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How does spotting and cramping occur if you're pregnant?

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After conception, the fertilized egg attaches itself to wall of the uterus. This can cause one of the earliest signs of pregnancy -- spotting and, sometimes, cramping.

That's called implantation bleeding. It occurs anywhere from six to 12 days after the egg is fertilized.

These cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period. The bleeding and cramps, however, are more slight than a usual period.

From: Early Pregnancy Symptoms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy Symptoms -- Early Signs of Pregnancy."

Mayo Clinic: "Symptoms of Pregnancy: What Happens Right Away."

SavingAngel.org: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms."

Pregnancy Education: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms discharge, heartburn, nausea, and more."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

American Pregnancy Association: "Pregnancy Symptoms -- Early Signs of Pregnancy."

Mayo Clinic: "Symptoms of Pregnancy: What Happens Right Away."

SavingAngel.org: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms."

Pregnancy Education: "Early Pregnancy Symptoms discharge, heartburn, nausea, and more."

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 29, 2018

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