Q: I have cramps in my belly when I get out of bed. Is this normal?
A: Yes. You are describing round-ligament pain, which commonly begins around the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy as ligaments stretch to support your increasingly heavy uterus. Many women report a sharp or crampy pain on either side of the abdomen midway between the hip and the bellybutton when getting out of bed, standing up from a seated position or just at random times. The pain usually subsides in a matter of minutes and is nothing to worry about. You should, however, contact your doctor if you experience severe abdominal pain or recurrent diarrhea or nausea, as these could be symptoms of kidney stones, appendicitis, a bowel abnormality or some other medical problem.