I’m six weeks pregnant and have been experiencing mild stomach cramps and tender breasts. I’m scared I’ll miscarry.
Obstetrician Dr Vijay Roach says:
Mild stomach cramps with a period-pain quality are common in early pregnancy. They probably reflect the uterine muscle cramping as the uterus enlarges. Breast tenderness, nausea, frequent urination, fatigue and food cravings are also common. If your pain is severe or feels more to one side, have an ultrasound to exclude an ectopic pregnancy (outside the uterus, and usually in the tube).
Unfortunately, 15 per cent of pregnancies do end in miscarriage. There is virtually nothing you can do to prevent this, as most miscarriages reflect a problem inherent in the baby, and not in the mother or her behaviour. Bleeding does not always occur so, if you are unsure, the best test is an ultrasound.