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Implantation Bleeding: What It Is and What to Look For (Photos!)

When does implantation occur? How is implantation bleeding different from menstrual bleeding? How long does implantation bleeding last? Find out now.

When does implantation occur? How is implantation bleeding different from menstrual bleeding? How long does implantation bleeding last? Find out here!

When couples start trying to conceive, they can be like hound dogs looking for an early sign of pregnant. The “two week wait” can seem longer than the wait for the next Star Wars sequel! But some lucky women get a sign before they even get that BFP on that home pregnancy test. It’s called implantation bleeding and the process can look different for each woman and each pregnancy.

Implantation Bleeding: What It Is and What to Look For Video

For this reason, it can be tricky to identify a true implantation bleed versus some other kind of spotting. In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about implantation bleeding (with photos!) so that you’ll know if you may be pregnant, or may have something else going on.

What Came First? The Implantation or the Egg?

To explain the biology of implantation, we need to rewind the tape. When two people love each other…

Just kidding. We don’t need to rewind that far. At a conception, a male sperm swims to meet a female egg, or ovum, in the fallopian tube where one lucky swimmer enters the egg and fertilizes it. The parents’ genetic material fuses together to create an embryo with its own unique DNA.

The embryo divides into two cells to become a zygote. The zygote continues to grow and subdivide to become what we’ve been waiting for: a blastocyst. At the blastocyst stage, baby is ready to implant. Throughout this time of subdivision and cell growth, baby has been multitasking. Not only is baby growing, but he or she is journeying down the fallopian tube toward the uterus.

And the uterus can’t wait. After each and every monthly ovulation, the uterus has been hoping for this by preparing the uterine wall. To prepare, the uterine lining gets thick, spongy, and vascular to make it an ideal cushion for a potential, burrowing blastocyst.

Finally the long-awaited day arrives and the uterus receives chemical signals that its monthly project was not in vain again and it’s time to fluff the pillows.

The blastocyst reaches the cushy uterine destination, is accepted by it, and attaches to it. Boom. Implantation.

The baby implants in the uterus by way of blood vessels and a stalk that will become the umbilical cord.

The implantation process can be accompanied with vaginal bleeding or spotting, and maybe a little cramping.

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When Does Implantation Occur?

Implantation bleeding isn’t necessarily the exact day of implantation. Bleeding can occur anytime within a week after implantation. Think of it as the afterparty, or even the after-after party.

Implantation typically occurs 6-12 days after ovulation/fertilization, although some sources give it a wider range of 5-14 days.

The average is 8 or 9 days after ovulation/fertilization. This puts the implantation bleeding window just a day or so before a woman would otherwise expect her period.

The Difference Between Implantation Bleeding and Menstrual Bleeding

For some women, implantation bleeding and the expected onset of her menstrual period may overlap. For this reason, it is important to differentiate implantation bleeding from a typical first day menstrual cycle by color, consistency, and intensity. Here are some key differences to look for:

  • Implantation bleeding is pinkish/brownish in color. Period blood is redder. Wearing a white pantyliner or white underwear can help accurately determine the shade.
  • Implantation bleeding has a thinner, “waterier” consistency and does not contain clots.
  • Implantation bleeding is more like spotting or discharge. It does not turn into a heavy, bloody flow like periods do.
  • Implantation bleeding can be accompanied by light cramping, which many women find less painful and/or different from their typical period cramps.
  • Implantation bleeding typically lasts only 1-2 days, versus 5-7 days of bleeding with a normal menstrual cycle

Stress or a change in medication can cause changes in menstrual patterns, it’s true, but those changes are generally foreseeable and recognizable. A woman with a fairly regular cycle will be quick to notice a seemingly unexplained pinker/lighter/milder period when a pregnancy is possible.

I Am Confused Whether This Is Implantation Bleeding or the Beginning of My Period?

You wouldn’t be alone. In some cases, women have mistaken their implantation bleeding for a period, resulting in an inaccurate due date estimate.

In other cases, women have mistaken their spotting for implantation bleeding, only to get their period a day or so later. These mix-ups are common and since the evidence is not conclusive until you take an actual pregnancy test, there’s no practical way to guarantee it.

Over the counter pregnancy tests detect the pregnancy hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), which the placenta produces after the fertilized egg implants into the lining of the uterus. Implantation bleeding occurs before or at the time of the very first positive pregnancy hCG test reading, so if you aren’t sure yet, you will be soon. You’re just going to have a wait a couple extra days. (Darn it!)

Implantation Bleeding Photos

When it comes to pregnancy, waiting is hard! A couple Mama Natural readers shared implantation bleeding photos to help you spot the difference between implantation and the onset of your period.

What Does Implantation Bleeding Look Like? Implantation Bleeding Photo What Does Implantation Bleeding Look Like? Example of Implantation Bleeding

How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?

It varies. Implantation bleeding can last anywhere from from a couple hours to a couple days. It could be something you see once while wiping with a square of toilet paper, a few times on a pantyliner, or it could be a light flow for one, two, or even three days. It is likely to be longer for first time mothers and shorter for mothers whose bodies have had children before and are “used to” implanting.

What If I Don’t Have Implantation Bleeding?

According to the ACOG, only about 25 percent of women experience the “phenomenon” of implantation bleeding. (I didn’t have it with any of my pregnancies.) If you don’t notice any spotting, you’re in the majority. Be sure to look out for other early signs of pregnancy, such as breast tenderness, nausea, bloating, and fatigue.

It’s Too Early for Implantation. Why Am I Bleeding?

When trying to piece together a pregnancy timeline, it is important to remember that a fertilized egg isn’t capable of implanting until at least five days after fertilization. It simply isn’t developed enough before then.

Early bleeding within 4-5 days after intercourse likely has a different origin. It could be caused by:

  • A hormonal withdrawal bleed after a failed ovulation attempt due to a confirmed ovarian cyst rupture.
  • Breastfeeding and irregular postpartum cycles resulting in pinkish discharge.
  • Mid-cycle spotting occurs due to high estrogen levels.
  • Leftover blood from your last period dislodged by sex.
  • Cervical irritation from sex or a pelvic exam.

When to Call a Healthcare Provider

Implantation bleeding poses no risk to the mother or baby. There is no need to call a healthcare provider for light spotting and mild cramping before or at the time of the woman’s normal period.

However, bleeding after a women’s missed period is concerning. You should call a healthcare provider if:

  • There is substantial bleeding after a positive pregnancy test or after a missed period. This could be a sign of miscarriage, molar pregnancy, or ectopic pregnancy.
  • There is noticeable clotting.
  • Bleeding is accompanied by pelvic, abdominal, and/or shoulder pain. This could be caused by an ectopic pregnancy, which is a medical emergency.
  • Bleeding is heavier than a period and is accompanied by fever, chills, and cramps that increase in severity.

Remember: Many women experience light spotting throughout the first trimester to no negative effect. Your healthcare provider should be able to run the appropriate blood, urine, and ultrasound tests to safely monitor mother and child’s development.

Does Your Spotting or Bleeding Concern You?

If you are ever concerned with any kind of vaginal bleeding before, during, or after pregnancy, never hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. They are very useful at sorting things out, dispelling fears, and reading the signs.

We Want to Hear About Your Experience!

Even from the first day of pregnancy, motherhood is full of surprises. If you have experienced implantation bleeding, we want to hear from you. When did you notice it? How long did it last? What tipped you off? Did any other symptoms accompany it?

If you recently discovered you are pregnant, congratulations from all of us! Please continue to visit MamaNatural.com for your motherhood questions and concerns.

Genevieve Howland

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 85,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

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95 Comments

  1. Hello,
    my husband and I have been married for almost 2 yrs and have been trying to conceive with no luck. For the past week or so I have been feeling nauseous with no vomiting. last night was the worst of them all, my stomach was hurting so bad i really felt like i was going to puke but never. I just finished ovulating about 5-6 days about but this morning i woke up and seen that i had slight bleeding when i wiped. I kinda looked like the second picture but not as faint. It wasn’t red it was pink but just not as faint as the second picture. I am not expected to start my period for another 9 days. I took a test yesterday because i had been feeling so weird. I had been eating way more than usual, sleeping more, my moods have been crazy and i just wasn’t acting like myself. I don’t know what is happening. Can someone please help to ease my mind on what is going on

  2. My husband and I had intercourse on the 17th of November while I was ovulating and this morning (20th of November) I had what seemed to me like implantation bleeding, just like the first picture of implantation bleeding on this page. Could I be pregnant? We are trying for baby nr 2 – had no problems with my first pregnancy … 😊

  3. Thursday night; I did like the first picture on implantation. How long does implantation last if I do run into this? Can you do half-&-half & still be pregnant? (The usual 6-7 days; I mean.) (My deal’s been half-red & half-pink for quite a while; (since October last year;) but last couple weeks; the more I learn on this; I don’t think I’ve done the implantation as long as I thought I been doing; but I did do a private ordeal check; I think I’m on my 3rd or 4rth week of pregnancy. Beth

  4. Im 7 weeks and a few days. Yesterday i started to notice some light pink blood when i wiped. As the day went on it was still light but a bit redder and stringy.. Ive had 2 misscarriages before this isnt like that but im still worried. Is this normal?

    • Have you found anything out yet? I have the same thing

    • Hey, have you still go the same thing?

  5. I had my period August 30-September 2 then got another period September 12-16. This second period lasted longer than my regular period, was a little less heavy but definitely more than what I have read implantation bleeding should be like. Now, October 1 I have not started my period yet. I called my OBGYN and she was not at all concerned, said it was completely normal and still wanted to put in my IUD which I was scheduled for. Except this isn’t normal, my periods have always come on the 29th or 30th and lasts 3-4 days. I have never had an irregular period in my life. Has this a happened to anyone else and you were pregnant?

    • @Ruthie have you found anything out

  6. Hi everyone,
    So first time this has happened to me. I had my period September 9 – 14 then again September 20-23
    Anyone had this happen to them ?? Should I be worried

  7. Ovulation date 13 – 17 of Sept. Had sex on the 17th and the 11th. My period is due on the 1st and is always on time. Past night I woke up and my panties were wet like I had cum on myself slight blood very slight like a mark then today when I went to have a bowel movement I wiped and mucuosy super pink clearish blood wiped twice more nothing but I know it’s from my vagina because I stuck my finger in a bit and wiped it on tissue and it was faint pink. I’m so nervous bc we miscarried at 12 weeks in May and I almost died from blood loss so this is SO nerve-wracking also considering I’ve never noticed implantation bleeding with my other babies.

  8. Okay guys I need some help so my last period was about 6 days ago and me and my hubby have been trying on the days where I ovulate and yesterday was my highest chance of getting pregnant but last night I had some cramps start up and this morning some light spotting that’s a brownish pink and there hasn’t been enough for a pad ir tampon and days before that I was having a ton of hot flashes and feeling like throwing up and really light headed and having bad headaches and I’m still having headaches and that stuff is it possible pregnancy or what

    • Did u get pregnant ? Or what happened ?

    • Actually same!! Like the exact same thing I ended my period and then I took an ovulation test and it said that I was ovulating and then my husband and I had sex and then on Sunday and Monday I had spotting it was more of a pinkish color.

  9. My period starts 4- 5 days from now and i have been having this brownish discharge. Could this be Implantation bleeding or the start of my period, i have never experienced it before. I also had a very light period the previous month which was also worrying. Can you kindly assist.

    • Reach out to a midwife or OBGYN who can help you figure out your cycle.

  10. My period is pretty consistent to the day. I always start on the day or maybe a day late. My period is supposed to start Tuesday, Friday night I noticed some light brown blood but had been drinking and didn’t even consider that usually my blood is bright red and heavy. I put a pad in and woke up the next morning to a dry pad, but still had light spotting in the color light to dark brown when wiping. Today it’s Sunday and I’ve had some very mild light cramping but nothing compared to my usual period cramping. I woke up with some light spotting still again only when wiping. Could this be implantation bleeding? I feel like I would have started my period by now? I also took a ton of naps yesterday and felt very tired.

  11. I fluctuate between 27-28 cycles and was predicted to ovulate on July 29. My cm was still very much like I was fertile clear up until August 3rd, which is when my hubby and I had unprotected sex. Even a good few days after sex, I was very “wet” down there, and that isn’t normal for me. I later got a UTI on August 5 and then diarrhea for two days after that. I’m trying not to “symptom spot,” but I’ve had some very weird symptoms when I normally have no symptoms before my period other than little tenderness in my boobs here and there. I’ve had a high sex drive (never is the case!), have remained “wet,” have had little pulls/pains in my pelvis and lower abdomen, vivid dreams, and a stronger sense of smell. On the day my period was set to start, predicted to be August 12, I had a tiny bit of pink only when I wiped. The next day – nothing until much later in the day and it was dark brown. Today on the 14th – gummy, thick red but isn’t like period blood. No smell like usual when I start my period, and not enough to use a tampon. I tested on the 12th due to excitement, and it was BFN. Last night while lying in bed, I felt a little queasy. Any thoughts?

  12. Like every one else that is ttc I have had the tender breast the whole 9 yards. I started August 5 on seeing some clear brownish pink discharge it lasted 5 days and now nothing what could this mean I have also been taking prenatals just in case I am. I take pregnancy test and they all come back negative is it still to early to tell

    • Did you test again and get a positive? I’m experiencing the same thing

  13. i never have light periods but this go round it’s very light, like not even getting on my pad. but i started the day that i’m supposed to start (i’m on bc). so i’m confused.

  14. Hi everyone,
    my boyfriend and i had sex basically every day this month, and it’s unprotected so we know our chances we are taking. we recently had sex last night, July 29th, and I was already 3 days late. Last night i was experiencing a light headache where my right temple was & my eyes were hurting so naturally i thought it was my contacts that i removes and the brightness of the lights. Today, around 3ish in the afternoon i go to pee and get a very pink color when i wiped. the second time i went pee it was blood that came out but not like how it would when my period starts. I put in a tampon, went pee later it was filled & blood when i wiped. re-entered a new tampon, went pee later and there was no blood when i wiped, just in the toilet. i am experiencing cramping in the lower center of my abdomen and my lower back on the left side. i’m scared and don’t know what it is so i just needed some advice or any women who experienced this before or similar.

    • Whenever you have concerns that are health related, it’s always best to contact your medical provider.

  15. I have irregular periods after getting off the iud 3 yrs ago i got my period july 11 and ended july 17 i had sex july 25 a week later and began cramping on monday july 27 and lightly spotting feeling like i was going to throw up today july 28 im still spotting but no cramping ive been trying to find something on here but cant 😩 anyone with similar experience

  16. I’m soo confused ok so I had sex July 21st and started noticing pinkish spotting on the 23rd of July. My Ovulation date is July 25th is it Ovulation bleeding or implantation bleeding. Is it too early for implantation?

    • I had something similar happen to me and i cant find answers!

      • Was it ovulation bleeding or implantation? I’m going through the same thing now

      • Ovulation date 13 – 17 of Sept. Had sex on the 17th and the 11th. My period is due on the 1st and is always on time. Past night I woke up and my panties were wet like I had cum on myself slight blood very slight like a mark then today when I went to have a bowel movement I wiped and mucuosy super pink clearish blood wiped twice more nothing but I know it’s from my vagina because I stuck my finger in a bit and wiped it on tissue and it was faint pink. I’m so nervous bc we miscarried at 12 weeks in May and I almost died from blood loss so this is SO nerve-wracking also considering I’ve never noticed implantation bleeding with my other babies.

  17. I have like a clear jelly like substance on my toilet paper and it has a pinkish red streak through it …. could that be implantation bleeding

    • Was it?

  18. Oh and I forgot to ask now that I’m having a bit of light bleeding when is there a good time to take a pregnancy test

  19. I just experienced light bleeding and I’m a month in on ttc after my birth control implant removal and right after I discovered my light bleed I started to cramp and I hope I’m not thinking this into existence 😫

  20. I started spotting yesterday (12 days after last period ended) It’s been kinda on and off since yesterday and I mainly see the light red kinda orangey/pinkish color when I wipe. I am on day 19 of my cycle now, thinking it could be ovulation but I’m not sure, My predicted ovulation day was 4 days ago, but we did have sex both before and after that date.

    • Did you end up being pregnant

    • I’m experiencing the exact same thing

      • Are you pregnant? I’m going through the same thing now. Ovulated 5 days ago, had sex 4 days ago, and I was wiping pink/brown discharge 2 days after ovulation. Today (day 19) I had a jelly like discharge with brownish, red and pink hints in it

        • are you pregnant? the same thing happened to me

  21. Today is my 10th day of missed period. I have this brown discharge with no cramping at all yet i usually have severe cramping when on my Ps. I did not experience any pms this cycle, i have not done a pregnancy test yet for fear of getting a BFN being a ttc for three years now. Did anyone ever experience this and got a positive result. Help

    • What was the outcome? I have a similar question to yours

  22. Hi i have some problem sometime i get my period well but sometime i don’t. Since 7 to 11 February i got my last period then i have done a pregnancy test on 14 April. But it was negative since yesterday i notice pinkish bleeding i just don’t know what to do.

  23. So I am 3 days late it is 1153pm April 26 2020 and this morning around 11am there was a small red spot in the toilet after using the bathroom but I didn’t think much of it until 11pm went to the restroom and decided to take a test so I pee in my disposable cup and I see basically the first picture of implantation bleeding in this article in my cup took the test and negative ( with my son I never got positive stick test but I did get a positive blood test). My husband and I have been actively trying to conceive since 2017 and I am hoping it comes out to be that I am pregnant. My womens health center is closed due to covid.so a couple of days ago I went to the ER for pelvic pain (which was the reason I found out I was pregnant with my son in 2014) but because they were trying to get me out of there as quickly as possible they did a stick test and didn’t really listen to me. When I talked to my womens health nurse a day before going to the ER she thought I could be pregnant but I cant come in to confirm because all appointments are virtual now. Thinking of waiting a week before I test again.

  24. Hello,

    I got off of my period on March 23, 2020.. 6 days later I started to bleed again. Much lighter than my normal periods, however heavier than spotting but not enough to wear a tampon just a panty liner. I bled for about 4 days inconsistently. Various shades of red/pink/brown. I stopped bleeding for one day and had the return of my normal healthy discharge. Then the next day more light bleeding. So now it is April 6, 2020… I am still lightly spotting. Tonight I had a very tiny blood clot as well as clear/bloody watery consistency in my underwear. I don’t think this is implantation bleeding but I’m not supposed to have my period again until April 15, 2020. Do I need to see a doctor or am I over reacting? Should I take a pregnancy test if I’m late to start my next period? I have no idea what to do here and it’s making me a little concerned. If anyone else has experienced this and has some insight please help!

    • A pregnancy test is a good idea.

      • Are you pregnant

    • Mine is doing the same thing! Please tell us what became of the situation. I’m afraid I’m having an ectopic pregnancy.

    • I am experiencing something similar on day 3 of some spotting I guess in the middle of my cycle. sometimes its just a tiny bit sometimes more but just when I wipe, nothing on the liner. would love to hear if you ended up being pregnant or something else. I have never spotted before and this is my 3rd kiddo… any know if it is not implantation what else could cause it?

      • Did you end up being pregnant

  25. I had implantation bleeding with my 1st pregnancy – it was a few hours of spotting on 11 or 12 days past ovulation. However, I already got a positive pregnancy test around 9 or 10 days past ovulation.

    I am now thinking that I might be pregnant again, as I’ve had a tiny bit of pinkish/red cervical mucous the last two days (7/8 days past ovulation). Pregnancy tests have come back negative so far, but it might be too early to get an accurate result.

  26. I’m not sure if what I had was implantation or due to stress. It happened 8 days past my ovulation. But my husband hasn’t had the best luck with a high sperm count. I know im being impatient but it would be a miracle if I was pregnant. It was a light pink creamy texture. But by the end of the day it turned completely red with a tiny speckle of a clot. It wasn’t a lot of bleeding at all with the last. A tissueful the first time and just a quarter size with the last one with the speckle of a clot.

    • Hi, Christa! How are you now? We have same scenario, i got that speckle of a dark clot, though we are expecting that i am experiencing implantation bleeding, it is my first time to concieve. Are you now pregnant? Thanks alot

  27. Hi.. Just recently found out I was pregnant. I’m only 4-5 days in and I’ve noticed a light pinkish/brownish discharge. Is this normal?

    • 4-5 days post ovulation or since you found out you were pregnant?

    • Hey! So I just had a question about what you discussed

      My last period was February 16th… haven’t seen one yet and I’m about 8 days late now with spotting like the 2nd picture in your article.. when I tell you I have been experiencing the most weirdest symptoms.. it’s crazy.. I’ve taken 3 pt test since my last period… all in March on the 2nd, the 6th, and the 21st … all negative.. I’m so confused, and healthcare right now until I execute what’s wrong, would be expensive and useless.. have you had any cases similar?

  28. I’ve been spotting and looked just like that, but it’s been like 3-4 days and I’ve taken 2 pregnancy test which came out negative. I’ve been feeling light cramps and I just waters feeling nauseous yesterday when I took a lemon-honey cough drop. It feels nothing like when I had my baby girl, I didn’t start getting symptoms till 4 months. I just had my baby ? I’m 4 months postpartum.

  29. I’m so confused…people say that the bleeding is obvious but I’m seeing like literally a couple brown spots in my underwear and it’s nothing big or even medium, is that still considered implantation bleeding because I’m having like all of the other pregnancy symptoms that one is just throwing me off and it is right before my period and I’m not wasting money on a pregnancy test for it to come back negative

  30. Hi. We’ve been TTC for over 2 years now. Just started fertility treatments using Letrozole (rather than Clomid because of PCOS) and HCG Trigger shots and this is our second cycle trying them. Ovulation/Timed Intercourse was this past Sunday 10/6/19 and today, four days later, I am experiencing very light pink spotting. This same thing happened last month and we were unsuccessful in getting pregnant. I’m curious if being on a fertility treatment (medication) regimen could accelerate implantation or if there are any other women who have gone through this, had such early spotting, and still had a viable pregnancy?

  31. I have the essure and a lot of people had got pregnant on it know I had my period at the beginning of this month and it lasted 1 day and now I’m bleeding again. At first it was a brownish color but now like a kinda dark red and a lot of cramping but prior to me getting this my stomach been hurting and my appetite increase and I can’t sleep comfortably

    • Were you pregnant?

  32. It sept 14 2019 i have start my period yesterday but the weried thing for me is i have black brown discharge and i never had it before and i seen only once red. Blood but not it like it fading away. And my exspected period id the 16 of this month of September. Yea i have been stressing but trying to clam and relax. So i looked it up online and it says either period or pregnacy i am about to test once they come in mail.

  33. Hello ladies my last period was april 19th 2019 i ovulated may 6th 2019 i DTD unprotected and on may 10th i noticed a light pink color and it was just once! My expected period is may 20th and i took a test and it came out negative…

    • My last period was 20th April…my ovulation date was 5th May we DTD unprotected a few times around that time. My period is due 19th Msy and today not long ago noticed a thin watery pinkish blood on tissue. I have had very slight cramps last 2 days. I’m resigned to the fact this now isnt the month ?

    • hi I’m curious if you ended up bleeding more or if it stopped and you retested?

  34. Hi my latest AF was 1-22-19 it was a normal flo my next AF was due 2-19-19 it didn’t come that whole month then 3-1-19 it came but only for 1,2 of that month my original AF was due 3-19-19 I went and white it was pink on the tissue that whole month nothing now it’s 4-9-19 I started spotting no cramps or nothing

  35. Hi there! 10 weeks here. I felt compelled to share my journey thus far because it was far from normal and quite scary. I found out I was pregnant in an odd way, having a consultation with a Chinese Medicine Doctor to talk about acupuncture to prepare myself for pregnancy in the future. After answering a few of her questions, she determined I was probably pregnant and did not know it. See, the week prior to my visit, I had a 5-6 day cycle. However, it was lighter than usual (moderate to light) and no PMS symptoms, just tender breasts, which was not usual. But, since I had my cycle, I never thought I would be pregnant. I took a pregnancy test as soon as I left and lo and behold, it was positive! This made it interesting in determining which “last cycle first day to use”, so I used the month prior. I scheduled my first prenatal visit to be what I thought would be 8 weeks. Two weeks before my visit, I started spotting during the week I would have had my cycle again. I went in for an ultrasound and the baby was fine and I was already 8 weeks. A week later, I had a gush of bright red blood…A LOT. I basically thought I had a miscarriage and was devastated for hours. I went in to see my midwife and she assured me it was probably just my placenta implantation and not a miscarriage being that I did not have cramping and still had nausea. I had another ultrasound and the baby was doing just fine 🙂 I share this because there has been nowhere that I have found that says these symptoms are normal and I want to put this out there, just in case in mom-to-be may experience any of these agonizing non-normal symptoms that cause concern/anxiety like it did for me.

    • Take it easy and ask your doctor more questions. I had heavy bleeding and clotting at 13 weeks and thought i was miscarrying too. However baby was fine but I was diagnosed with an SCH. In like 98% of these situations your body will either reabsorb it or bleed it out. Its still not a normal pregnancy issue but is more common then you think. I was only put on pelvic rest and told to live my life but became one of the 2% it doesn’t work out for. I’ve been told by doctors there’s nothing you can do for the SCH but wish I had done even less and had asked my dr even more questions about options.

    • Thank you!

  36. My last period was in 2/10/19 I was supposed to get it on 3/12/19 I started spotting on 3/15 I didn’t need to wear a pad so I woke up on 3/16 and it’s like a dark red not like my usual period it’s starts of light but an hour later it’s heavy and bad cramps also my boobs are sore but when i get my period that symptom goes away no blood clots also it doesn’t smell like a period when I usually get my period it has that nasty period smell I’m confused off and back aches nausea my body aches at night hot flashes idk can anyone relate I would really appreciate this

  37. I am 10 days late on my period. My cycles are usually 32 days(average). I’ve taken a total of 5 pregnancy tests(spread out) all different brands, and all negatives. My doctor sent me to get 2 blood tests done 2 days apart, the first blood work came back with HCG level >2. I don’t know about the 2nd results. For the past 2wks i’ve had cramps just about daily a couple times throughout my day, nausea on and off, headaches, VERY fatigue, i catch myself taking more frequent naps, I’m emotional, I’ve had a weird craving for sweets or chocolate, and recently sore breasts.Today I witnessed for the first time, very light spotting, I know this might be TMI but when I wipe and sort of push in the opening a bit is when I see the spotting. Doesn’t flow out, or stain my panties, really weird. I am so confused, I don’t know if it’s all in my head or if I’m pregnant. Waiting and not knowing is a bit stressful. We have been trying for 4 months now so I hope this is it.

    • That sounds frustrating. I hope you get some answers soon, good luck!

    • Was you pregnant?

  38. Implantation bleeding was my first clue that I was pregnant. I had just a little blood on toilet paper when I wiped, only once. I never bleed in advance of my period starting, so when more blood didn’t follow I got happily suspicious. I was also charting BBT closely, so when my temp the next morning showed enough consistent elevation to count as a possible tri-phasic rise, I took a pregnancy test and sure enough! Our first baby is on the way! Due now in about two weeks.

    • Congratulations. I had the same happen and she’s almost 2 in January. I had another bright red bleed when I thought I was 6 weeks
      Pregnant by my calculations and was sure I’d miscarried but ultrasound confirmed she was healthy plus I was actually 8 weeks pregnant.

  39. Hi, I’m bipolar & been ttc on & off for 3 years. Yesterday I started brown then light pink bleeding a day before my scheduled period. I’m a pretty light bleeder as it is, but I put on pantiliner yesterday & it seemed even lighter than usual. Today it’s still super light, hardly anything on the new pantiliner from last night … I just don’t want to get my hopes up. This whole process of ttc is hard on both my husband & me & my mood disorder to boot. I also found out recently the ovarian dermiod cyst I had surgically removed 4 years ago has grown back, currently 5 cm or 5mm, not sure of measurement. I was putting off another surgery because the recovery from the last was a painful nightmare. I’ve complications with my mood disorder & due to this was going though meds that were not very safe for pregnancy. I went to a specialist, found some meds that were “the safest” since I decompensate quickly aka need to be hospitalized. I know many woman don’t agree with psych meds during pregnancy, and I totally feel pressure from that, but this has been taking so long, I can’t just go off my meds for a month to ttc, let alone years. I’m just so frustrated & it’s just so annoying that this implantation bleeding could mimic a reg period so we’ll. Thank you, Mother Nature. So now I guess I’ll see how long this spotting/period/bleeding/whatever you want to call it, lasts. I’ll try to comment when I find out

    • Hey Logan,

      I just wanted to say that there are plenty of women that have successful pregnancies whilst taking medication. I myself have been taking anti-depressants to help with anxiety and being quite anti-medication I did a lot of research into potential effects on a baby before taking anything. What I found was that, firstly, there was very little research suggesting that my particular type of medication was harmful in the first and second trimesters, and secondly, that there was an awful lot of research done around the impact of the mother’s emotional health on her baby. If you are in a bad place emotionally and/or mentally then that is bound to have a Knick in effect on your baby so I would say if you’re working with your doctor, don’t let anybody tell you that you shouldn’t be taking meds whilst ttc – only you know what your body needs and when.
      I believe everybody is in the right place at the right time. And good luck for this month ❤️

  40. I get my period every 5th of each month, my boyfriend and I haven’t used protection like ever ( he uses the pull out method). I recently realized I’ve been experiencing ovulation spotting but now it’s a week before my period is due and I’m experiencing light pinkish red bleeding. Just trying to cover my bases as far as what the cause of this could be. I know it’s too early to detect pregnancy test wise but my breasts and nipples have had these random pains and my back has been starting to bother me. I’m also experiencing some light cramping, loss of apetite, and I felt like someone punched me in the vagina earlier this morning. I know these could be pms symptoms but I usually don’t experience pms until a couple days before.

  41. Have you taken a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy?

  42. Hello, been ttc for about 2 1/2 years now with pcos. My period has always been sporadic, sometimes it doesn’t come for months. But 2 things are for certain. 1. I never have PMS. Ever. No cramps, no nausea, no headaches. Nothing. No warning at all. 2. It always lasts at least a week, sometimes longer. My “period” started on Sept 3rd in the evening (about 5 days after having sex) and ended by late night on the 6/early morning of the 7th. Never had one that short. Taking a hpt next week. Wish me luck! And good luck to everyone else ttc

  43. Hi, my wife started bleeding two days after we had sex. Is this too early for implantation bleeding? Meanwhile her period is supposed to arrive 15 or so days after we had sex

  44. Were ttc for 10 yrs coz were working on diff country now were together for 4 months now i drink clomid on june july then stop then now sept we do the necessary bd before ovulation n on ovulation day 17 now my cd26 we have sex then after i hav spotting then after i wipes its nothing is it ib or just early af im 30 day cycle im 5 days before af comes

    • With some tests, you could get an answer now. Good luck!

  45. Hi, Is it ever common to have a heavier flow than spotting but not filling s tampon that is still red? I started what I thought could be my period today but it was very light yet red. Has gotten a little heavier but nothing like what I am used to, I am usually 4 Aleve in at this point and I am having none of the terrible cramps or hotness I usually feel on the first day. I have been sick for the first time in about 3 years (about two days after what would be fertilization) which is a symptom. I also read sometimes if you ovulate late, the blood could be red not brownish because it is newer blood?

    • I have the same problem…. In less than 24 hours i stopped bleeding what do i do.?

    • I started bleeding after 2days late and it only lasted 1day heavy 2nd day spotting pink now today back spotting red omg im so scared? my last full period was aug 8th it was 6 days straight this one was supposed to start on the 4th of sep it came on the 6th sep im so confused

  46. So I’m using the nuvaring and I have been for about 2 months now. I use it correctly and everything and I also haven’t had sex in about a little over a month. I took my nuvaring out Wedneday and today is Friday. And yesterday I started having some light cramping and I noticed I had some light brown and tanish spotting. Well then I woke up this morning and I had brown discharge again. This time it was a little darker though. I also just over a yeast infection as well. Am I experiencing implantation bleeding?

    • If you’re getting ready to start your period, it’s not likely to be implantation bleeding. You can always take a pregnancy test if your period is late.

  47. Hello!

    With our first child we tried to conceive for 8 months. On the 8th month my “period” came. Exactly on time. I’ve always been 28 day cycle. So I thought it was just another failed attempt.
    On day 4 of my “period” it suddenly occurred to me that this was the lightest, brownest, shortest period I had ever had in my life. I took a HPT and had the faintest positive result. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. My hcg levels were so low I had to go in for multiple bloodworks, but 8 months later I had a healthy boy. Now we have been ttc #2 for 4 months. My period came 2 days ago. Right on time, but it’s only been brown and light when I wipe. No normal red period blood at all. The only other time this has happened to me I was pregnant. I tested today and it was negative so will test again in 2 more days and hope history will repeat itself.

  48. Hey guys i’v been Trying to conceive for about 2& a half years now with irregular periods …so far haven’t had any luck, however this month i missed my period nearly by 2 weeks had mild cramping, moodswings, food adversions. I was using the bathroom today & realized a little pink when i wiped nothing like my usual period, could It be implantation even though I’m 2 weeks late? I’m very confused. Someone pls help

    • Have you taken a pregnancy test?

  49. I have been trying to conceive for about 6 months now and I’m not sure if the things I’m experiencing are just in my head Or something else entirely I had my. 2 weeks ago yet I’ve been lightly bleeding my boyfriend and I think it’s implantation bleeding but we don’t know I took a pregnancy test and it says negative any suggestions

    • Time, unfortunately or a blood test from your provider.

  50. Today make 3 days since my missed period, I woke up with mild cramps and lower back pain accompanied by this pinkish bleeding which is very different than my regular period I haven’t taken a test but I have several pregnant symptoms ,I will be taking a PT tomorrow

  51. Honestly this is the first time I have missed my period since getting off my birth control last October. Now my period has always been around the 26th and always have come with clotting like normal. Well I was about 7 days late and some how on the seventh day I start lightly like really lightly bleeding but it was very light pink not red and had little bit of brown mixed in. I took a home pregnancy test and it said negative but the bleeding is very off for me and very late this really isn’t normal and I have no idea what to do. None of this ever happened with my last pregnancy which was almost 3 years ago

  52. So I’ve been trying to get pregnant and I know sometimes you can make your body believe it’s pregnant without actually being pregnant. But I’ve still been trying to get pregnant. My partner and self have been very intimate and I think/ hope I’m pregnant. My mood swings have been up and down and everywhere else. And today I had light pink bleeding only once when I used the restroom. I also had a couple of days last week when I couldn’t seem to hold anything down. I’m just patiently waiting to see if I have a period which is supposed to start on the 5th and I never spot before my periods or have any signs of blood until the day I’m supposed to come on. And I haven’t taken a pregnancy test just yet in fear of not being pregnant…. Thinking if i wait until the day of my period and it doesn’t come that it’ll be alright to take a pregnancy test ???? shoIII

  53. Hi, had been TTC for about 4 months and my period is always on time. AF was supposed to come on 27th Apr but it didn’t. Tested on the day itself but got a BFN. I’ve been experiencing symptoms which made me so overwhelmed and prayed anxiously while waiting for good news.

    However on 2nd May, I had an intense cramps on my lower abdomen and sharp pain in the left pelvic. Went to doc and tested BFN again. Later in the noon, period came with heavy bleeding and severe cramps. Weird enough, the bleeding lasted only for 3 days and ended with brownish spots (I normally have 5 days long period).

    I did a test again on 9th May which was still BFN. Any idea what’s going wrong with me? Is there any chances of pregnancy as I have no guts to test again. 🙁

    • Do you mind me asking if you were pregnant please? Experiencing something similar over here!

    • I had intercourse on the 19th and on the 23th I experienced what was like implantation bleeding and this is before ovulation.. Could that be the case to? Could I be pregnant? And no I was never pregnant.


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