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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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  • Lindsey

    So i take a low dose birth control and i wasnt able to refill it for a month because of my doctors right before they filled it my fiance and i had unprotected sex, 1-2 weeks later i started my period, then the following week i start my birth control again and now im having spotting that is a brownish color with no cramps no headaches no pms or anything. Im so confused. I never really get ovulation bleeding or spotting in between so i dont know what is going on

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  • Cyndi Huddleston

    My period is usually really regular, It comes like clockwork every 28 days or there about. I’m not due for my period until around November 6 or 7th. Yet last week I woke up and my vagina and nether regions felt swollen and sore like I do right before I start my period. And I did bleed, lightly for a day, and I had some cramping, but it went away after a day. But my period is usually really thick and heavy and It last about 5 days. I’m not sure what this is. My husband and are not using any contraceptives. Is this normal?

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  • Sandy

    Hi I was trying to get pregnant on October 30 and November 1st and I got my period today and it’s brownish.. I’m not sure if it’s normal. If so this would be my second pregnancy, I have a 3yrs old

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  • Andy

    Hi, I was trying to conceive on oct 30 and nov 1 and I was feeling fatigue this week and today I got my period. I have a 3 yrs old and I wanted to know if maybe being on birth control for 3 yrs can cause me to not get pregnant and if it’s normal that I got my period two weeks sooner? Or am I pregnant?

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  • Ouma Skhosana

    I’m actually having all the signs of pregnancy but yesterday I had sex with my husband woke up this morning slightly bleeding with no cramps just tight feeling under my abdomen what could be the problem?

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  • hun93

    Last month(Nov.) I started to get majority of the symptoms of pregnancy and my period was 4 days late. It came on 11/9 (my period is like clockwork!) It’s never that late. Recently I noticed that I have a clear milky discharge coming out of both my nipples for the past 2-3 weeks. My body has been feeling different. I know my body and something just doesn’t feel right.
    This month (Dec.) I started a very light spotting that was a light pinkish color than it turned to a brownish color. (this happened 6 days before my period was supposed to arrive) After 2 days of extremely light spotting it gradually starting getting a little bit heavier. (but not heavy enough to change a panty liner) As of last night 12/4 it started to get a little bit heavier, so I put a pad on. (I have marked this down as the first day of period)
    It started off as a brick red color which is not my normal menstrual color, than it started to come out more. Its not like my normal menstrual flow(its not as heavy) its still light enough to where I don’t have to change my pad.
    I have taken 2 test last month that both came back negative, but I feel like I tested to soon.
    Also my nose is quite congested and runs constantly(but I don’t have a cold)
    Could this be my period being on time this month or could I actually be pregnant? Could it have possibly been implantation bleeding followed by my period?
    Can I please get some experiences/ advice and help?!?!??

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