is described as cramping in the lower abdominal area which is similar to menstrual cramps. This kind of pain is usually attributed to women who suspects being pregnant. It occurs between five to twelve days after conception, but can also be earlier or later depending on the sensitivity of women to pain.
According to most women who have experienced implantation cramps, the pain is concentrated in certain areas near the uterus. The pain can be slightly stabbing or pinching in nature but not too strong as compared to painful menstruation cramps. The implantation pain can be felt a day or two and can be accompanied by spotting or minor bleeding.
The actual cramping normally lasts a minute or less in intervals.
The bleeding or spotting comes after feeling the initial symptoms of the implantation pain. Body temperature surges can also be noted. Blood spots can be either pinkish or light brown. Bleeding may be experienced with or without implantation cramps.
For those who are planning and expecting pregnancy, implantation pain is one of the first healthy signs; however, implantation cramping cannot be used as a gauge to whether a woman is in fact pregnant. As previously stated, the physical symptoms of implantation pain are very similar to menstrual pain or some lower abdominal pains for that matter;
although, other abdominal pains do not cause vaginal bleeding. So it can get tricky between implantation pain and pre-menstrual syndrome. The easiest way to find out is to get a reliable pregnancy test when your monthly period is delayed.
Being said, implantation pain and a lack of can be confusing. Since women’s biological responses to conception are different, we cannot take a concrete view on implantation cramping. Even medical people make mistakes when dealing with abdominal cramping. They say that if the cramps are localized, most probably it is due to implantation. When we beg to disagree, since pain pertaining to the ovaries can be localized, as well as in the gall bladder.
Why do implantation pains occur?
Contrary to what others thought, that women are actually feeling the physical motions in the process when a fertilized embryo implants itself (hence “implantation”) into the uterus wall, medical experts have proven that it is related to the hormonal change or reactions which has nothing to do with the actual implantation. Again, going back to the relation of implantation pains to PMS, it can be the body’s reaction to the ovulation cycle as ‘PMS-ing‘ can also occur about a week before the monthly period. Implantation pain can also not occur during the first stage of pregnancy or can be passed as a typical lower/ upper pubic area cramp.
On the other hand, implantation pain can also cause a phase of paranoia – to those who had unprotected sex and do not want to conceive in the first place. Some women, may be pregnant or not, do experience a sharp pain when ovulating. To ease their worries, we advise women to take a look at their ‘monthly’ calendar. If they have regular monthly periods (28 days interval) and are seldom delayed or missing periods, it will be easier to predict a possible pregnancy.
When is something wrong with implantation pain?
When cramps are strong and bleeding is continuous, it is time we start to be concerned. Bleeding other than the usual spotting can be a sign of infection and this is vital — when it is accompanied by very painful cramps, you may have been pregnant and that your pregnancy is threatened. If implantation pain does not go away after a week and the level of cramps has become worse, see your doctor immediately. First, to find out if you are pregnant and if it is not miscarriage that has happened. We pray not.
Women who are experiencing implantation cramps are advised to rest or to at least take a break from whatever they are doing especially when they are in the middle of any strenuous activity such as exercising. Some women who might be pregnant may not be feeling any pain related to the pregnancy. So implantation pains can be indicative when to be cautious. If there is anything strange, aside from serious cramping, we strongly recommend seeking medical advice from a specialist.
Taking pregnancy tests (through clinical laboratory or using ready to use home kit) is optional but generally encouraged once you experience implantation pain and you are delayed based on your ‘monthly’ chart. This is best so to clear any worries you might have, either you are expecting or not.
Also, you can take care and monitor the condition of the fetus or your unborn child early on. Not all pregnancy tests are reliable and not all women rely on pregnancy test, so they tend to wait for other pregnancy symptoms such as being nauseous, frequent urination, fatigue, soreness of the breasts and to some extent weird cravings and mood swings.
We completely understand
What is going on inside women’s mind when it comes to implantation pain. Consider the situation as having a patch of skin itching – it can be indicative of anything: allergic reaction, plain skin rash, weather, poor hygiene, etc. The point is, for women, since lower abdominal pain can be attributed to many causes, as blunt as having ‘gas’ trapped, there is no way to be certain that it is implantation pain. We only eventually relate it when we see the double lines in the home pregnancy kit. Implantation cramping is also not to be feared.
If you hear about someone not being able to experience it through their pregnancy, that is totally fine, again, not all pregnant women feel this. And on the other hand, do not jump to stressing yourself about being pregnant, or you may get yourself disappointed. We are glad that women nowadays are well-informed about the different types of pains, symptoms and what to do with them compared to previous generations. Our predictions are more scientifically based and less of the ‘gut-feeling’. The important thing is we understand our body and we take care of it the right way.
The final thing
You should care about, is being safe and keep to a healthy lifestyle. You could also try to choose your baby’s gender, do you want a prince or a princess ?. Do not forget to attend medical treatment in any case of sharp pains, prolonged pains in the abdomen area, and a general feeling that something is wrong – the safety of yourself and your child is very delicate at this stage, as well as for the whole pregnancy process.