It’s a few days before your period. Maybe you can feel mild cramps in your lower abdomen but if you’re trying to conceive, you’re left wondering – are these implantation cramps, or menstrual cramps?
So what are implantation cramps? These are dull muscle twinges that accompany a fertilized egg when it implants in the uterus. It can be an early indication of pregnancy. Some folks describe the feeling as a tingling, pulling, or pricking sensation. It can occur in the lower abdomen, lower back, and pelvic area.
Difference between implantation cramps and menstrual cramps
Menstrual cramps occur as PMS symptoms, or also during your period. Implantation cramps happen a little sooner than this, and shortly after you ovulate.
However, each person is different and the time when it can occur may vary from woman to woman, especially if your body doesn’t follow a typical 28 day cycle.
But things can get a little tricky here. If you’ve been trying to conceive but don’t feel implantation cramps, that doesn’t mean you’re not pregnant. After all, some women have no signs of implantation.
Are implantation cramps painful?
Implantation cramps can be uncomfortable, however, they are not debilitating. Other signs of implantation can include dizziness, fatigue, breast tenderness, moodiness, and light spotting. If they affect your daily activities, apply a warm heating pad on the lower abdomen.
If the pain is severe, you could have an underlying condition. If it's accompanied by heavy bleeding, that could be a sign of a miscarriage.
Women experience pregnancy symptoms differently. Some will get implantation cramps; others won’t have these symptoms. Either way, if you’ve missed your period, it’s time you follow up with your doctor or midwife by contacting us.