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Cramps (Like PMS/AF)

Very Early Pregnancy Symptom

Symptom Details

Cramps in early pregnancy are not only common but very normal. Some women feel cramping as early as implantation when the embryo attaches itself to the uterus (6-12 days after ovulation). Others may start cramping after their first positive pregnancy test as their uterus starts preparing to carry a baby for nine months. The uterus grows quickly in early pregnancy and cramping is expected.

Some women report the cramps they experience in very early pregnancy are similar to the cramps the experience just prior to or during menstruation (and some may dismiss them as their impending period). Others say they are quite different from their usual PMS or menstrual cramps, or feel like mild pressure, or quick sharp pains.

If you are experiencing any pain that does not seem "normal" or that is very painful, you should consult your doctor, especially if they are accompanied by bleeding.

Comparison Chart

The chart below shows a comparison between the number of times this symptom was experienced by pregnant vs non-pregnant women.


**NOTE: Data for 15-21 dpo tends to be lower than expected as many women stop tracking symptoms after a positive pregnancy test.

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What Day Past Ovulation are you? Is this a new symptom?
  • 5 days ago » keyana14 said:
    started felling this at 5 dpo but today at 6dpo at 6;44 pm laying in bed it feels like i am going to start kinda like a heavey or dull pain
  • 5 days ago » Natashat said:
    11 dpo, had a faint positive 5 days ago. Having cramps and spotting today, week before period is due.
  • 7 weeks ago » ArtyMeDonnaB said:
    Had a faint positive on pregnancy test this morning... But I'm also getting period pains... Hope I def am pregnant. Have to wait till tom!
  • 7 weeks ago » kiarabernadette said:
    I also had cramps since 6/7 dpo
  • 7 weeks ago » kiarabernadette said:
    9 dpo now, and i have AF-like cramps almost all day. i kinda think AF will comes early even tho I always got 30-31 cycle.
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