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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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  • alicia

    Hello i have missed my period about a week now, 2 days after my missed period i took a pregnancy test and got a negative result ,im not feeling any symptoms except a lil more hungry than usual, started bleeding today its a little dark than reg bledding ,anyone know wuts goin on?

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  • Shauntel

    My period was suppose to start on the 16th of this month and I haven’t started, till today but I’m confused on if it’s my period or implantation. Way before I even started bleeding today I was having cramps in my abdominal area. I took two pregnancy test and they both came out to be negative. I need to know if I could be pregnant

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  • Mary

    Trying yo have a baby. I had a positive ovulation test. had sex that day and the day after. Now just waiting. three or four days before my predicted period I get a light bleeding… only because I checked.. It is not even coming out onto my panty liner. Super like and dark in color. I thought for sure it was just going to be my period but It had pretty much gone away in two days! Could I be pregnant? I have taken a pregnancy test but maybe it is too early. When is the best time to take the test to be sure?

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  • victoria

    My period was four days late and on the fifth day it came on and stayed for five days then it went off for two fays then I started to bleed again but only for a half of day its been three days this has been happing what should I do

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  • saima

    is it possible for me to be pregnant due my periods start 10 and 7 early plus my stomach has been hard for 3 weeks and getting back ache and feeling so is it possible for me to be pregant checked all test but show no result of pregancy due i am still on periods

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  • Nikki Ray

    hi i have been trying to conceive for over 2 months now. and i started showing signs that i was pregnant, sore/swollen breasts, emotional, had light cramps, tired most of the time and was nauseated … but today i felt strange and i started to have very light bleeding? and im 5 days early for my period.. could i be pregnant??

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  • bloom

    How soon after suspected implantation bleeding can I take a pregnancy test? My husband and I have been trying for a few months and this is my first sign of spotting :-)

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  • missbosslady

    Hey……. I had sex on august 10th I came on my period that next morning it was kinda light at first mine you I wasnt post to come on till later is this a sign of early pergancey….

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  • Shantae Basian Mcclarin

    I was supposed to get my period on the 16th of August, but it came on the 13th and started off heavy and today August 16 is light. According to my ovulation calculator, my fertile days are supposed to be between August 13-18 because of my last period being July 5, 2014. I have been very moody and sleeping a lot, plus I have lost my appetite almost completely. I wanna know could I be pregnant?

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  • Hotsauce234

    So on Friday I had unprotected sex. It was very stupid. But then he put on a condom and like a minute later he cumed in that. Today is Sunday and I see dark reddish blood but my period isn’t supposed to start until another 5 days. I’m only 16 and I don’t want my life to be over now. This was a stupid mistake and I don’t want to tell any one. Can you help me out please?

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  • betty

    Today my period came 7 days early i had sex on aug.12,2014 . Can somebody please tell what should i do from here? What can cause bleeding 7 days early. Also im going ro the bathroom alot. And everytime i eat it feel like i have to vomit.

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