Implantation bleeding

Bleeding during the early stages of pregnancy can be worrying, find out the differences between menstruation and implantation bleeding. If you think you might be pregnant see early signs of pregnancy.

Implantation bleeding in pregnancy

What is implantation bleeding?

During implantation, the foetus plants itself into the wall of your womb. This will form the bond between mother and baby’s blood supply and will eventually grow into the placenta. During this process, a small amount of blood may be released.

What does implantation bleeding look like?

Also known as ‘spotting’ implantation bleeding is a discharge from the vagina which contains a small amount of blood. It is usually pinkish or brownish in colour and lasts between one and three days. Unlike your period, it is intermittent rather than a regular flow that gradually becomes heavier.

Should I be worried?

Around a third of women experience implantation bleeding. Unless accompanied by cramping, backache or increased bleeding, implantation bleeding it nothing to worry about. Whilst early spotting can be an indicator of pregnancy, it can sometimes be easy to misread menstrual spotting as implantation bleeding. For this reason, it’s always best to wait to test for pregnancy until after the date your period was due.

How to spot implantation bleeding?

The following will help you recognise implantation bleeding.

  • Appearance – implantation bleeding is pinkish brown rather than the deep red of menstrual blood.
  • Length – implantation bleeding usually lasts for a day or two
  • Timing – implantation bleeding will occur around 9 days after you ovulate and will appear before your period is due
  • Heaviness – implantation bleeding tends to be light spotting or coloured discharged rather than the progressively heavy flow of a menstrual period

For more information on spotting see early signs of pregnancy. If you are at all concerned do not hesitate to call your GP or doctor for medical advice.

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Comments for 'Implantation bleeding'

6 Responses to Implantation bleeding

  1. Happy Mama says:

    Has anyone experience pain during implantation bleeding… is it a bit like a period pain?

  2. bdet says:

    my bleed was ten days after sex and seven days before next period could this be implantation bleed as feel sick as well past week

  3. concernedteen says:

    I came off my period 10 days ago, and slept with my partner the day I came off. but 2 days ago I noticed very light bleeding. I’m not due on again for about 3 weeks, they are always around the same date every month. I haven’t had any cramps or period pains, and its lighter than it usually is. I don’t know what to think? It will be far too early to take a test, so I’m slightly worried! Someone help! :)

    • Mindful Mum says:

      Hi Concernedteen, I hope you are ok. It can be very difficult to tell if you are actually pregnant. You can take a pregnancy test the day your period is due. Other signs include sore breasts, needing to pee more often and feeling tired. But the only way you can know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. You can get a free pregnancy test from your doctor, some pharmacies, a sexual health clinic (or GUM clinic) and a contraceptive clinic. You could call your doctor’s clinic and ask if they can give you a pregnancy test. You can also find your nearest clinic here:
      I hope you are ok, please get back to us if you need any more information.
      Mindful Mum

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