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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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