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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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  • lucky81

    There is always a possibility of pregnancy when you have unprotected sex. Since, you had a period and on the last day it was light with a brown color it sounds like it was normal. Sometimes women see that brown color when it’s going off. However it is always best to take a test for confirmation.

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  • lucky81

    It could be a sign of pregnancy. Take a test to be sure or follow up with a doctor.

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  • L2016

    Hello,
    I have had a headache for the last two days and my period just started. My husband and I had intercourse exactly 11 days ago. Unfortunately I don’t know if it’s my period or not because I do not have a regular schedule to track. Is it too early to take a pregnancy test?

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  • Maritza

    I just started medium bleeding like it’s not to dark but it’s the lightest I’ve ever bleed but I have these very very light cramps and my period doesn’t start till the 1at of February . I need opinions !

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  • Kitty

    Me nd my bf had sex 11th-15th 13 times no condom 10/13 he came in me then last Thursday Friday we had sex 3-4 times didn’t cum 1-2 times on Sunday b4 that had sex 1 time didn’t cum none was protected week after fertile weeks tho now it’s the 29th last night kept throwing up tired hungry but scared to eat I don’t wanna throw up headaches dizzy I rarely throw up tho only time I ever throw up if it’s so bad point need hospital what’s going on but thing is I’m bleeding for 5 days now doesn’t smell like period blood less then period little more then spotting but colour as implantation bleeding I usually bleed heavy for my period but it isn’t even close to heavy also I was 5,days late I was suppose start 21st but started spotting brown on 25th then lil more on 26th now it’s January 29th 2016 Idk wats going on oh I’m 17 years old also please get back to me

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  • Sheeka

    I started my cycle 2 days early and the flow is much lighter and seems like its already about to end when usually it last about a week this is the third day and I’m barely bleeding . what does this mean

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  • yoselin

    Need help I yets had NY period Jan 10 is jan30 n I’m bleeding but my period ant supposed to get NY period until feb7 wats going on…also I had unprotected sex on Jan 14 he came in me my husband

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  • Ash12

    Hello I’ve been trying to get pregnant it’s been two months and just yesterday night I thought I got my period but by the morning it was gone I’ve also taken test and they have been coming up negative before I got my peroid I’m not sure what it is

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  • Bri

    I normally get a period on the 9th of each month heavy dis month on the 9th I spotted a Lil that day & it went away.well I didn’t bleed till 2day 3 weeks later light no cramps anything & i have neva mossef a period r had a light period.4 bout a week after the 9th wit no bleeding i cramped so bad buh no blood like i said 3 weeks later im bleeding I Neva been pregnant can someone help

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  • hannah

    I have a important question. Me and my fiance had sex last Sunday and he came in me and the day after I started bleeding and cramping but it wasn’t as bad as my usual period and it went away 2 or 3 days later. Now I found out that I’m bleeding again and it’s very light and it’s a light red color amdni had some brown too, could I still be pregnant? Or what does this mean?

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  • shs

    Plz someone help…..I came off the pill in December n didn’t have a period but had light pink standing on 6th Jan that lasted 3 days I haven’t had period since n all test come bk neg including blood test its driving .e mad as I feel preg had sickness sore breast etc plz help

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  • Michelle Lynn

    Okay, so I started my period on the 4th of january. I had sex with my boyfriend on the 6th during my period, and every single day up to the 31st. The next day, February 1st, I get my period somewhat early. I say period because it’s normally this heavy. What are the chances of still being pregnant? Is having your period normal in the earliest stages? I heard some of the girls I know who had their regular period the first 2 months and still had a healthy baby. My boyfriend and I have been wanting a daughter and I am really eager to find out what’s going on in my body. Any insights are welcome, thanks for reading.

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  • Lorraine Golding

    My menstrual was 5 days late last month February , I usually have a 26-28 cycle, but this time it was 35 days, yesterday I noticed light bleeding, but it stopped after an hour, but my menstrual is not suppose to come for another 10 days, what can this mean?

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  • Shannon

    My cycle came on the 5th of January, and then I starting vomiting on the 29th of January. I continue to vomiting up until the 2nd of February, them on the 3rd I had a little bleeding but it was redish, pinkish like. Them my cycle came on the 6th of February. What’s going on with my body

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  • Cheyenne

    Hi so I’m not sure what my body is doing. I started my period on the 4th and it was one of the most painful ones that I have had. But at about noon I would stop bleeding and then spot up until the next morning then I would start bleeding again like a normal period and was very painful again. And then same thing would happen. About noon I would stop bleeding and only spot. It did it for 3 days. What could it be?

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