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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?
  • 3 weeks ago » crunchyadventurer said:
    6 DPO, very light bleeding today. TMI!!! I use a diva cup and when I pulled it out it was a string of cm tinted red/pink. Low central cramps
  • 7 weeks ago » Lconnolly said:
    Been having mild cramping since 5DPO. It definitely doesn't feel like AF cramping.
  • Feb. 10, 2017 6:46am » beaedghill said:
    At 4dpo had peruod like cramps. At 5dpo that morning received a huge temp shift.
  • Oct. 20, 2016 7:08pm » mistycosme@gmail.com said:
    My husband and I had tlc In the night after orgasmn I got really bad cramps for like 3 mins... 14 dpo is this normal
  • Aug. 23, 2016 1:21pm » KaDiraBaby said:
    I'm 12 dpo, been cramping since 6 dpo when implantation happened. Nothing painful, just a light fluttering and slight twinge.
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