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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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  • Latasha Crump

    Ok i seen my period last month on 22 and today is the 16 and im bleeding is that a sign of implantation bbleeding

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  • TrisMommy

    My period comes very regularly each month. I was not supposed to start my period until NEXT Friday and I noticed bleeding today. I ovulated LAST Friday. Is there a chance this is implantation bleeding or just an early period?

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  • mansi

    Hi,I think that I concieved after on my period date bleeding started and same pain which I feel at the time of period ,I did not checked prega news also I am confused that I am preganant or not ,plz help me out…..what should I do to get confirmation can I use prega news to check for the same.

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  • elli

    I have always had a heavy period during my teenage years and recently up until about 2 months ago. But this month I have bleeding but no cramps. And none of my other pms symptoms note I did start a organic protein and plant based diet. But still could that be the reason I have no cramps or could me and my fiance have possibly conceived. I had no pms no craving for sugar like I usually do and no breast pain only nipple pain. We did do the tango 3 days before ovulation and one day after ovulation based upon what I can remember

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  • jeramae

    me and my fiance have sex last April 2, 2015 then i have my period on the 3rd of April. Then i got early period on April 24 then the color is browniesh,pinkish and small spotting sometimes the browniesh or the the pink color and very strange for me coz the smell is very bad and this is the first time i encounter I am 32 years old. please help i need your advise but im still waiting this month of may that my period will come coz what i felt this week something like my period is coming. please i need your help.

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  • jeeplover

    I have been have been having unprotected sex since I got off my period Its been a week now and I start to bleed light pink and cramping not bad … Is this a sign of implantion bleeding ?

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  • Vanessa Brown

    I have an app on my phone that helps me keep track on when my period is due and also when I ovulate. It said that I was ovulating from April 30- May 5. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on may 5 not planning to conceive. On May 16 I started spotting, the following day I was bleeding but not enough to fill the pad. Today the third day I stopped bleeding. The app says I was supposed to get my period May 20. I always get it on time and the app is always right. I took a pregnancy test today because I was getting pregnancy symptoms but the test came out unclear. Can it be implantation bleeding?

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  • Megan

    Yesterday and today I have had some dark blessing but I am not to start my cycle until Monday may 25 should I be worried about being pregnant??

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  • Marie

    Aloha, I am a 34 year old woman who has had regular periods on the 20th of every month until 3 months ago. I began having very light periods starting on the 5th of March that lasted three days. All the pregnancy tests I have tried come back Negative. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you

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  • Morgan

    My period was really light this time around and then about a week later I started bleeding again and it was super dark bleeding… Could this be a pregnancy??

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  • Natalie Wessels

    I noticed I had what looks to be like my period but mine usually come at the end of the month. What does this mean??

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  • misty

    Can you become pregnant after a tubal legation

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  • Tamryn Jacobs

    Hi, im on the pill and my period came a day late. It usually lasts up to 6 days and the first 3 days r heavy flows and the last 3 days lighter. But now im on my third day and my period is not at all heavy , its very light. Im having terrible pains today as well as back pains since day1 which is normal . I have a daughter and i had a c -section with her. Please help. Am i in danger, could i be pregnant or is it the ciezer i had?

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  • becky

    First this was the strangest ever to me. I started spotting 5 days before period was due. Lasted 4 days. Only spotted when wiped Came and went the whole time . It was bright red to pink to brownish. Varied a lot. I’ve been nausea and cramping a little and very bloated . Took a test dat before my period was suppose to start came out negative. Last period was May 16th- 20th had sex on the 28th. Did I take the test to early or My period was early? Which never happens.

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  • Roxan Johnson

    I had an ectopic been trying to get pregnant since two years after surgery any answers to my TTC problems

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  • katie

    I been trying to conceive…. my cycle length is usually 28 29 or 30 days and my period normally come on around the 20-23 last month my period came on may 22 my next period supposed to be due around June 20-23 but my stomach was was cramping and my breast were sore on the 15th on the 16th I spotted very light pinkish color only noticeable when I wipe on the 17th I also spotted basically the same thing today which is June 18th I’m bleeding a bit more light but flows a bit what could this mean ????

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  • katie

    I been trying to conceive…. my cycle length is usually 28 29 or 30 days and my period normally come on around the 20-23 last month my period came on may 22 my next period supposed to be due around June 20-23 but my stomach was was cramping and my breast were sore on the 15th on the 16th I spotted very light pinkish color only noticeable when I wipe on the 17th I also spotted basically the same thing today which is June 18th I’m bleeding a bit more light but flows a bit what could this mean ????

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  • katie

    What were your results

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  • CJC

    Me and fiancé tried to conceive during when I was ovulating but I had already been feeling pregnant b4 then
    I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative than about 4 days before my menstrual cycle was due I was bleeding I’m not sure if I have my period or what but the blood did get heavier the first day and I felt soo fatigue everytime I went to the bathroom I was driving lil drops of blood into the toliet. The next two days the bleeding got lighter and now today which is the actual day my period is due if I am on my period I guess the bleeding is normal??…should I take a pregnancy test
    I definitely feel pregnant from the nausea, headaches, fatigue and gas
    any suggestions?

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  • Shatory

    Hey my breast have been hurting for and 2 to 3 day last week and I just woke to bleeding and lot of back pain and dizziness my first day period is tomorrow. do you know what can it be

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  • Tracy

    I normally start my period between The 29th and the 1st I got it on the 24th this month. Should I be concerned?

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  • Bbydll89

    Im 5 to 6 days late as of today, and ive also starting to see lil spotting of blood today also… What do you think?

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  • teine

    Last period was on the tenth of June,28cycle last about three days.now I’m suppose to due on the eighth of July but I started bleeding yesterday not as heavy,no cramps no sore breast.please help

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  • Kawanda

    My period come on June 29th in it went off July the 3nd. I only stayed on for 5 days. Me and my husband had sex the 4,5,6. In two days go I was cramping in now I’m bleeding. I don’t know what going on. Can some body please help me

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  • Jolene

    Hi I had unprotected sex july 2 and started what is kinda like a period but is different july 8 but im not due for my period until the 16th and my period was a brownish red and a little white witch I have never seen does that mean that I am pregnant or miscarriage?

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  • heather

    Can women got pregnant when she blood yes. are no

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  • heather

    Can. You got pregnant blood

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  • Lisa Brown

    I’m going to a test. Iv also had some symptoms of pregnancy like heartburn,nausea,headache’s,Increase in eating an sleeping, moody,cloudy urine

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  • caroline Hamilton

    I saw,my period for two days and now I am having sever cramps come and go, I saw my period on the. July 18 and. It stop 20. On the 25 I did a pregancy test it was negative. And. Now I am worrief

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  • april

    My name is april i had unprotected sex with my bf in july 10 and 18 and he came in me a lot of time and the next morning

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  • april

    And i see a spot bleeding on Sunday at 11:30pm and i went to the bathroom a lot all night and now and its stil red but no blood in the water tower

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  • april

    I need help now obgyn

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  • april

    His any one online to help me

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  • april

    Hello i need help now

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  • komal sharma

    My normal mensural cycle ended on 6th july.I had sex with my fiance on 9th july and had i pill. On 14th i got brownish bleeding for 4-5 days.
    We again had sex on 22july with protection. Again i got brownish spotting on 26th july. Only few drops.but m feeling lil pain in stomach and also frequent motions. What to do. M pregnant or its side effects of i pill.

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  • DLove

    I need to figure something out I was suppose to start my period on the July 11 as I normally I always bleed for 5 days I have normal periods…27 day cycles..The 11 it was brown like old blood and the 12 it was red in color and I didn’t even fill a pad and it stopped mid day and went back to dark brown and the 13 just stopped and never came back…I took a test on the 15th and it came back Negative….Could I have tested to early my boobs and nipples are tender…I have another test im going to take in the morning just wanted some input

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  • Dana Simonson

    Okay about a month ago my boyfriend and I decided to try to have another kid. I took out my nuva ring which was due to take out and never put another one in. July 2nd- July 8th I had my period and I was ovulating a few times from then to now. As we’ve been purposely trying we had sex the days I ovulated and then two days ago we had sex and last night I got my period Nd over night it filled up a regular size tampon and I continued to bleed so I put another in. Is it possible I am pregnant or got my period a few days early

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  • Lindsay Wagers

    last month i had my period for one day and it stopped there are two weeks left in this month i have not bled since that once day could i be pregnant?

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  • Aksbhakti

    I and my girlfriend are 25 years of age, she had got her periods on 25th July and on 6th August we had unprotected sex we did for 2-3 times followed by an ipill which she had in 2 hours after the act. Again on 7th august we had protected sex 3 times with new condoms for each act and after each act she washed herself with water. Yesterday on 13th August she had bleeding flow while passing stool which was dark red in colour which she normally has durring her periods, she had pain like her periods at first which subsided in sometime and later she kept sanitary pad and had frequent bleeding of the same colour till evening with no pain. The colour of the blood was as it used to be durring her periods. She doesnt have any other symptoms of pregnancy like frequent urination, tender breasts or food cravings or fatigue. She has normal tiredness which she used to get daily. Is she pregnant?and yesterday 14th August was second day where she was getting bleeding where she found out few clots (say instead of 10 clots normally she got 2-3 clots), but since last night the flow stopped and next day again she had bleeding for some time. Should we wait till her due date of periods or should we go ahead with home pregnancy kit?

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  • D’Andra

    I had my period at the beginning of the month. Me and my husband had sex while I was ovulating last week. I started bleeding and having pains in my stomach yesterday. Could I be pregnant??

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  • starr

    Yesterday made 3 weeks late for my period and this afternoon im bleeding. My period is never late and its always normal can I be pregnant

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  • Olivia

    Me and my husband took a trip to the beach in June. I had light bleeding 3 days and it stopped, no period at all in July and now In August the same light bleeding and it stopped. Both times it was like a start and stop kinda thing. It’s like it would go away for a few hours and come back. It was brown and extremely light, and definitely not my period. Could I be pregnant?

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  • Arantza Garcia

    i started spotting for 2 days & then i started bleeding like period, what could it be?, am i pregnant?

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  • Apple pie

    I want another baby but it seem hard to get pregnant. Me and my spouse don’t use condoms at all. Can you tell me what the problem. I have my period every month on time

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  • anonymous123

    Hi im 23 I have never experienced this before but this morning I woke up to brown like blood with a little light red blood inside it my period doesn’t start officially until August.30th but it has got heavier not that much Tho n I’m cramping hella bad could this be implantation bleeding/cramps

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  • Carkeys

    My tubes are tied, but I’m very regular. I had a period for one day light bleeding. My breasts have been so incredibly sore, I have been fatigued badly, a little unusual dizziness, and a little emotional. Now 18 days after 1 day period having slight pink spotting.

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  • Vanessa Smith

    I haven’t had a period since december. I was on birth control but i havent been on it since june. the last couple weeks i have been spotting but I’m not having my period. can anyone help me understand what is going on??

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