Post # 1
I’m wondering if anyone who has been pregnant or is pregnant can answer me this: Is there a difference between pre-period and pregnancy cramps (or abdominal twangs)? If so, how would you describe the difference?
Post # 3
Everyone is different, but from my own experience (I have an 8 year old & 18 year old) I’d have to say that period cramps are typically more painful/stronger than the early pregnancy stretchy cramps.
Post # 4
oo i’m interested to see what people say about this!
Post # 5
i cant say i didnt know i was pregnant for like 8 months or something. but i didnt know i was pregnant when we first found out. prior to knowing i was pregnant i had HORRIBLE side pain, and it was on my right side so we thought it was my apendix. went into ER and they did a pregnant test, came back negative. i had a CT scan, nothing was wrong. well turns out i am pregnant. kinda freaky that i had a CT scan but everything is okay. it was too early for the test to come back posative. so i didnt know the differnce. i thought my period was coming in a week when SO said honey you didnt have a period last month. so i guess to answer your question i didnt know the difference.
Post # 6
I didn’t really get crampy with my pregnancy before my BFP, the cramping came a few days afterwards, but it was lighter. I did, however, have a “twinge” or sharp little pain in either my left or right side (I forgot which), 4 days before my BFP so I’m thinking that was implantation since I had never felt anything like it before. Of course, that was the month I didn’t over analyze every symtpom I had. Sure enough, I was pregnant…I am now 26 weeks 🙂
Post # 7
For me there wasn’t really a whole lot of difference between period cramps and pregnancy cramps except that the pregnancy cramps were a LOT stronger than period cramps! I usually only get mild period cramps but from shortly after my BFP at 4 weeks all the way through 8 weeks, I had excruciating cramps that were like nothing I’d ever felt before. I was told they were normal though and sure enough, I’m now 37 weeks waiting for our little one to make its appearance any day now! In terms of how they felt though, it was exactly the same – just as though someone was squeezing my uterus from the inside and twisting. Ouch. I’m so glad that phase is over now.
Oh FWIW, it doesn’t seem like the severe cramps I had are the norm but they’re not completely unheard of either.
ETA: Based on the responses here, it once again comes down to the fact that they feel differently for each person and no two experiences are going to be exactly the same, which of course makes it more difficult for you to know if what you’re feeling is normal, but chances are, it is.
Post # 8
I definitely felt a difference. I didn’t have period cramps, but I could defintiely feel stretching. I felt a stretch just below my belly button and then it seemed to spread throughout the whole area, and then it would disappear in a few seconds. Not like period cramps which are like a constant dull pressure for me.
Post # 9
Thanks for the replies, ladies 🙂
My husband and I aren’t openly ttc, but we’re not careful, so to speak. For some reason, we are hoping to conceive by fate- like it will just happen unexpectedly. Yes, I do live in a fantasy world.
Anyway, I was asking because my husband went inside me near the end of my period, so I have been thinking ever since: AM I PREGNANT (:-D)?!?! My period isn’t due for another week, so I just need to wait and see. The last week (or so) I’ve been so extremely bloated, and I’ve been feeling these pangs throughout my abdomine- the pangs aren’t extremely painful, but I can feel something going on down there. I also wouldn’t classify them as cramps.
In the meantime, I was just curious what you felt going on in your abdomine before or when you found out you were pregnant. I just want to compare! So thanks to those who have shared 🙂
Post # 10
Something that is different for me is that “twinge”. Sharp but lasts only a second. It’s not painful.
and yes from personal experience…it does just happen… :-/
Post # 11
@Cady: Was this before you got your BFP? Or after? Or both!
Post # 12
@FutureMrs.Wood: Sorry bloating before I got the BFP.
Then cramping, then sore boobs.