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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?
  • 6 weeks ago » kreep13 said:
    cramping was like nothing I've felt before. pinching/pricks started at 6dpo ended 8dpo. 10dpo now I just have dull cramps.
  • 8 weeks ago » LilyLight said:
    10dpo. Constant mild cramping across lower tummy. Gets worse when I lay down, making me feel a bit nauseated.
  • Mar. 1, 2016 4:18am » Anxiousme said:
    Cramping at 9 dpo today...yesterday it was at the central lower abdomen...today it has shifted to right ovary position
  • Feb. 25, 2016 10:56pm » Mummyonemorexo said:
    Been achy in joints since 7dpo backache from 456 dpo on n off 89dpo
  • 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
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