Implantation bleeding is an early pregnancy sign that is sometimes missed by women.Although not all women have this symptom, many do. Read on to find out how to tell if you are experiencing this pregnancy symptom.
What exactly is implantation bleeding? Once an egg has been fertilized, it burrows itself into the uterus lining. This can cause spotting or bleeding for some women, and this is what is referred to as implantation bleeding. This bleeding takes place in the first trimester, around 5-12 after ovulating, and is generally harmless.
Not all women experience this bleeding. Roughly twenty-five to thirty percent of pregnant women will have implantation bleeding. It’s perfectly normal if it happens, but also normal if it doesn’t. The trouble is, many women confuse this bleeding with a regular menstrual period, so this sign of pregnancy is often missed.
How can you tell the difference between a menstrual period and implantation bleeding? There are usually several small differences. Implantation bleeding is usually much lighter than menstrual bleeding. If it’s only necessary to wear a panty liner, it’s probably implantation bleeding. Menstrual bleeding is usually dark or bright red, whereas implantation bleeding is often a pink or brown color. Menstrual bleeding usually lasts longer than implantation bleeding.
What should you do about implantation bleeding? There’s really nothing special you need to do. If you notice light spotting around the time of your regular period, it may be a sign of pregnancy. There’s no need to worry, as it’s a normal pregnancy symptom.
Implantation bleeding is one of the early pregnancy signs, so you may be pregnant if you are experiencing light spotting. There are other reasons for spotting, however, so don’t assume you are pregnant until it has been confirmed by a doctor. You may or may not have this symptom as part of your pregnancy, but if you do, it’s nothing to worry about.