Sign of implantation cramps in women


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It is difficult for one to predict when these cramps will start after conception because they can begin anytime between a week to a month after conception. Sometimes the timing of implantation cramps cannot be used to pinpoint conception.

Implantation cramps can also occur in women who are not pregnant. These cramps can be mistaken for menstrual cramps and might confuse women trying to conceive.

For most women, implantation cramps pain is felt lower in the abdomen or even around the sides. The sensation of these pains is often described as a dull ache with some feeling it as sharp or having stabbing pains. These cramps are often mistaken for menstrual cramps, especially in women with irregular periods.

The reason for implantation cramps are as follow:

1.  Implantation cramps occur as a result of the fertilized egg

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Implantation cramps occur as a result of the fertilized egg burrowing itself in the uterine lining. As it does so, it releases certain chemicals that can cause these cramps. These cramps could be compared to those felt during menstruation because both are related to shedding or breaking losing tissue from where it is attached. However, unlike menstrual down of the uterine lining.

2. Implantation cramps can be caused by contractions and stretching of the uterine wall

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Implantation cramps can occur as a result of contractions and stretching of the uterine wall while it expands to accommodate the growing embryo. The release of prostaglandins causes these contractions and this is what causes the cramps.

Women who have had a previous pregnancy may feel implantation cramps because they already have a uterine lining that has been stretched by a baby or babies. In such cases, the pain will come sooner as compared to those women who do not have a uterus that has been previously stretched.

3. Implantation cramps are linked to the increased production of prostaglandins

Implantation cramp pain is linked to the increased production of prostaglandins during pregnancy. As the embryo begins to attach itself to the uterine lining, its cells secrete a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). The cells of the uterine wall, in turn, secrete prostaglandin which causes contractions. When this happens, it stretches the uterine wall and can cause cramping pain.

4. Implantation cramps are a sign of a woman’s body preparing for a pregnancy

These cramps are a very important sign of a woman’s body preparing for the increase in progesterone that will be produced during pregnancy. Progesterone is a hormone that prepares the uterus for the implantation of the embryo. This hormone causes the uterine muscles to stretch inwardly, thus causing cramps during menstruation.

Implantation cramps are not an indication that you are pregnant if you do not have pregnancy symptoms such as late or missed periods.

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