Period or Early Pregnancy Bleeding?

Last updated on Mar 15, 2018

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


Implantation Bleeding or Early Pregnancy Bleeding Infographic

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. Many pee-on-a-stick addicts take pregnancy tests daily for 1-2 weeks straight for the reassuring, darkening double line on that pregnancy test. You’re not alone if you’re doing that! And good thing for the ConceiveEasy TTC Kit offer above, as you can get 20 free pregnancy tests to help you cost-wise just for trying out the kit.

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. Bleeding associated with a miscarriage is generally brighter red in color, more copious and is often associated with cramping and pain. Do keep this in mind. Whereas, with implantation bleeding is usually much lighter in amount, and pink or brownish in color.


If you do wind up miscarrying or experiencing a chemical pregnancy (otherwise known as an early miscarriage), don’t fret. Just let your body heal, wait for your cycles to renew themselves again, and try again. Women who try to conceive shortly after miscarriage are generally more successful, so have faith. If you bought the ConceiveEasy TTC Kit to use the pregnancy tests, now try out the Months 1 & 2 supplement, to really give your fertility the boost it needs.

Good luck to you!


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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.

  • Latoryaira Shirley

    So my story is long started in Oct period was 11 days late then I started spotting that lasted for some days then I started bleeding real heavy big blood clots horrible pain after three days it went away then November it was 5 days late spotting for two days and then the heavy period with the horrible pain now this month last week started bleeding real.heavy real painful it stop 5 days later but now 7 days later I am bleeding really heavy but no cramps…. My periods have been normal since I was 25 last time for birth control I’m 33 now… Is this some body change or what am in losing to much blood….

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  • Wir Al Edrus

    Hi I’ve been trying to conceive for 3 months but I’ve been getting negative results. And my period usually come on the second week of the month but this month it came on the 1st of January. First it was very light, but my yesterday it was just like brownish… My stomach just feel bloated. Could I still get pregnant?

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  • bonita16

    hello, im 34 yrs old been married 10 yrs and i came on my cycle dec 25 and it lasted its usual 7 days. My husband and i are very sexually active so we had sex right after it was over. today is 1/10 and i started spotting light pink when i wipe only. i also vomited this morning, along with migraine and swollen breasts since cyle day 1. Please help. am i pregnant? itook 2 test but they are negative, could it be too early?

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  • Stilltryin

    Hello I could use some help please. So I have been trying for 3 years now and my last period was a lil light in December and this month it was 6 days early had a med spot the first 2 days then had a med to light flow on the 3rd day then spotting on and off for that last few days I usually only have my period for 3 days spotting the first day heavy the second and spotting the 3rd day could I be pregnant I’m scared to take a test. Idk if I can deal with the answer:( Please help what should I do?

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  • daira

    i have a question. i had unprotected sex on sunday 1/29 and he said he pulled out and he did but he cumed on my vag and it’s been 4 days. i woke up this morning and i’ve gone to the bathroom like ten times and i started bleeding but i thought i started my period. but my low stomach feels weird every time i get done peeing and when i pee it’s only like 3 drops. i don’t know what’s going on.

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  • Aniya

    My period came on 18 days b4 the date it’s supposed to come then the month before that it came five days before the date. But my husband and I went to the hospital last month but it came negative but my titties have milk in them even thoe I had our son 9 months ago but I’m curious and I need answers please

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