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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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  • miu

    Hi. Last month i had my period on the 12th-17th,my bf and i had sex on the 18th. A week after i had runny nose,sneezing,sore throat and flu like symptoms. Last few days ive been feeling light headed,nauseous,and my smelling got sensitive. I got my period a week early than the expected date. Could i be preggy or what? We had an unprotected sex btw.

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  • carrie

    Hi I was supposed to start my period Sunday I had light brown spotting Sat through to today it’s sometimes light pink could that be my period but I’m not ovulating I have had this before but I’m not sure I have very slight period pain and I’m usually in a lot of pain when I come on I have been feeling sick for about 2 weeks but eating a lot it’s weird advice please

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  • jbg0984

    This is my first month on clomid along with Metmorfin. I also used ovulation tests this month. My husband and I had intercourse the first day I got a flashing smiley face and the third day I did. The fourth day I got a solid smiley face in the morning and that evening we had intercourse and also the very next morning. I usually don’t keep track of my periods, but the last two were 26 days apart. it is day 29, and I started spotting two days ago. It is very small and brown in color, I have taken pregnancy tests and they have all come back negative. Should I wait to take more pregnancy tests? could I still be pregnant? Should I start climid again?

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  • T. Davis

    My last period was November 5th. I had sex on the 17th and 18th. I started spotting the 28th and I’m bleeding today on December 1st and my period is due December 6th. Could I be pregnant or my period just early

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  • erica

    hi. im a bit confused if i am having am IB or period. my period is due on dec 6, 2014 but yesterdy i had somewhat light pink blood when i went to the bathroom.when i wake up this morning, i there’s a blood on my underwear but not the usual amount when im having my period. and now it’s still the same – not much blood like i use to have during my period. i also experience cramping. and even before when i was on vacation with my husband, i am experiencing sore breasts and nipples, and bit dizzy sometimes. is it possible that i am pregnant?

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  • May

    How can i know if i am really pregnant? We have sex on the 8th day and i’am expecting my menstruation on the 21st but it didn’t come… And now, i have bleeding on the 7th day of the following month.. Is this a sign of period or spotting?

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  • carly

    I had unprotected sex on the days I was to b ovulating I am suppose to get my period the 21of Dec but It came a week before it was suppose to it started out light now it’s a like heavier nd darker could this just b my per up of or could I finally b pregnant???????? Please help

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  • Anna

    5 days late from cycle on the 6 day light pinkish bleeding turn bright red 2 day still light ended 3rd day brownish color no cramping slightly tired but okay negative pregnacy test today am I still pregnant never had this light if period before even when cycle change from beginning of month to end of month help

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  • Anna

    I was 5 days late on the six day had spotting light pink ended brownish sorry for description never had this problem before no cramping slight pain in my breast but nipples more sensitive than before ever now and then i would get light throbing in my abdominal region test negative on the third day when spotting ended slightly more tired but not the usually

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  • kita

    I have been trying to get pregnant. Me and my husband been having sex everyday. We had sex during my ovulation period. Now I’m bleeding a week before my period could I be pregnant?

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