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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?
  • 3 weeks ago » Thumbwalker14 said:
    3 days of cramping like AF but no bleeding - feels weird as I'm really weepy too which is unlike me but bfn :( period was due 3days ago
  • 3 weeks ago » mbjbkaaa said:
    I am 10 dpo and have quite strong pms like cramps. it feels like period is on its way. I am still hoping tho..
  • 7 weeks ago » Nickinae said:
    crampy on and off.. bloaty.. tired.. but energetic if that makes sense...and dry heave every now and then but also have a yucky flemy cold..
  • 7 weeks ago » 16mommytobe said:
    I'm 12 DPO and started cramping today like I do before my period, which should have came 4 days ago but hasn't, could I be pregnant?
  • 7 weeks ago » Samkennedy25 said:
    Ain't had a period since may 24th n been cramping off and on I'm confused am I pregnant m the cramps are from that? Need advice please
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