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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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Are you experiencing Cramps (Like PMS/AF)?

What Day Past Ovulation are you? Is this a new symptom?
  • 2 days ago » cuddles123 said:
    im not sure when my dpo is i know the first day of my last AF was 6/10. I feel really sore on my left side had a npt today
  • 2 weeks ago » Knittedanna said:
    7/8dpo- experiencing backaches and dull cramping sensation on left side! I hope this is it!! BABY DUST TO EVERYONE!
  • 5 weeks ago » M.parsons said:
    Backaches and cramping for at least 4 days now.. 7 DPO?
  • 5 weeks ago » kaitlinenglish said:
    Had weird sharp cramps on my left side a few days after ovulation, now about 7 or 8 dpo and having AF like cramping and backaches.
  • 7 weeks ago » suzanne72 said:
    had cramps for last 3 days im 10dpo
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