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Guide to implantation bleeding

Implantation bleeding can explain light spotting in early pregnancy

Posted: 5 August 2010
by Kimberley Smith

Implantation bleeding should be light enough for a panty liner

Implantation bleeding

Bleeding in early pregnancy is quite common and isn't always a cause for alarm. Implantation bleeding is just one of a number of reasons for spotting or even cramps during your first trimester. About a third of mums-to-be see signs of implantation bleeding so if you don't notice anything, it doesn't mean your not pregnant (particularly if you have other symptoms).

What is implantation bleeding and how can you recognise it?

Implantation bleeding can occur when the fertilised egg implants itself in your womb. This is where your baby will grow and the lining has thickened during your cycle. As the egg implants, it may disturb the lining slightly causing a small amount of discharge that will look similar to light bleeding. Unlike a period, it is likely to be intermittent over a day or two. It may also be lighter in colour, usually pink or light brown.

You can usually recognise implantation bleeding if the discharge appears as this light spotting and if it occurs around a week or two after ovulation (before you will be expecting your period).

When might implantation bleeding be something more serious?

It's important to report any kind of bleeding in pregnancy - early or later - to your GP or midwife. If the spotting is accompanied by cramps or pain or the blood flow increases you may be at risk of a miscarriage and it's important to recognise the signs. Implantation is just one of several causes of bleeding in early pregnancy so if it lasts longer or feels different, see what else it could be.

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I have currently got 2 kids and prior to having them i was diagnosed with PCOS. Periods were never regular etc. Since having my second who is now 16 months, my periods have been regular as clockwork until now. I am 2 weeks late tomorrow and still no period, on tuesday i had a brown discharge bleed but was only really noticable on the tissue and only lasted for 12 hours. (i am aware we had unprotected sex about a week before i was due on so i thought i would be ok????? I have never experienced implanation bleed could i have conceived the week before i was due, because every pregnancy test was negative until tuesday as i havent tested again but cant afford anymore lol. Now my boobs are hurting and i am weeing for england. Its been a two week waiting game!!!! Please help

Posted: 26/08/2010 at 19:16

Sadly we lost a little girl in august but we have been trying recently. I have been following my cycle closely and would say it lasts 26 days however today at 22 days I have had light pinky mucous discharge but no other pregnancy symptoms. I had an implantation bleed with my previous pregnancy when my period was due but this is 4 days early and I'm trying to work out if it's just an early period. Any advice gratefully received. X

Posted: 26/12/2010 at 21:12

I am soo sorry too Here About your Lose My mum Lost 2 of my borther before i was Born i am now 20 and getting symptoms of pregnancy but i only had intercourse fourdays ago But im going for A test tomz Hope All goes well My cuz said I might Have epoctic Pregnancy Witch isnt Good buy wat she told me sooo little Nervers but just have to wait until tomz Hope To speak too

Posted: 25/01/2011 at 02:26

hi i have had stomach cramps for around 2 weeks then a period well it only lasted 3 days and seemed alot lighter and lighter in colour than usual im confused dont know if this is a implantation bleed or period ive never had cramps before can anyone help

Posted: 17/10/2011 at 12:42

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