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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?
  • 1 week ago » cocov78 said:
    Currently at 9dpo. Have been feeling extra crampy all the way since ovulation. Seems in excess to what I normally feel with AF is coming.
  • 3 weeks ago » Mainegal14 said:
    have been feeling cramps for the last few days..today I am 5 dpo
  • 3 weeks ago » BabyRN333 said:
    10 dpo, short pms like cramps couple times an hour since 8 dpo
  • 6 weeks ago » HaleyBaby#3 said:
    14dpo AF due today and feeling pressure like cramps mostly on left side with random pinching pain. cant tell if its PMS similar. so.confusin
  • 6 weeks ago » mal8898 said:
    And I have gotten 4 + tests
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