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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!

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1 month 6 days ago
Hey girls, I’ve been trying to conceive I yet haven’t had a missed period. I’m expecting it around this week no later then the 28th of this month. I’ve decided to take a pregnancy test prior to me having very bad cramps, constant diarrhea , stomach pain and knowing their hasn’t been protected sex. I took two first responses both came out positive, took one clearblue digital and said I was 1-2 weeks pregnant. I did some research and prior to my symptoms they said it was normal, the diarrhea is happening due to my body releasing all the stuff… Read more »
4 months 6 days ago

My last period was on December 31st and my ovulation started on the 4th my most fertile date to have sex was the 8th but on that day i started spotting i bleed then spotted all the way until the 14th then it was gone my period is not for another 3days but im having cramping like symptoms on my left side of my stomach and i was told to test today should i?

4 months 7 days ago

I had sex on January 9th 2016 and I been cramping ever since I been sleeping all day I will wake up then get sleepy again my appetite changes and I been having headaches am I pregnant ?

4 months 24 days ago
Ok so me and my boyfriend had sex 4 weeks ago my period was 2 days late and the 3rd day I had it but it was an odd color and I also had ah stabbing pain in my stomach that shot down and made my vigina hurt i wasn’t really worried tho until today because I’ve noticed I’ve been falling asleep extremely early which is odd for me cause normally I can’t sleep any ways I’ve been falling asleep early and feeling really tired and having headaches I’ve also noticed I’m get sick to my stomach randomly and that… Read more »
4 months 28 days ago

Iam 4 weeks and i have cramps in my right side what does it mean

5 months 23 days ago

Hi I’m 7days late i’m never late but for some reason this time feels a lot different I feel like my periods are coming but nothing and cramping and getting cravings and sleeping during the day getting tired… I took a test came back neg could I be pregnant because I feel like I am but is it to late to detect. I am still Breastfeeding my baby as well.

5 months 29 days ago

I think i am 3 weeks pregnant, i had really bad cramps and lower back pain, it was unbearable at times, but i had no bleeding or any other problem. However the pain stopped completely now, is that normal for the pain to just go away like that? I have an appointment this coming Monday, but i am just so scared that maybe i lost the baby.

6 months 2 days ago

Am 25yrs i had my perionds nomally starting on 4th-7th in November 2015,but in November 19th 2015 am feeling crumpy ache in the lower tummy and my breasts are sore,am too gasy is it possible that i could be pregnant,plesase i need ur help.

6 months 13 days ago

Limas ur ovulation day had passed by probably that’s why u didn’t conceive u should have tried way before the 16th u should have tried on the 9th-12th.

8 months 1 day ago

Hi. Everyone need an urgent advice pls I started my peroid 28agust 2015 and ended @ 2ndsept 2015 I invited my bf over on the 16th of sept and had sex that same day. I was expecting to be feverish, but wat I saw is my period again, I wansnt expecting it wat I. Was expecting was to be pregnant..!! Is it that I’ve gave it enough space before havving sex or I don’t know when I do ovulate am just confuse here.

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8 months 4 days ago

Hi I’m 3 days late im always late but for some reason this time feels a lot different I feel like my periods are coming but nothing and cramping and getting cravings and sleeping during the day getting tired… I took a test came back neg could I be pregnant because I feel like I am but is it to late to detect

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8 months 18 days ago

My bf and I had unprotected sex last Monday night, i think I was having ovulating cramps all of Sunday and Monday last week but I wasn’t certain being I just stopped taking depo over 2 months ago, yesterday I started having some really bad cramps and now I am wondering if I could be pregnant.

10 months 20 days ago

My period started on june 7 and was over on june 11.. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on the 12 for a week. I have symptoms of being pregnant like neausea, headaches, moodswings, tired more lately.. I also started spotting on july 1 then on the 3rd it went to dark red and to a brown color on the 4th.. my period came a week early.. My period is due on july 6.. I took a pregnany test on june 30 it came back negitive..

natasha chirima
1 year 1 month ago

Am 21wks but I also heavy on my left side, am just worried coz if I try to change a side during sleeping thts wen I feel the cramp

1 year 1 month ago
Hi I’m also 18 years and two months pregnant I’m now having almost all of the syntoms including the pain in my lower tommy its very normal so don’t make it a worry unless ur bleeding cuz I have a friend who is suppost to be 5 months pregnant but even tho it was conform by a doctor and a hpt that she was pregnant when she was 3 months she was having her period but she bought another hpt and when she took it it was negative so she got worried and went to the hospital to do another… Read more »
1 year 1 month ago
My name is Ashley im 18, me and my boyfriend decided to try and have a baby, I recently took fertility test the first two days came back negative and I took one yesterday it came back positive shortly after I took a pregnancy test and it had a faint line, today I took another one that came back negative, now I’m having stomach cramps, my sides tend to ache, I’m hungry a lot, heart burn, sleepy, and gasy. My boobs arnt really sore or anything, could this mean I’m pregnant? I get my blood work done for my pregnancy… Read more »
1 year 4 months ago

I would still ask your obgyn. I had mild cramping for a week and read everything online and other women’s answers, and come to find out my body had rejected the baby and I miscarried at two months.always ask your dr.

Sammii maybe mommy?
1 year 4 months ago

Hey ladies , I have been cramping ever sence the 14th and my period normally comes on the 20th but has failed to show.. My chest is really sore and really heavy and I was just wondering if these are normal symptoms? I haven’t taken a test yet .. I will be taking one this weekend though..wish me luck!

1 year 6 months ago
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… Read more »
1 year 6 months ago

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?

Elizabeth Davila
1 year 6 months ago

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

1 year 6 months ago

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

1 year 7 months ago

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 ?

1 year 7 months ago
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… Read more »
Ashley M
1 year 7 months ago

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!!!

1 year 7 months ago
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… Read more »
1 year 7 months ago

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?

1 year 7 months ago

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?

1 year 9 months ago

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.

1 year 9 months ago

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)

1 year 9 months ago

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

1 year 9 months ago

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?

1 year 10 months ago
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… Read more »
1 year 11 months ago

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. ….

2 years 2 months ago

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

Patrice Frazier
2 years 2 months ago

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!!

barbara morvant
2 years 4 months ago

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

2 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 1 month ago

Hi. I had my period on the 12th of Jan. In Feb. I was spotting for about 2 days bug didnt have a full period. In March I started my period (or what I thought was) on the 25th. Today is April 25th and I have been cramping but no period. Could I be pregnant?

3 years 2 months ago

Hi ‘ ladies
Well I’m 6 weeks pregnant and I been having cramps for the past 4 days already , I
Don’t know if its a good thing or bad , but I called east manatee and spoke to a nurse and she told me its commen just to drink alot of water ,rest and to not carry heavy stuff but I’m still a lil worried . Now this is my first pregnacy so I’m new to this someone give me more advice .

3 years 3 months ago
hi, ladies i found out i was pregant last friday at 2am not what i thought was wrong with me. but i had a test at home so i took it. and in less than 10 sec. it was positive. I had cramps and sore breast and morning sickness that week and didnt know it. but i still get cramps off and on. I hope to see a doc. today if not ill make an appt. next week. im thinking im about 8 weeks to 10 weeks already so ya it was a surprise to me. well good luck to… Read more »
3 years 5 months ago
My situation is weird, has this happened to anybody? AF was ten days late in November and when it arrived it started a little heavy and then started getting light by the next night it was gone. Which means it lasted almost two days. I took two hpt both were negative. Now two weeks later I’m having on and off slight cramping in lower stomach and near overies. Can I be pregnant and tested too early? I have two kids and my due dates are always off by two weeks like I ovulate around my period. With my daughter and… Read more »
3 years 5 months ago

I recently found out I am pregnant I have my first appointment on thurs and I’m having cramps and nausea… This will be baby # 2 I can’t wait…..

3 years 6 months ago
it’s my 3rd pregnancy. And all 3 of them were different throught the whole 9 months.But 1 thing was common: THE CRAMPING!!! i barely had those with my 1st, mildy with the 2nd, and big time with the 3rd one. I know for a fact my baby was conceived on nov 2nd 2012, 4 to 5 days later, my breasts were being sore, i had a lot fo white milky odorless vaginal discharge and cramping came early. I feel the cramping on each side, under my belly button…it feels like an elastic stretching inside of you (different cramps then menstrual… Read more »
3 years 7 months ago

Okay so I found out I am 1-2 weeks pregnant and I am cramping on my sides and my belly button and down. Is that normal?

3 years 10 months ago

2day i found out I was pregnant at my obgyn and I been Having cramps on and off sumtimes mild and sumtimes big cramps but my doctor said it was normal unless its bleeding or constant cramping involve so as long as its not bad then you will be fine you should not worry but try not to stress for your baby

3 years 10 months ago
Kate the 122 must be your hcg (hormone) level & for this doctor’s have a chart which is used as a guideline for how far along you would be…the further along in your pregnancy you get the higher the level of hcg. When I miscarried with my first baby at 10 weeks my levels were a lot lower then what they should have been & as I lost the baby they took a complete dive I now have a beautiful healthy 15 month old little girl & we only ttc at the start of this month for another one. I… Read more »
3 years 10 months ago

Hi, i missed my period, it was due on 03 july and my last sexual encounter was on 26 june. when i took the pregnancy test it came out negative. On monday i started to discharge a white sticky substance with no ordor or was it itchy. One other thing my breasts r tender, but i’m cramping like my period is due. I’ve had a miscarriage before and two ceasarian births. Could any of this be contributing to the cramps.

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