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What do Implantation Cramps Feel Like?

In early stages of pregnancy (1-2 weeks) the majority of future moms do not experience any subjective pregnancy symptoms. Very seldom patients report feelings of discomfort, pricking and slight abdominal cramps. The symptoms may be accompanied by slight bloody discharge in the form of pink, light-brown or reddish spots on the underwear, unpleasant aftertaste and mood swings. Most often patients pay no attention to such symptoms. Once the fact of pregnancy is being ascertained, woman confirm, that they had previously experienced not very discernable symptoms, which are most often associated with the so-called implantation.

What does the implantation process assume?

One week after implantation, human embryo has the form of microscopic bubble, which is called blastocyst. From now on the fetus needs nutritive substances from the external environment in order to continue growing. Penetrating into the uterine wall, the embryo may receive all the necessary nutrition from mother’s tissues and blood. The adhesion process and further invasion of the blastocyst into the endometrial lining is commonly referred to as implantation. It takes place by means of the ferments, produced by the fetus. They “fret” the uterine mucous lining, allowing the embryo to delve into its thickness. Implantation is rather a quick process. In 24 hours the blastocyst invades the mucous lining to its ½ and in 40 hours it invades endometrium completely. The affected area over the implanted fetus heals over in just 4-5 days. From this point the future human being is supplied with all the necessary substances exclusively by means of the mother’s organism.

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In early stages of pregnancy (1-2 weeks) the majority of future moms do not experience any subjective pregnancy symptoms. Very seldom patients report feelings of discomfort, pricking and slight abdominal cramps. The symptoms may be accompanied by slight bloody discharge in the form of pink, light-brown or reddish spots on the underwear, unpleasant aftertaste and mood swings. Most often patients pay no attention to such symptoms. Once the fact of pregnancy is being ascertained, woman confirm, that they had previously experienced not very discernable symptoms, which are most often associated with the so-called implantation.

What does the implantation process assume?

One week after implantation, human embryo has the form of microscopic bubble, which is called blastocyst. From now on the fetus needs nutritive substances from the external environment in order to continue growing. Penetrating into the uterine wall, the embryo may receive all the necessary nutrition from mother’s tissues and blood. The adhesion process and further invasion of the blastocyst into the endometrial lining is commonly referred to as implantation. It takes place by means of the ferments, produced by the fetus. They “fret” the uterine mucous lining, allowing the embryo to delve into its thickness. Implantation is rather a quick process. In 24 hours the blastocyst invades the mucous lining to its ½ and in 40 hours it invades endometrium completely. The affected area over the implanted fetus heals over in just 4-5 days. From this point the future human being is supplied with all the necessary substances exclusively by means of the mother’s organism.

Implantation is a critical point in pregnancy: the affection factors threaten to kill the embryo.

Read also: Implantation Cramps or PMS Cramps?

How Long Does Implantation Cramping Last?

Implantation Cramping and 7 Other Implantation Symptoms

Can women feel implantation?

The process of implantation takes place on a microscopic level; that is why most women do not feel it. However, the blastocys’t ferments have an erosive effect over the uterine wall, even if only the upper layers of the mucous lining are affected. Uterine walls may respond to any affection with a cramping contraction. Very few women can actually feel these muscle contractions showing up in the form of slight pricking, dragging abdominal pain. These sensations are commonly referred to as implantation cramps. The “age” of the embryo at the moment of its invasion into the uterine wall is about 7-10 days. There is no currently existing method of objective examination, able to establish the fact of impregnation at this term. But abdominal pain in the period of assumed implantation should not be deemed as an absolute early pregnancy sign. This symptom can be associated with a number of other conditions, sometimes highly dangerous for the patient’s health.

How do women describe abdominal cramps during implantation?

Implantation pain is rather a rare and sometimes even suspicious phenomenon. Nevertheless, a number of patients report unpleasant sensations during implantation. These descriptions have several common features:

1. The woman may feel cramps in a certain period, since implantation is possible only 7-10 days after fertilization. Taking into account that conceiving takes place on the 14th -17th day of the menstrual cycle, adhesion of the embryo to the uterine wall occurs on the 21st -27th day, that is to say a bit earlier than the period.

2. Implantation is a short process, consequently, painful sensations, that go in line with it, are also impermanent. Most often they are observed for no longer than 2-3 hours, and very rarely they persist for 2 days.

3. Implantation cramps are not intensive. They appear in the form of dragging or pricking abdominal pain. They do not disturb general well-being of the woman. In very rare cases patients report being woken up by cramps, which, however, last just a few minutes. Sometimes pregnant women state that instead of pain, they feel slight pricking, tingling or discomfort in the abdominal area.

4. By affecting the endometrial cells the ovum’s ferments destroy microscopic blood vessels as well. That is why implantation cramps may be observed in line with pink, light-brown or spotting bloody discharge. Implantation bleeding is extremely scant and evanescent (maximal duration is 2 days).

Implantation is the first “encounter” of the embryo with the mother’s organism. From this very moment the woman’s body will undergo a number of alterations, typical to pregnancy. Therefore, implantation cramps may be accompanied by a few other symptoms: taste disorders, slight sickness, weakness, apathy. It is possible to observe basal temperature rise up to 37.3 or insignificant drop (“implantation dip”).

What should you anticipate in case of abdominal pain in the second phase of the menstrual cycle?

Embryo’s invasion into the uterine wall is usually unperceivable for the woman. Only after the fact of pregnancy is ascertained, the patient may recall sensations of slight discomfort or weak pain in the period that corresponded to implantation. That is why such symptom as abdominal pain should be treated seriously. The cause of such pain can be in acute appendicitis, urinary tract infections, renal or intestinal colic, intraperitoneal bleeding in case of ovarian apoplexy or ectopic pregnancy. All these are severe diseases that require immediate medical intervention, since in this case not only woman’s health, but also her life is under danger.

Slight, evanescent dragging abdominal pain on the 20th-27th day of the menstrual cycle may be the earliest, but the most infrequent pregnancy symptom. Long-lasting, intensive abdominal pain, even in case it overlaps with the assumed implantation, is most often associated with other causes.

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