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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  • Lashay

    I have been bleeding for 11 days now and it hasn’t stopped. Ive been trying to conceive and I found out I had an tilted uterus after a negative urine test. Could i be pregnant?… the bleeding started 2 weeks before my period. Its a flow but not heavy. Which my usual periods are heavy like and last 5-6 days only.

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  • ashley

    Okay I had a period in February at the en d but dont remember when so in march in the middle me and my dude has had sex twice and the first sex we had was for a couple of hours and the second time he stuck it in for a few mins and than he didnt take it out until like 30 mins later and that was it and i havent started my period no bleeding i havd back pains headaches warnings to through up but cant my boobs hurts num and tingly my first two kids werent like this with my first 2 pregnancy so what should i do and im having cramps

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  • Elizabeth

    Hi, I had my cycle on the 5th of this month and I have a 29 day cycle. I ovulated sometime between the 17th-26th and I am not supposed to start my period until the 3rd of April and am experiencing light bleeding, no cramps. Could I possibly be pregnant?

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  • hondagurl

    plz help really confused…LMP was march 15-18 that was normal i have always had regular cycles…ovulation was march 27- april1st me and my husband had unprotected sex on march 25&28&30 & april 1st ………started spotting april 1st then it stopped the on april 2nd that evening it started again and today its not like my period my next period is not due until april 17…. any opinions as to what maybe going on?????? lower back pain..

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  • ajacks

    I finished my period on Friday April 4th, and slept with my bf that night. We used a condom, but it broke, like tore completely apart. Within 24 hours I took Plan B, and didn’t feel sick or anything until 7 days later I started having some brown spotting. Now 3 days later, I am having what seems to be a light period with brown blood, but still not heavy at all just enough for a pad, but barely. This is strange for me for two reasons, one being I am not supposed to get my period until the beginning of May ( and it is fairly regular), but the second is the strangest, I suffer from a severe case of dysmenorrhea, and I have absolutely no cramps or discomfort with this bleeding I am currently having. I do have heavy breasts, very sensitive nipples, and a lot of leg aching, as well as tenderness in my lower abdomen all the way across. I am really trying to find out what the chances are that the Plan B did now work, if this is just a side effect or if I may actually be pregnant and what the chances are in that case? Also, when should I test if I don’t know if this is my actual period or not?

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  • kam

    My period came earlt this month n last month I usually get my cycle around the 28 of every month but I’ve gotten it early for two months now my boyfriend is feeling sluggish sleepy queasyy n feel like he has to vomit on n off but I haven’t had no symptoms n my period came on the 3 this month n my periid was light than it got dark and only lasted for 5 days vs 7 help neef advice

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