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A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the difference cramp between early pregnancy vs pms?

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Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Hindsight: The only reliable differentiation is a positive pregnancy test. Every period is different and every pregnancy is different. A lot of times you will be able to tell in hindsight that your pregnancy symptoms were pregnancy and not pms, the distinction can be very subtle, but it can be obvious too. If you are trying to get pregnant or not trying the wait is excruciating. Best wishes either way.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is cramping in early pregnancy normal or not?

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Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 49 years experience
It sure can be.: Many women in early pregnancy say they feel like they are about to start their period. They may cramp, and even have some spotting or bleeding - but it usually seems different than a normal period. Cramping and bleeding that are increasing, with bleeding getting heavier than a normal period may be signs of miscarriage. And one-sided pain may signal a tubal pregnancy. Please get checked if unsure.
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