Are mild cramps at 13 weeks cause for concern?

Q: I'm 13 weeks pregnant and so the pregnancy has been very smooth. But yesterday and again this morning I have had mild cramping. The cramps don't really feel like menstrual cramps, more like needing to go to the bathroom. Both times I've been able to put my feet up and drink a couple glasses of water and they went away. Could stress be causing me to feel these cramps or should I be more concerned?

A: There are many reasons for cramping at all stages in a pregnancy and most are not dangerous. At 13 weeks, you may be experiencing the start of round ligament pains from the growing uterus. Mild urinary tract infections can also cause cramping in a pregnancy. Because all cramping should be evaluated, you should call your OB to be seen.