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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 » GML1108 said:
    9dpo and having cramps. It's scaring me...
  • 2 weeks ago » Sam Bailey1 said:
    am 6dpo had some cramps last night , very much milder than PMS.
  • 2 weeks ago » dlea35 said:
    7 dpo been having cramps in lower abdomen, i have an itchy rash on neck, have a rash on breasts and been having white discharge since ovulat
  • 3 weeks ago » brittanychavarria said:
    my whole body just aches feel like my blood flow is just at a hault my whole bab
  • 4 weeks ago » loremi8 said:
    im 4dpo and today had sex and I started to cramp, that happens to me when im about to get my period but NEVER before. is this normal?
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