Are you trying to get pregnant or trying to conceive?. This is an important question you should be asking.
What is Implantation?
Implantation is a process by which the embryo(fertilized egg) buries or attaches itself to the lining of the womb(endometrium).
The embryo(new life) nourishes and grows in the womb for the next 9 months until birth.
The sperm fertilizes the egg at the entrance of the fallopian tube close to the ovary. The egg after successful implantation stays in the fallopian tube for 3-4 days. During this waiting period, The fertilized egg divides itself into many cells called blastocyst.
As the egg divides, it travels slowly towards the womb. It arrives in the uterus around 5 days after conception.
Around day 6-7 the fertilized egg starts to dig a hole in the lining of the womb( endometrium) to bury itself. The embryo dissolves the endometrium as it grows bigger.
When do Implantation Cramps Occur?
Implantation cramping occurs during the process when the embryo digs through the lining of inside of the womb to attach itself. Cramping or implantation bleeding usually occurs 6-7 days after conception.
The process of implantation is gently and can most times be unnoticeable by women.
For some women implantation can occur between 6-10 days after conception. It usually occurs around a week to a few days before your next period.
The proximity of this cramping or bleeding to your next period start date can often mislead many women into thinking their period is about start.
Where do you feel implantation Pain?
Implantation pain is usually felt in the lower abdomen. It may feel like prickling pain or a pulling pain in your lower abdominal area.
It usually occurs around a week before your period. So it can be mistaken for menstrual cramps.
The pain location is generally on the lower abdomen/ pelvic region.
How Does Implantation cramps Feel?
Some women have reported implantation to feel like light stabbing pain or a dull prickling pain in the lower abdomen.
It may also feel like your period cramps similar to the ones you experience during mensuration.
The following words have been used to describe the way implantation feels:
- Localised Sharpish Pain in Lower Abdomen
- Sharp Period Pain
- Lower back pain and shooting type pulling feeling
- knife stabbing in the right side or my uterus
- It was like pinching in my cervix. On and off for 3 days
Here are some responses from women who have felt it before:
For me it was just like 10 seconds of a very localised sharpish pain in my lower abdomen/pubic bone region. I just knew straight away what it was and sure enough 5 days later when I got home from holiday I got a BFP.
Another woman says:
For me it was a sharp period pain, my stomach felt tight like my shorts were too tight. I was convinced it was my period but now I'm pregnant.
What Does Implantation Look Like?
It looks like your period is on the way but a lighter version of your period.
Only a small percentage of women ever notice when implantation is happening.
Bleeding during implantation may resemble your period but it is usually pinkish in color or darker than you normal period.
What does Implantation feel like with Twins?
For twin or multiple pregnancy, the signs and symptoms of pregnancy can be doubled or exaggerated.
Women who are pregnant with twin may experience more bleeding when compared with women who have one embryo been implanted.
Women with twin pregnancy also have higher levels of hormones. Which may cause them to feel more tired, nauseated and lots of early pregnancy signs before a missed period.
Does Implantation Feel like Pinch?
Implantation or period pain may feel like a pinch in your lower abdomen. Some women have even described it as a knife stabbing pain in the uterus.
Symptoms of Implantation
Not sure if implantation is happening or your period is coming? Look out for the following other signs:
1. Rise in Basal Body Temperature
If you regularly chart your BBT, you will be familiar with the fact that BBT is high in the luteal phase(post ovulation).
The basal body temperature normally rises after ovulation. This is due to the introduction of the progesterone hormone.
If implantation occurs your BBT remains high for several weeks after ovulation and this is an indication of implantation.
If your BBT starts to decrease after ovulation, this may indicate that fertilisation did not occur.
2. Spotting or Bleeding
When the embryo burrows through the lining of the inside of the womb. It causes some blood to be shed.
But not all women see this blood on their panties or even notice it at all. This is because the maternal blood may not get the chance to escape into the uterine cavity or find it's way into the vagina.
Spotting or bleeding happens when the blood escapes into the uterine cavity and further into the vagina.
If you don't see any light spotting or light bleeding, you may still be pregnant.
Many women have mistaken cramping during implantation for menstrual cramps. But cramps during implantation is a mild and moderate pain that may not even be noticed.
It is believed that this happens when the uterus contracts when the embryo attaches itself to the lining of the womb.
But if you notice an unbearable pain, See your doctor immediately. This could be a more serious health related issue.
4. Breast Swelling, Soreness and Tenderness
Immediately after conception, your female hormone starts to rise. The rising level of the estrogen and progesterone hormone may lead to your breast getting fuller and sore.
These may be mistaken for premenstrual syndrome but it could actually be an early pregnancy symptom.