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Period or Early Pregnancy Bleeding?

on Oct 20, 2012

by Lindsey Zaldivar

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Period or Early Pregnancy Bleeding?

If you're bleeding but think you could be pregnant, is it early pregnancy bleeding, implantation bleeding or the onset of your period?

How can you tell if you are getting your period, or if you are experiencing early pregnancy bleeding? Some women continue to have periods while they are pregnant, but how common is that? How can you tell if it is implantation bleeding or if your period is here? When is bleeding enough to warrant contacting your doctor? Those are all very important and valid questions, and today we are going to help you figure them all out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What is implantation bleeding?

Implantation bleeding occurs in about one third of pregnant women. It usually happens about a week after you ovulate, or three weeks from the date of your last menstrual period. Implantation bleeding is normally pinkish or brownish in color, and it will come before your period is due. Implantation bleeding can be differentiated from a period by the lack of accompanying symptoms. With implantation bleeding, there will be no cramps, no breast tenderness, and no irritability like with PMS. There are usually no other symptoms other than the blood, which is usually darker than normal menstrual blood. There is also usually less blood than with a normal period, and some women’s implantation bleeding is only spotting.

Implantation bleeding or period?

The only real way to know if it is implantation bleeding or your period, if you can not tell on your own, is to take a pregnancy test. You will have to wait until the date that your period should start to get an accurate result. However, if you can not wait, and take a pregnancy test before your period is due, you do have a risk of getting a false positive result even if you really are pregnant, since there probably will not be enough hCG in your body yet to be detected by a test.

Early pregnancy bleeding

If you are bleeding and think you may be pregnant, the first thing to do is take a test to be sure. If you get a negative result, it could be implantation bleeding and you are testing too early for the test to detect hCG in your system, or it could simply be your period. If, however, the test is positive and you are bleeding, don’t automatically freak out. Bleeding during your first trimester is actually fairly common, affecting about 20 to 30 percent of women. Sometimes the changes to your uterus during early pregnancy, including the increased blood flow to the area, can cause some light spotting or bleeding for a day or so.

Possible miscarriage

However, if the bleeding continues, gets heavier, or is accompanied by pain such as cramping or back pain, you need to see a doctor. Bleeding during early pregnancy is sometimes a sign of miscarriage. About half the time, bleeding during pregnancy is a sign of miscarriage, and the other half of the time it is not. So, a good rule of thumb to remember is that if the bleeding is enough to be a cause of concern for you, you should see your doctor. Where your pregnancy is concerned, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.

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  • alicia

    Hello i have missed my period about a week now, 2 days after my missed period i took a pregnancy test and got a negative result ,im not feeling any symptoms except a lil more hungry than usual, started bleeding today its a little dark than reg bledding ,anyone know wuts goin on?

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  • Shauntel

    My period was suppose to start on the 16th of this month and I haven’t started, till today but I’m confused on if it’s my period or implantation. Way before I even started bleeding today I was having cramps in my abdominal area. I took two pregnancy test and they both came out to be negative. I need to know if I could be pregnant

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  • Mary

    Trying yo have a baby. I had a positive ovulation test. had sex that day and the day after. Now just waiting. three or four days before my predicted period I get a light bleeding… only because I checked.. It is not even coming out onto my panty liner. Super like and dark in color. I thought for sure it was just going to be my period but It had pretty much gone away in two days! Could I be pregnant? I have taken a pregnancy test but maybe it is too early. When is the best time to take the test to be sure?

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  • victoria

    My period was four days late and on the fifth day it came on and stayed for five days then it went off for two fays then I started to bleed again but only for a half of day its been three days this has been happing what should I do

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  • saima

    is it possible for me to be pregnant due my periods start 10 and 7 early plus my stomach has been hard for 3 weeks and getting back ache and feeling so is it possible for me to be pregant checked all test but show no result of pregancy due i am still on periods

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  • Nikki Ray

    hi i have been trying to conceive for over 2 months now. and i started showing signs that i was pregnant, sore/swollen breasts, emotional, had light cramps, tired most of the time and was nauseated … but today i felt strange and i started to have very light bleeding? and im 5 days early for my period.. could i be pregnant??

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  • bloom

    How soon after suspected implantation bleeding can I take a pregnancy test? My husband and I have been trying for a few months and this is my first sign of spotting :-)

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  • missbosslady

    Hey……. I had sex on august 10th I came on my period that next morning it was kinda light at first mine you I wasnt post to come on till later is this a sign of early pergancey….

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  • Shantae Basian Mcclarin

    I was supposed to get my period on the 16th of August, but it came on the 13th and started off heavy and today August 16 is light. According to my ovulation calculator, my fertile days are supposed to be between August 13-18 because of my last period being July 5, 2014. I have been very moody and sleeping a lot, plus I have lost my appetite almost completely. I wanna know could I be pregnant?

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  • Hotsauce234

    So on Friday I had unprotected sex. It was very stupid. But then he put on a condom and like a minute later he cumed in that. Today is Sunday and I see dark reddish blood but my period isn’t supposed to start until another 5 days. I’m only 16 and I don’t want my life to be over now. This was a stupid mistake and I don’t want to tell any one. Can you help me out please?

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  • betty

    Today my period came 7 days early i had sex on aug.12,2014 . Can somebody please tell what should i do from here? What can cause bleeding 7 days early. Also im going ro the bathroom alot. And everytime i eat it feel like i have to vomit.

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  • jane_s

    Hi,
    Im a little confused, I’ve gotten my period twice this month, once on the 2nd of aug and on the 22nd. Is this normal? Its something thats never happend to me and i did have sex but i was being safe, should i discard a pregnancy?

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  • teresa

    You shouldn’t be trying to get pregnant if all you do is lay in bed and wait for food and sex all day. A baby will change that unless you continue to seem so selfish then your child won’t remain yours.

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  • amcxx21

    PLEASE HELP!!
    so, i’ve had quite a bit of unprotected sex with my boyfriend for like, a year now. this month, i was supposed to start my period on Aug 16, but i didn’t. on the 17th, i had some light brown discharge or spotting. i didn’t think too much off it. it was just a little light brown spotting on the toilet paper when i wipe. then the next day, Aug 18th, i started bleeding. only for about 2 or 3 days, and it stopped on wednesday, Aug 20th. thursday, the 21st there was no blood all day until around 8-10 at night, i had just a little light red / pinkish spotting.
    at this point, i’ve been having cramps, mood swings, nausea, and i’ve been feeling more sleepy. friday, the 22nd, i pretty much ended up sleeping all day.
    saturday, and sunday, the 23rd, and 24th (today is sunday, Aug 24th) i’ve been having some more brown spotting, or discharge when i wipe, and it’s really light in color. i also felt awful when i woke up today, i felt really nauseous, and actually threw up. slept a good amount of the day too.
    all of this is pretty abnormal for me, and my mom thinks there’s a chance i could be pregnant? has this happened to anyone else?? i’m nervous, but i don’t know if i should worry, or even bother taking a test?
    should i be worried? could i be pregnant?
    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

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  • Taylor0816

    I had gotten my Mirena taken out on the 9th June 2014, I then bleed the day after (10th) for a week. I didn’t have my monthlies for another 2 months & on the 8th of August I got them again for about 6 Days. On the 17th my partner & I had sex. The other day I had spotting for maybe a day if that & every pregnancy symptom. Ive taken 3 tests but they all say they are negative. Is there still I chance I could be pregnant?

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  • Ash

    I am on the pill TriNessa and have been for about a year…My periods have always been regular..The first day of my last period was August 17, Due to my schedule this month I was taking my pill during the day basically when i would remember…so I wasnt taking them the same time every day and of course I ended up missing one right around my most fertile time. The first of Sept. (2 days ago) I got home after work and there was dark brown blood in my underwear..Then again last night when i got home…The last 3-4 days I have been experiencing some nasea, yesterday however was by far the worst…for about 30min it was so bad i couldnt even help my customers, I became very dizzy and light headed. This lasted about 2 hours..My partner and I are very sexually active and average about 1 to 2 times a day…I am a little concerned and am asking for some feedback as to what you think may be going on..Any ideas?? Help!

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  • Penny

    I started my period about 4 weeks ago, it was lighter than normal, i never had to use a tampon, and i still haven’t stopped spotting. I took a hpt and it was a faint positive. My HCG level is 21, what does this mean?

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  • anna

    My name is Anna. Me and my husband are TTC. About 3 weeks ago, I got off my period. And it came early also. Now this month, about 2 weeks ago I’ve been experiencing boob soreness and light purple nipplea and their sore. I started bleeding yesterday, and cramping badly. It is now light and the tampon isn’t full of blood like it usually is. Could I be pregnant? I’ve also been experiencing light abdominal pain and cramps. And low back hurts.

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  • Allison

    I got off my period on 8/25. had sex 8/26 and 8/27. my spouse didn’t ejaculate inside me shower my period started on 9/13 instead of 9/21.

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  • rita

    i had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, then six days later, i had my period, which is not supposed to come for another week, there is a little pain though. is that a miscarriage or my actual period or pregnancy?

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  • Nakky

    I gt my last period on 3rd sept. N I was sure this time I concieve bt on 19th sept. I again stranded bleeding heavy can I get pregnant with this .

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  • MemoryLane

    My period came a day early this month but instead of the usual 6+ days it lasted for only 2.5. Light/Med bleed for about a full day than a really light bleed, not even enough to fill half a tampon. I thought I had prego symptoms prier to the bleed but they mostly went away 2 days before I started. Now my breast are a bit sore and my lower back is achy. I had a short bought of painful cramps, mostly on left side, but that passed after a few seconds. I had taken an hpt a few days prier to the bleed as well but it was negative. Could I still be pregnant and when do you think I should try testing again?

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  • Worriedwoman

    I had unprotected sex, and my period was 4 days late. When I got my “period” it was extremely light and only lasted about 4 hours of the day. It was almost like I was spotting. It was from September 9 to September 14. Today, September 27, I started feeling cramps and started bleeding. Could this mean I am experiencing a miscarriage?

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  • ify

    Good morning. I was diagnosed with anaovulatory cycles and I was placed on hmg injection and also hcg injection. However I noticed bleeding that seemsllike period five days before my next period please what could dis mean

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  • cali

    I had my period on September 1st it was normal had sex on the 17th bleed for 1 day on the 24th and am now 3 days late… could i be pregnant

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  • connie

    So my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex so I took the plan b pill. And now my period came early but I don’t know if its my period or not. What should I do?

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  • bubbles

    Hi,
    I’m kinda confused yesterday i noticed some light bleeding pinkish in colour with discharge when i wiped,not like a normal period, and today its more brownish but still light not heavy enough for a pantyliner. i done a pregnancy test with a negative result but why am i bleeding my period would have been due on the Thurs and i started bleeding Monday…i am not on any contraception

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  • Bobbi

    I’ve been bleeding brown blood for three weeks. It’s not heavy at all and no cramping or sore boobs. It started two weeks after I ovulated and three weeks after my last period. The past two days, the blood has turned pink. My period is due in about 14 days.

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  • Roz

    I’m trying to conceive but can’t tell if I’m doing it correct, apart from the obvious sex is the answer. But I do a period tracker,ovulation tracker and I keep an eye out for CM. But could it be possible to have a period after the implantaion?

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  • Cindi Lou Who?

    If she is RH neg she will need a shot before she can become pregnant after a miscarriage right?

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  • lyz

    So last month, I didn’t start my period when I thought I was supposed to (I used a app so I know when to be prepared and so I can keep track of symptoms. I have cysts, and women in my family have had cancer. I want to be prepared for doctors if I notice a big change so I can tell them how long the change has lasted and details. Make it easier on doctors), I started 7 days late. Light bleeding (brown to pink), light cramps, felt dizzle and like I was gonna throw up the whole time, and was extremely tired.
    I’m feeling better now, however the past 4days since my period (which my period lasted 10days) I have been extremely light spotting when I wipe after I pee.
    I am on the marina? (Sorry if I spelt that wrong), we do the pull it out method as well. I am extra fertal I ovulate on both sides, and my partner has strong swimmers.
    We already have a child together, and he has a son by his ex. Both children happened when on birth control and pull out method. I know pull out method isn’t 100% but I just hate condoms, they are so uncomfortable.

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  • Tamara

    Ok so earlier this month I had some bad cramping went to the hospital, pregnancy test came back negative but they told me I had a bladder infection. After taking the medication I was given my period starts 2weeks early. It has been on for 11 days no pain associated with it. I went to my OBG were waiting on blood work to come back pelvic exame was fine…. What could be my problem?

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  • supermomx3

    Ive been off birthcontrol since jun im having irregular periods like its bearly a period its light pink and dosent last the whole day or its on and off for about 3 days me and my partner are trying to concieve could i be pregnant

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  • Eunice

    Hello good people.the thing is I started my period a week early.first day it was a bit of flow next day was heavy and third day a light flow.we have being trying.we really need a baby.

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