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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?
  • 8 weeks ago » Hopeful&bright said:
    Cannot figure out if I'm going to recieve an early AF because of mild cramping/discomfort in abdomen or if this is the real deal.9dpo
  • 9 weeks ago » sarah.spencer1980 said:
    13dpo i feel twinges in the ovary area and then some dull cramping in my middle abdomen area like AF is due any second. I'm 3 days late
  • 10 weeks ago » Amyliou said:
    Feel very dull period type pains, due on today 12 dpo. Negatives. Different symptom this month is painful nipples!
  • Feb. 13, 2016 10:29am » sar9604 said:
    IUI Feb 2, first round. Now Feb 13. Having cramping from the 5th or so. At first cramping was very central like uterus pain, now in ovaries
  • Feb. 12, 2016 4:19pm » JayBay123 said:
    Also, literally feels like my uterus is stretching. Never experienced this before!
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