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Pulling/Pinching

Very Early Pregnancy Symptom

Symptom Details

Pulling and pinching describe the feelings some women experience in early pregnancy. It may feel like muscles are stretching or being pulled, or that you are being pinched on the inside. These feelings occur in the abdomen, uterus and ovary area. These types of sensations are not only common but very normal. Some women experience these feelings as early as implantation when the embryo attaches itself to the uterus (6-12 days after ovulation). There are a lot changes happening in your body, even in very early pregnancy so cramping and similar sensations are to be expected.

Related types of abdominal sensations: cramps similar to those experienced just prior to or during menstruation, cramps that differ from their usual PMS or menstrual cramps, mild pressure, quick sharp pains or twinges.

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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  • 2 days ago » rachierae26 said:
    Pullling/pinches/twinges all day today 10dpo. Neg test, cycle 34 days. Anyone get positive results after this if they tested neg at 10dpo?
  • 2 weeks ago » sinfully said:
    i had a 28 day cycle ! I miss a 2 months now bleeding but had pull n pinching but no cramping. .hmmmm !
  • 3 weeks ago » shany89 said:
    started today, im 9dpo.. a pinching feeling on left side of uterus
  • 3 weeks ago » Jaymeegibbons said:
    Definitely had this today. It is pinching that makes it feel like my uterus is itchy. Lol. That's the best way I can describe it. 9 dpo. Ttc
  • 3 weeks ago » HzlGreenEyes said:
    UPDATE! It was a sign BFP 13 dpo
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