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Cramping in Early Pregnancy

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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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695 Responses to “Cramping in Early Pregnancy”

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    chee Says:

    I was supposed to start my menstral on the 16th but it has not came yet and it is no the 24th and I’m still not on what does that mean and I usually have irregular periods but this is too many days I’ve missed I’ve never missed this many days but this morning I use the restroom and I wipe and I seen a little bit of blood very light but you can see it when i wipe I went to the doctor they told me that it might be too early or no to come back in two weeks but I’m kind of confused has anyone ever had this

  2. 694
    Michelle Says:

    Hi Ladies Im 7 weeks is it normal to have no cramps on certain days I usually experience the normal cramping in the mornings and late afternoon but today its still Reason to be worried?

  3. 693
    Elizabeth Davila Says:

    I’m 4 weeks pregnant and I’m bleeding and I have a little bit of pain I don’t know what is wrong and I’ve been to the er and they think it can be a miscarriage

  4. 692
    sandi Says:

    OK, so I found out that I was pregnant while in the hospital. My period was supposed to start about a week ago, and now I’m bleeding and cramping. I have heard that this is normal. But I don’t know how much is too much. The doctors told me I was pregnant, but I’m just really scared that its not. How, without going to the er, can I know that the bleeding and cramping is normal

  5. 691
    tyera Says:

    im am 15 days late on my period. it irregular sometimes but this is the longest I have missed it and I never felt this way in my life. I been having slight cramps and weird little pains in parts of my stomach. I also took 3 home pregnant test that were negative before my the 2weeks came. im going to take another one on my 16 day im late. can anyone tell if I could be pregnant ?

  6. 690
    Fatima Says:

    Hi to all, am 35 years old and TTC Naturally for baby 2 but its been impossible for the past 5 years. Now I had my periods on the 1st of October lasted for 4 days. And I had sex 14 to 15 October 2014 and on the 18th of October I had cramping and lower backache, sore boobs and started light bleeding which lasted for a day and a half but the cramping, bloating, sore boobs, constipation, sometimes diarrhoea, headaches, running nose, sore throat, fatigue, trouble sleeping at night, frequent visits to the toilet. My periods are yet due on the 1st November which is next week Saturday. But now am having clear discharge am really confused of whats going on with me, but am just waiting for next Saturday to see if my periods arrives or not.
    I hope I get the good news, keeping my fingers crossed for this one.
    anyone please can you tell whats wrong with me at this point. ?.??

    Good luck to everyone

  7. 689
    Ashley M Says:

    Im 11 weeks tomorrow and I’ve been cramping since before I found out I was even pregnant, Ive also had spotting and brown discharge, Scared I went to the ER and the baby is fine I just have to take it easy for awhile. Good luck to everyone!!!

  8. 688
    Lori Says:

    I’m so scared. My boyfriend and I had intercourse twice in September and I missed my period of September month also. We had intercourse in the 15 and 25 of September. I missed my period that month also and was scared so I took a pregnancy test on oct 4, one week after we had the second intercourse and it was negative. I keep spotting and I do have irregular periods here and there. I waited a couple more days to take the second pregnancy test which was today and it was also negative. The thing that keeps scaring me is that we used a condom but when I had my underwear and boy shorts on I felt something wet and got scared so we stopped. Is there a chance of pregnancy? I’m so scared right now! Half of me says I’m not pregnant and my boyfriend says he didn’t mess up and it was safe but I keep doubting him and myself. I did research and it says spotting (brownish) is die to stress while I’ve been super duper stressed out for the past week and a half and I’ve lost some weight due to school. Please tell me what you guys think. I honestly feel like I’m not pregnant and I don’t have any symptoms. It’s been almost two weeks since the last time we had intercourse and I’m just waiting to take my third pregnancy test this weekend.

  9. 687
    Allison Says:

    hello, okay 6 days before my period was due I took a clear blue pregnancy digital test and it said pregnant 1-2 weeks,but again, my periods are werid so i never know when they come.. and today I took another one today (3 days before my period now), and it said pregnant again, but I’m also cramping really bad like I’m bout to start my period, boobs hurt? peeing all the time? and eating a lot… can someone tell me what it is?

  10. 686
    Lena Says:

    My last period was 8-24-14 my periods are like clock work my next period was due 9-28-14 thru 10-1-14 im not stressed and i do my daily routine I am a week late with a negative hpt not sure what to think?

  11. 685
    Caroline Says:

    Just wondering If I got pregnant without me realising It.I got severe cramps In my tummy and like someone pulled a plug and all the water feeling came out.

  12. 684
    Myiesha Says:

    Heyyy my name is Saundra and i am 14 years old and I missed my period but I have been cramping,constipated,sleepy,my beast hurts bad, and dizzy I’m not sure if I should buy a pregnancy test yet does this mean I’m pregnant or I just have the flu? Someone plzz let meh know (ASAP)

  13. 683
    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

  14. 682
    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?

  15. 681
    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

  16. 680
    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. ….

  17. 679
    Allie Says:

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

  18. 678
    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!!

  19. 677
    barbara morvant Says:

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

  20. 676
    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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