Implantation Bleeding

Trying to get pregnant, but think you may be starting your period? If it’s lighter, and quicker, than your monthly menstrual cycle, it could actually be implantation bleeding, one of the early signs of pregnancy.

Implantation bleeding is light bleeding or spotting that occurs between ten and 14 days after conception when your fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. It happens around the same time as you would have gotten your next period, so some women may confuse the two.

So how can you tell the difference between implantation bleeding and your period? Spotting from implantation is much lighter than the deep red blood from your usual period. It is pink or brown and does not carry clots like your menstrual cycle may. It is also a few days shorter than the average menstrual cycle.

Not all women will experience implantation bleeding. If you have the following symptoms, they could also be early signs of pregnancy.

  • You missed your period.
  • Your breasts are sore, tender or swollen.
  • You are nauseous.
  • You are exhausted.
  • You are urinating more than usual.

If you think you may be pregnant, it’s important to contact your Women’s Care gynecologist or ob-gyn to confirm your pregnancy and begin on your path toward a healthy pregnancy and delivery for mom and baby.