Early pregnancy symptom

The chart

Comparison of how often this symptom is experienced by pregnant vs non-pregnant women.


After implantation (9 dpo+)
experiencing this symptom
the probability of pregnancy


Overall (during the luteal phase)
experiencing this symptom
the probability of pregnancy




About this symptom


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.


Summary of chart

An explanation of the affect on the probability of pregnancy for each day past ovulation or group of days.

0 dpo - 9 dpo

Does not significantly affect probability of pregnancy

10 dpo - 13 dpo

Slightly increases probability of pregnancy

14 dpo - 18 dpo

Increases probability of pregnancy


Detailed breakdown by DPO

Shows data for days where differences are meaningful.

Day past ovulationPregnant vs non-pregnant
11 dpo 1.2 times more (+20%)
12 dpo 1.3 times more (+23%)
13 dpo 1.3 times more (+29%)
14 dpo 1.4 times more (+36%)
15 dpo 1.4 times more (+35%)
16 dpo 1.3 times more (+30%)
17 dpo 1.4 times more (+31%)
18 dpo 1.3 times more (+30%)
Understanding the data

Pregnant women experience this symptom the number of times listed as often as non-pregnant. The percentage listed refers to the percentage increase or decrease between pregnant and non-pregnant.

Visit the dpo chart pages to view most common and significant positive and negative indicators of pregnancy for each day past ovulation.




What women are saying about this symptom.

Sunflower8803  2 years ago
11 dpo today and have been experiencing pinching sensations since yesterday. Fingers crossed since this isn’t common for me!

Dezzies  3 years ago
I am 8DPO and a slight pulling feeling in my lower abdomen has been my only symptom thus far. It does not hurt, just feels present.

OhBoyOrGirl  4 years ago
9dpo had some pinching feeling on left side

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