Implantation (when your baby attaches to the lining of your uterus) cramps & crap do happen, so don’t worry. Stretching of the uterus and even your round ligament can most definitely cause cramping. Your round ligament is a connective tissue that has a connection point to your uterus. So as the baby’s growing and your uterus expanding, the excess force on your round ligament can cause some pain.
These type of cramps, as long as they occur without bleeding, are normal! Now, if your cramps are accompanied with blood then you need to see your health care provider ASAP, especially if it is bright red blood. If you soak a pad within an hour of bright red blood it means you are actively bleeding. But, old blood will look brown in color. Often you will experience some light bleeding with implantation. Some women think their implantation bleeding is their period and do not recognize that they are pregnant until later. Whoops! But regardless, a little bit of bleeding early in your pregnancy is ok, but if it's ever excessive or a large flow of bright red blood, check with your doctor.
Stomach cramps can also be mistaken for diarrhea, which is a common side effect of high progesterone, a pregnancy hormone. Implantation diarrhea is very common because of these changing hormone levels. That said, through the rest of your pregnancy, you’re more likely to be constipated because that wonderful growing baby is using all the useful vitamins and such that you are not. That’s why you should take a prenatal vitamin with a stool softener. If you’re curious about what are the best prenatal vitamins or why you should take them, listen to Pregnancy Pukeology Podcast Episode 3, you can thank me later.
Remember, the pregnant immune system is also decreased. So be sure to stay away from anyone with communicable diseases and stay healthy! Keep in mind that if you have baby #1 in daycare, they exposed to more germs than we want to think about. So be sure to take personal hygiene measures to protect yourself against the cold, flu, or Rotovirus. And if you do get a nasty bug with excessive puking and pooping, be sure to stay hydrated! While diarrhea during your first trimester may occur, it often doesn’t mean much. But diarrhea later in pregnancy is worrisome and can be associated with miscarriage.