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Cramping in Early Pregnancy

Cramping in Early Pregnancy

Many women get concerned by cramping that they experience in early pregnancy. Some might worry that this is a sign that their pregnancy is not viable and that a miscarriage is on its way. Fortunately, more times than not, that isn’t the case.

Cramping in Early Pregnancy is Common.  And usually normal.

Implantation Cramping

In the first few weeks of pregnancy, implantation cramping, oftentimes accompanied by implantation bleeding, occurs when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus.  Some women might feel implantation cramping as soon as seven days after they ovulate, while others might not feel cramping at all.

Cramping may continue throughout pregnancy as the uterus prepares to carry a baby for nine months.  Your uterus is a big organ and as it grows in early pregnancy cramping is not uncommon. If the cramping is constant or too intense for you to handle however it may not be “normal” and you should call your doctor for reassurance.

Round Ligament Pain

Cramping after the initial stages of pregnancy is called round ligament pain.  These cramps may be dull and achy, or a sharp pain that you notice when changing position. This cramping occurs because the muscles under your uterus expand and grow in order to support the weight of your uterus and baby as it grows. This is probably the most complained about cramping in pregnancy, and one most pregnant women will experience.

Should I Be Worried?

Cramping in early pregnancy is usually nothing for a woman to get worried about. Actually you may be comforted by knowing that if minor pregnancy cramping does occur, then your body is probably preparing as it should to sustain the pregnancy.  But as always, if you are concerned or ever feel that the cramping is not normal, be sure to call your doctor for advice.

Could I Be Pregnant?

If you are Trying To Conceive, this could be good news!  Compare your symptoms to other Early Signs of Pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, today’s Home Pregnancy Tests can show positive results as early as a week before your period is due.  If you’re not ready to buy a pregnancy test just yet, enter your last menstrual cycle date into our Due Date Calculator to determine when you ovulated last.  That will give you a little insight too!

Did you experience pregnancy cramping? Please share your story with us.


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683 Responses to “Cramping in Early Pregnancy”

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    tyniesha Says:

    I’m 18 years old I’m cramping before my miss period. I Don’t know I’m pregnant or not but im bleeding and cramping the same time. I might be pregnant cause I’m having the pregnancy symptoms early before my miss period. I want to know what I should do

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    opal Says:

    I had a miscarriage on July 10 and need to know if I could be pregnant I had sex about 3 days after the bleeding ended and I missed my period on the July 24 and now it’s august 1 and I’m cramping but it’s a different feeling and I want to know if I should go get a test now or wait?

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    Taylor Says:

    I am 15, I was one day late of my period. So my mom got me 3 test
    all came up positive within 1-2mins well later I found
    out I’m 4week and now one day. :( I’m cramping in
    my stomach under my boobs. Its so uncomfortable
    idk what to do. I haven’t notice any blood but I’m so
    paranoid. I honestly dont want to lose my first baby
    I been with the same person for 3yr 6months n honestly
    I am just wondering could it b bad gas or acid reflux
    causing this or am I stressing it way to much?
    PS got a doc app July 23.2014 5weeks

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    Angela Says:

    I havent taken a test just yet. But i am late a little over a week and i feel as though i am….i mrarely ever miss my period and now i am cramping i have been pregnant before like 4 1/2 years ago resulting in an ectopic pregnancyand i had to terminate the pregnancy at 11weeks and a year before that i was also pregnant. And at 7 weeks i miscarried… im trying to do and be different this time around. ….

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    Allie Says:

    It’s okay just be calm while your cramping!!! No matter what you will still have a baby coming your way!!!

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    Patrice Frazier Says:

    I’m 10 weeks….the cramping is normal I wouldn’t worry unless there is bleeding along with the cramps….mine felt a lot like I wAs going to start my period even my lower back was hurting but it’s a part of the implantation which causes cramps so don’t be alarmed and CONGRATS!!

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    barbara morvant Says:

    I’m 7weeks and I’m cramping it scares me

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    Rhi Says:

    I’m 7/8 weeks pregnant and I am getting cramps. Is it normal or should I be seeing my gp?

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