity
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
6 ways to stop menstrual cramps
1. Use over the counter pain reliever or non steroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
2. Use an heating pad or a hot water bottle on the place where you are experiencing the pain.
3. Reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet
4. Eat more green leafy vegetables
5. Drink chamomile tea. Chamomile helps to relax muscles which can help with the pain during uterine contractions
6. Get some acupuncture. Acupuncture helps with blood flow and to ease pain.