A woman’s body undergoes a major transformation when implantation occurs. Essentially, the body has to make room for the baby to grow. Organs move up and out of the way, and the uterus will actually grow. It’s an unimaginable, beautiful change, but before this all occurs, implantation must take place.
Implantation pain will first be experienced after the cells divide and move down the fallopian tube until it is eventually in the uterus and attaches to the uterine wall.
Some women will feel pain at this time.
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What to Expect from Implantation Pain
Implantation pain is far less painful than period pain. If you’re used to restless nights or cramps that are so intense you have to hunch over, you won’t experience any of this. A few things to note about this pain is that it is:
- Less intense than menstrual cramps.
- Short-term, with many women only feeling pain for minutes.
In fact, some women won’t feel any pain at all. Since only a third of woman will have implantation bleeding, most women will completely ignore the pains they feel as early menstrual cramping or indigestion.
The feeling of implantation will differ from one woman to the next. What is felt most often is one or a combination of the following:
- Sharp Pain: Normally in the lower abdomen. Sharp, localized pain may be felt for a brief moment from seconds to a minute or more in length. Many women experience this pain for just 10 seconds before it goes away.
- Stomach Tightening: Women will feel a tightening in their stomach that is almost the same sensation of having pants on that are too tight. This may feel like the start of your period.
Some women also experience full pain in their lower abdomen or brief lower back pain. The issue is that many of these pains cannot be verified until many days or weeks later, so most women forget about the pain they’ve felt or ignored it as a sign of implantation.
The moment implantation pain arises, it means that you’ll be far more worried about future pains occurring. Pregnancy brings along cramps, aches, swelling, back pain and stomach pain for some women. For other women, pregnancy is very comfortable, with little to no pain experienced by the woman.
When to Worry About Implantation Pain
Normal implantation pains are not to be worried about. Pains are very infrequent and will only occur between 6 to 12 days after conception if pregnancy has occurred. However, there are times when you may think pain is implantation, but it is not.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult with your doctor:
- Severe abdomen pain
- Severe bleeding
- Severe cramping
The blood that is accompanied with implantation is not heavy in most cases. If you have exceptionally heavy blood, this is likely another issue or menstrual bleeding. If you normally do not have heavy periods, you will want to consult with a doctor to ensure that you’re physically okay.
Severe pains are often caused by:
- Kidney stones
- Bladder infections
- Intestinal flu
- Ectopic pregnancy
Implantation may or may not cause bleeding. If it does cause bleeding, you can expect light pink or brownish discharge. Spotting is most common, and heavy blood is very rare from implantation. You can expect this bleeding to last as little as a few hours to as long as 3 or 4 days with most women having bleeding for just 1 to 2 days.
Implantation pain may not be accompanied by bleeding.
If you’re trying to get pregnant and are one of the women that do experience implantation bleeding and pain, you’ll know early on that you’re pregnant – well before a pregnancy test could confirm it.