Implantation Cramping

It is almost always part of the procedure for every woman’s obstetrician to explain important points in pregnancy during prenatal visits to the woman and their significant other. In this section, we provide you substantial information regarding pregnancy most specifically implantation cramping.

Before anything else it would be important to know how fertilization takes place and the succeeding events that follow right after. When a man’s sperm cell and a woman’s egg cell unite somewhere in a woman’s fallopian tube (commonly found at the junction of the isthmus and the ampulla), fertilization takes place. The fertilized egg will then be called a zygote and it makes its way towards the end of the fallopian tube ending in the uterus. Eventually this zygote will develop and turn into a blastocyst, and this blastocyst will soon implant itself within the lining of the woman’s uterus. The implantations phase normally occurs for about 6-12 days as soon as ovulation has ended. When the blastocyst has already safely implanted itself a woman can now become pregnant and her body will then start to produce HCG hormones. So what happens when implantation happens? There are several symptoms that will manifest when one is already experiencing implantation but it does not necessarily mean that all these symptoms will show altogether. Some of the symptoms are the following: hot flashes, implantation bleeding, implantation cramping, implantation dip, basal body temperature shift and a positive HCG test.

So what happens when a woman experiences implantation cramping? When a woman experiences this cramps, the will usually report of a dull pain localized in the lower region of the abdomen, the intensity of the pain may be different from one woman to another. Some women may perceive the pain as mild while others complain of its very strong intensity. The pain experienced by the pregnant woman is a result of the fertilization of the egg by the sperm and not the actual implantation process itself. It is not always true that cramping is experienced simultaneously with implantation bleeding. Some may even experience none at all while others experience both, either way, whenever these symptoms arise one must have to remember to keep calm because these manifestations will not cause the pregnant woman or the baby any harm. As a matter of fact, if you want to have a baby, then this pain could be something worth celebrating for.

One must also remember that this type of cramping only takes place in a short span of time not lasting for more than 24 hours but can reach for up to 48 hours the most. If however the pain becomes more and more sever over time and will last to more than 48 hours then it is suggestive that you go seek medical attention so that tests can be run to check for the status of your baby and for your pregnancy as well. Other possible causes for the cramps experienced by women if indeed it has exceeded for more the two days are ectopic pregnancy, preeclampsia, placental abruption and urinary tract infection. A first time apprehensive mother might ask if it is possible for every expectant mother to experience cramping, well the answer to that is no. Every pregnancy is unique and symptoms that will be manifested by one pregnant woman to another are different. So if one pregnant woman is experiencing cramps it does not automatically imply that it will apply to pregnant women. While others may experience cramps in their lower abdomen, some women who have successfully conceived may not experience any pain at all. Again, pregnancy varies from one individual to another.