How Can I Be Pregnant When I Have Cramps?

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I remember my first pregnancy.

I was ready for the morning sickness. I was ready to be tired, and ready to have to pee every ten minutes. I was even secretly excited about the opportunity to be moody, without consequence. After all, who was going to say anything to a pregnant woman? 

What I wasn’t ready for was the cramping.

Pregnancy, especially in the beginning, can cause cramps. 

When my period was late, I was sure that I was about to have a miserable period, even though I was staring, in disbelief at the little pink line that confirmed my anxiousness. So, why was I cramping?

The next few days I figured there was some sort of mistake. A week later, I still felt the tell-tale signs of an impending period. I thought I even remembered a little bleeding. After some prodding by my husband, I made an appointment with my OB/GYN. I was given a thorough checkup, and was told that everything seemed great, and my blood work confirmed that I was, in fact, pregnant. And yet, I had that bloated cramping feeling in my lower abdomen. So I asked my doctor, “Why do I feel crampy? Does this mean that I am going to have a miscarriage?”

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My doctor’s answer surprised me, and it was something that I wished someone had told me before. She told me that pregnancy, especially in the beginning, can be crampy. Implantation of the fertilized egg not only makes you feel like you are about to get your period, but it can also cause a slight amount of spotting or bleeding. Why? Because the little embryo is actually burrowing its way into the lining of your uterus, looking for a comfortable place to call home for the next nine months. As your normally tiny uterus, starts to host this new life, it grows and stretches, and is supplied with hormones, and a new blood supply – all of which can make you feel cramps. These cramps, because they originate from the same place as the ones you experience during menstruation, feel the same. The good news is that cramping doesn’t necessarily indicate that something devastating is looming in your future. For me, this was a huge sigh of relief.


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How Can I Be Pregnant When I Have Cramps?

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  1. I did not realize I missed mine. I was having cramping, boob aches, back aches and headaches which are all normal for me to feel right before my period. Then I realized that I had not had a period since the week before thanksgiving. There’s no way I’m 4 weeks late and not pregnant

  2. Profile photo of kimberly kimberly says:

    i need some advice my period is 2 days late and i have been having heartburn and my boobs have been hurting very bad and me and my bf had unprotected sex 2 weeks before i was supposed to start. I have been having cramping feeling in my stomach like i am about to start i have taken plenty of hpt and they all come up negative. could this all just be in my head. Please i need so advice

  3. I felt cramps and I was very scared about it but I talked to my doctor and he said it was fine.

  4. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    Glad you didn’t miscarry!

  5. I felt cramps at the beginning and I spotted. Doctors said I was probably going to mis carry but guess what they were wrong

  6. Profile photo of Lulu Lulu says:

    I don’t recall any cramping.

  7. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I had cramps every month when I should have been starting and I did this my entire pregnancy.

  8. Profile photo of sheenaholman sheenaholman says:

    I never had cramping in the beginning with my girl.

  9. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    I do not remember anything being outta place or feeling as if I were gonna begin another menstrual cycle with cramping.

  10. Profile photo of Angelwings Angelwings says:

    I don’t miss those days of cramping down there but now @28 wks I get muscle spasms from being stretched and kicked.

  11. i still cramp when im suppose to start and i’m 31 weeks…lol

  12. Profile photo of Hope Hope says:

    I had some cramping along with a fever and went to the ER in my first trimester. The baby was fine though and I was told it was probably my uterus expanding.

  13. Profile photo of Mommy2Be Mommy2Be says:

    I had this problem in the beginning , i was told it was because of my little figure . Considering i was very petite i was told that i would feel every stretch the uterus made and movement the baby did …

  14. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    I was told it was gas :/ (by a family member) then my doctor explained to me that there would be cramping but if I thought it was to much to come in right away…

  15. im on my first and had been told that cramping was signs of miscarrying but thanks to this artical it has explaine alot to me that i have no help getting from people i know
    thank you

  16. Profile photo of Bukola Bukola says:

    i’m 4 weeks and 6 days today, and u just stated exactly how i feel.

  17. I never knew this.. Now I do know. But I was never going through this in the beginning.

  18. Profile photo of Mrs.Ochoa Mrs.Ochoa says:

    I am 6 weeks today and have been feeling the cramping, morning sickness has got me feeling like im on a boat and with a hangover everyday, I also get really bad tummy aches and a sore tummy from the aches, the doc says its all part of being pregnant.. 😉

  19. Profile photo of Sharee Sharee says:

    I have been getting some terrible cramping on my upper abdomen. usually i get lower abdominal pains but now there upper. and my sis in law said that’s good as if its ok. i don’t want any pain at all. i kno lower abdominal pain wasn’t good. ugh. i see this being a long pregnancy. pain mixed with morning sickness.. i jus got screwed this pregnancy

  20. Profile photo of Sharee Sharee says:

    lucky you. But it is normal. i didn’t have morning sickness for my 1st pregnancy and came out with a healthy baby boy. and mostly everybody i know who is pregnant having a girl was having morning sickness at the beginning of their pregnancy so i’m starting to believe its a girl symptom. but i want a boy.

  21. Profile photo of Takesha Takesha says:

    This was a good article I am a 6 weeks into my first pregnancy and i am haiving cramps. I keep thinking I’m gong to have a period even though I had a positve test. I was really worried because I dont know what to expect during pregnancy. I alos havent had any morining sickness. Is that normal?

  22. Profile photo of ana ana says:

    Good article

  23. Profile photo of Rosie2day Rosie2day says:

    Trudy: I am too, have been crampy on and off and it was starting to worry me. This is my 4th pregnancy and about 6 weeks also.

  24. Profile photo of Trudy Trudy says:

    I’m so glad i found this article I am 6weeks along with my 4th child and have been worried everyday because I am experiencing the cramping and I never had it during the other 3 pregnancies.

  25. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    i had this problem with my first child