Pains in your first trimester of pregnancy (weeks 0 to 12) - Stomach pain and cramps in pregnancy

Cramps, a bit like period pains, are very common in early pregnancy. These are usually caused by changes in your hormones and by your growing womb.

Sometimes stomach pains in early pregnancy can be a sign of something more serious.

When to get medical help in your first trimester

Non-urgent advice: You should contact your GP, maternity unit or hospital if:

  • you have pain passing urine (when you pee) - this could be a sign of a urine infection
  • you have blood in your urine or smelly or cloudy urine - these could be signs of a urine infection
  • you have any bleeding from your vagina - this could be a sign of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy
  • the pain is severe, located mainly on one side, or if you feel dizzy or weak - these can be signs of an ectopic pregnancy or appendicitis
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Page last reviewed: 20 May 2019
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