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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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  • 3 days ago » laura1986 said:
    5 dpo feeling strong pulling sensation on left hand side
  • 1 week ago » delilah34 said:
    I have been having this constant pinching pain on my left side. It is near like where my ovary is. It started at 7dpo
  • 3 weeks ago » TheCountryGirl78 said:
    I just had a very sharp pain on my right lower abdomen! I'm 7DPO.
  • 3 weeks ago » Alishacolin said:
    Anyone feel a pulling sensation behind belly button? Don't no my ovulation date but period is suppose to come on the 9th of this month
  • 3 weeks ago » anastazi71 said:
    I am 11 dpo and i have been experiencing pinching since 5 dpo, which is when I believe that I had implantation occur.
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