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i had my period feb 23 and acouple days ago i had menstrual cramping can this be implantation cramping?

By March 9, 2010 - 11:58am
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i have been waking up feeling sore like i had gone to the gym and had a very heavy workout and also back pain, last night i had a horrible head ache and this morning i still feel a dull headache but now i feel likes it coming back, all i wanna do is sleep i feel very tired and i have been going to the bathroom alot today and i have had just a sip of water.

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it's ok thank you for the info and i honestly just wanted to get an idea of what i am feeling was cause i have never felt like this before, and i was kinda curious and started looking up my symptoms but in the end i know i will have to wait

March 9, 2010 - 4:01pm

Please know that women do not have tell-tale pregnancy symptoms until after they have missed their period.

Did you know that it actually takes 10-14 days after ovulation to even become pregnant? This is the reason that women do not have pregnancy symptoms until their expected time of a period...because a period usually begins about 14 days after ovulation. In other words...women are not technically pregnant until about the time of their missed period.

The reason for this? It takes time for an egg to be released (ovulation), and for the sperm to travel from the vagina, through the cervix, uterus and into the fallopian tubes to meet the egg. The sperm fertilizes the egg, then it takes time for the fertilized egg to travel from the fallopian tube, down to the uterus, to then find a good place to implant itself. Then, your body begins sending out "signals" to stop the previous "menstrual-cycle hormones" and being the "pregnancy hormones". It is at this time that a home pregnancy test would begin detecting the "pregnancy hormones", and is also about 10-14 days after ovulation.

Then, it is the pregnancy hormones that can mimick the menstrual-cycle hormones that can cause the PMS-like symptoms: breast tenderness, headache, irritability, etc. Your symptoms can be PMS or they can be pregnancy-related, but it is far too early to feel any pregnancy effects such as extreme tiredness or fatigue this early. The stress of not-knowing could certainly cause this feeling, however! Lower back aches usually do not occur until later in the pregnancy, too.

I know what you mean about the other sites...you can type in your information and they all say "possible pregnancy!" symptoms, even though they can also be "possible PMS!" symptoms as well. Pregnancy symptoms in the beginning are so general and vague, and could be anything else (PMS, gas, bloating, cold/flu, etc.).

It is important to know that anytime you have unprotected sex, you do have the risk of pregnancy. This is all not to say that you are NOT pregnant, but that your current symptoms would not indicate a pregnancy until the date of your expected period. If your miss your next period, please take a home pregnancy test and let us know. In the meantime, I hate to say that the only thing you can do is wait...I know that is the last thing you want to hear.

March 9, 2010 - 3:32pm

yes i did have unprotected sex, and the only reason was cause i looked up my symptoms and it always came up as possibly pregnant. i have never had a cramping when i ovulate, and i am sleeping, eating well and very hydrated and i do exercise daily

March 9, 2010 - 2:51pm

There really isn't such a thing as implantation "cramping". Some women feel a slight uncomfortable feeling in mid-cycle when they ovulate, but this is also not "cramping" or back pain as you describe.

Early pregnancy symptoms do not really begin until much later in the pregnancy (after you have already missed your period, and would have confirmed a pregnancy with a home pregnancy test), so your headaches, fatigue and back pain are caused by something else. Do you know what this could be? Are you sleeping and eating well? Do you have excess stress? Are you well hydrated and exercising?

Also, you did not mention why you are worried about a pregnancy--did you have unprotected sex recently (since your last menstrual period)?

March 9, 2010 - 1:58pm
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