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Am I Having an Early Period or Early Pregnancy Bleeding?

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Not every woman will experience bleeding when she is in the early stages of pregnancy. But many will. And some will be quite worried about it.

There are several possible causes for bleeding during early pregnancy. Some are serious, some are not. Here are a few of them:

Implantation bleeding

Spotting and cramping soon after conception takes place can indicate that a fertilized egg has become attached to the uterine wall. This implantation bleeding takes place six to 12 days after fertilization, according to WebMD.com. Mayoclinic.org reports that implantation bleeding can happen 10 to 14 days after conception.

It takes place around the time you would be normally expecting your period, but it lasts only a short amount of time, and is less than a period.

Not every pregnant woman will have implantation bleeding, and some may who have it may not know it, thinking instead that they're having a light period.

Implantation bleeding will stop by itself, without treatment. If your bleeding continues, or worries you in some respect, see your doctor.


In the first 12 weeks, 20 percent of pregnant women will have some bleeding states WebMD. About half of these women will miscarry, but the other half will not. A miscarriage will usually be preceded by bleeding.

Changes to the cervix

Because of the extra bloodflow to the cervix during pregnancy, a Pap test or intercourse can cause some bleeding.

Infections affecting the cervix or vagina, including sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, herpes and gonorrhea can trigger first trimester bleeding.

Bleeding Vs. Spotting

If you see a drop or two of blood in your underpants, light enough that a panty liner is hardly stained, you're seeing spotting.

If you have bleeding, a liner or pad is necessary to protect your clothing.

Serious reasons for bleeding

While most cases of spotting are nothing to worry about, ectopic pregnancies where a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, can also exhibit spotting as well as cramping. An ectopic pregnancy can be dangerous for you.

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EmpowHER Guest

I had the exact same situation before I knew I was pregnant. One day I saw my free conceiveeasy PT positive, the next day, I saw some spotting/bleeding so I had to set an appointment with my OB. I'm glad I did 'coz I was enlightened about implantation bleeding.

September 15, 2015 - 10:23am
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