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Cramps (Not 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 quite different from their usual PMS or menstrual cramps. Others say they are similar to the cramps they experience just prior to or during menstruation (and some may dismiss them as their impending period), 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?
  • Nov. 16, 2015 9:52pm » Breeze said:
    I'm currently 18 dpi, but at 6 dpo I had very bad cramping, felt like labor pain even radiated down my inner thighs, let up after about 30 m
  • Oct. 30, 2015 3:30am » Pinknv said:
    Cramping pain in right ovary area that feels like they're shooting back towards my anus and up to my lower back 5-6DPO
  • Sep. 24, 2015 6:58pm » taradanaxoxo said:
    been having cramp on right lower pelvic area when I try to sit straight can feel back is tight and achey never had these pains ever
  • Sep. 19, 2015 7:00am » katie4stew said:
    yes really painful
  • Sep. 17, 2015 3:43pm » Steph814 said:
    I am 9po and i am crampy but negative test - is this normal ???
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