Implantation bleeding is considered an early sign of pregnancy. This usually takes place one to two weeks after you missed your period. Even though light and short, not all women could experience implantation bleeding.
Expecting a growing baby could be really exciting. In line with this, pregnancy always comes with different signs and symptoms. Most especially for first time mothers, they might experience early signs of pregnancy which could actually confuse them for their period.
What is implantation bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is one of the early signs of pregnancy which takes place when the uterus started to attach itself to the uterus.
According to research, only one third of women could experience implantation bleeding. Even though we’re dealing with blood discharges here, this isn’t something that one should really worry about. The only confusion women get from this stage is that the bleeding usually happens a few weeks after you were expecting your period. So upon the start of bleeding, some would actually think they only had a delay of period.
What does implantation bleeding look like?
Implantation bleeding or spotting is usually light. However, it may still vary in appearance in terms of color. Having said, it is still important to have a light pad ready just to make sure you are not staining your underwear.
- If the bleeding is fresh, it would appear as dark red or light red.
- Blood may also come with cervical mucus. If this happens, the blood may look orange or pink in color.
- The blood may come out brownish in nature if we’re talking about older blood due to oxidation.
It is important to also keep track of the color and the frequency of bleeding. This information is important since you will be discussing this also with your doctor.
What are the signs of implantation bleeding?
The tricky thing about implantation bleeding as mentioned above, could also have the same symptoms with your period.
Some of the other signs of implantation bleeding include:
- Mood swings
- Stomach cramping
- Pink or brown discharge or spotting
So how would you know if it’s implantation bleeding or just your monthly period?
Even though confusing, there are still some ways you can check to differentiate implantation bleeding from your monthly menstrual cycle.
- Duration – The only time you can get an implantation bleeding is when the egg attaches itself to the uterus. Having said, you can only expect for the bleeding to last for a few hours or rather, maybe a day or two.
- Color – Period blood is usually vibrant red in color. However you would it is implantation bleeding if the blood appears dark brown or pinkish.
- Cramps – Cramping is always a common symptom of period. If the cramping is just because of your monthly visitor, you might experience cramps that are more intense and severe. On the contrary, cramps due to implantation bleeding will only be faint to light.
- Timing – Usually implantation bleeding start after 10 days of conception while period starts after 14 days. So if you get a pinkish blood on the 22nd to 25th day, then it could probably be an implantation bleeding.
Are there any treatments you should consider during implantation bleeding?
Since we’re talking about a sign of pregnancy here, implantation bleeding will usually stop on its own. However, you may consult a doctor if the bleeding gets intense. This is why it is important to keep track of the bleeding frequency and at the same time, the color of the blood since these are the important matters that your doctor would want to know.
How should you know when to call a doctor?
Early signs of pregnancy even if it involves bleeding isn’t something that you should worry about. However, if the signs are becoming too intense and they’re already making you uncomfortable in the most unusual ways, then you can have yourself checked already.
Some of the other symptoms that you should watch out for includes nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and abdominal pain could be signs of ectopic pregnancy.
If you aren’t also sure about pregnancy, then the only surefire way to confirm what’s causing the bleeding is to consider using a pregnancy test. Make sure that you will only be using the pregnancy test at least 3 days after implantation bleeding.
Apart from that, you may also visit your doctor anytime to make sure you are not missing any other diagnosis or health issues.