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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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  • Kaitlyn

    I had sex with my boyfriend the day after my period we didn’t use a condom and after that like 3 days later I started spotting but its starting to get heavier so I dont know if its my period still like maybe it didn’t stop or am I pregnant ? I also took a test but it came out negative its only been 5 days so it may be too soon to tell

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  • Sam

    Hi I have had my period while on my period I had sex twice and now I’m having a light red brown blood idk if it’s old blood or implantation bleeding I did have sex a day before I started my period and a week before that. I have had a bad stomach ache and head aches yesterday and I’m hungry more also real nauseous but no throwing up could I get pregnant and still have my period my test a week before we’re negative I think I checked way to early. Irk if I’m pregnant I have gained weight when I was 96-103 I’m very petite and short. Could I be pregnant. Or a side effect prime prenatal vitamins?

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  • Sumaiya

    Hey what’s the app called?

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  • Marda

    I had my period on March the16th. And on April the 1st. I blessed for two day what do this means

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  • Amy H

    Hi, I don’t know if this is normal but a day after I had sex I got my period and it wasn’t the time for me to get it yet and I’ve never experienced such bad cramps like this before! I’m not sure if it’s normal but I’m pretty scared because the date is way off from when my period comes and why are my cramps so bad ?

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  • Nazma majeed

    Hi Maureen.. I have a question. I started taking the pill for 16 days. Started the pill mid week and have had unprotected sex 3days after I first took it. Since then I’ve not been taking the pill at the same time. Even every day. A few days I have been 4 hours late and still have unprotected sex.. I stopped taking the pill when I thought I was pregnant but have had a bleed about 7 days after my ovulation date.. Can I be pregnant?

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  • CCE0910

    My period usually comes on 19th of wach month. For March it came on 15 then April it came on 11th only and it was light. What does that mean?

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  • blessed

    I would like to ask a question…I usually have my period every month on the 11th…I had unprotected sex on mar.26, 27, and 29… My period came on 1 week early on the 4th of april which lasted longer 7 days and was light than heavy and light again….I have tender sore breast, bloating, lit feeling of sickness…my breast are very heavy and sore which is going on 3 weeks…what is going on, I don’t think I am pregant because my period came on and everyone is saying that implantation bleeding is very lit.

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  • mrs.c

    I am not on any birth control and my cycle just went off about 2 weeks ago and now 8 days before next cycle I’m bleeding but it’s not like a normal cycle my cycle is usually heavy. Please tell me what could be going on with me

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  • mg

    i think a had a spotting 2weeks before my period start, that was monday when i thought that i had a spotting, then the next day my bf and i had sex and there was a blood so thought my period will start earl, but today it seems like the bleeding stops, im i pregnant???

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