Implantation Cramps 101: What Do They Feel Like and Why Do We Get Them?

Implantation cramps aren’t necessarily at the forefront of many people’s minds during their “trying to conceive” (TTC) experience. Despite this, they’re a real thing experienced by more people than you might think.

So, What Are Implantation Cramps?

As your tiny blastocyst embryo (the most advanced stage of embryonic development) burrows its way into your uterine lining, it can cause mild implantation bleeding and cramping.

Does Cramping Start During the Two Week Wait?

On average, implantation happens around 5 – 6 days after fertilization. This is right in the middle of what’s known as the two-week wait. In some situations, it can take up to 12 days after fertilization for the embryo to implant. This is why it’s not unusual to mistake implantation cramping for period cramping. 

What Do Implantation Cramps Feel Like?

There were no severe or significant cramps, just a mild pulling sensation that seemed slightly out of the ordinary. Most non-obsessive people probably wouldn’t have even noticed it.

How Long Do Implantation Cramps Last?

How long do implantation cramps last, you ask? You’ll be happy to hear this annoying cramping sensation usually only lasts for one to three days.

Implantation Cramps vs. Period Cramps vs. Ovulation Cramps – Is There a Difference?

Implantation cramps vs. period cramps vs. ovulation cramps – that’s a whole lot of cramping to try and cipher through and understand. What makes the task even more challenging, however, is that they’re all tied to one main event you’re hoping to conquer – getting pregnant.

When Should You Make an Appointment with Your Doctor?

If, however, you find yourself worrying about how you feel and are asking questions like “Can implantation cramping last a week?” or “Is severe bleeding common with implantation?” it might be worth making an appointment with your doctor.

How to Help Implantation: Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits

When you’re dreaming of a baby and waiting “impatiently” for successful implantation symptoms to arrive, it’s not unusual to wonder if there are ways you can help implantation along.

Implantation Cramping & Pregnancy Go Hand-in-Hand

So, try to stop worrying about how long implantation cramping will last or what implantation cramping should feel like. While irritating, implantation cramps don’t last long, and they can be a sign that implantation is in process.

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