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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?
  • 1 week ago » avega73 said:
    I am currently 8dpo and woke up this morning with what felt to me as menstrual cramps, I am not due to have my menstrual until March 5-7
  • 2 weeks ago » LillieBelle88 said:
    BFP at 16dpo. Now at 18dpo and I have cramps. Feels like AF is coming but doesn't. Eases fairly quick but is usually followed by nausea
  • 2 weeks ago » Mariyam123 said:
    10 dpo.. In the evening started cramping..
  • 3 weeks ago » kanesuzi said:
    12dpo with standard BFP
  • 4 weeks ago » mscmarks said:
    11 dpo. idk what to do
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