05 May Implantation Bleeding
Implantation bleeding is considered a normal part of pregnancy, but any bleeding is a cause for concern when a woman is trying to get pregnant. Implantation bleeding, however, might be very good news as it could be the earliest sign that a woman is, in fact, pregnant. With the variations of the human body, however, it is best to be informed, as bleeding is also a sign that your next period is underway.
There are some telltale signs that differentiate implantation bleeding and a woman’s monthly menstrual flow. Here are some of the observable differences:
- Implantation bleeding is generally much lighter than a typical menstrual flow
- Implantation bleeding occurs on day 22 through 24, while menstrual flow comes around day 26 or 27
- Implantation bleeding usually turns up as “spotting”
- Implantation bleeding occurs about 10 days into a pregnancy. If not pregnant, a woman’s period occurs from four to seven days after that
- Implantation bleeding only lasts a day or two. Menstrual flow lasts a week or more.
- If you are counting on a cycle calendar, implantation bleeding occurs on day 22 through 24, while menstrual bleeding comes around day 26 or 27.
- Implantation bleeding often coincides with other signs of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, increased need to urinate, fatigue. A woman’s breasts can also become sensitive in early pregnancy.
Implantation bleeding is the result of the fertilized egg implanting itself on the inner wall of the uterus. This causes an irritation in the wall, which could result in light bleeding.
If you are concerned about bleeding, it is wise to take note of the color and consistency of the blood. Your doctor will likely ask about this.
- Menstrual flow is apt to be more watery and the color apt to be a brighter red.
- Implantation bleeding involves spotting that is light pink or brown-colored.
Vaginal bleeding could also be the signs of an ectopic pregnancy. This relatively rare condition (occurring in 1 out of 50 pregnancies) is accompanied by sharp, stabbing pain and very discomforting nausea and dizziness. This is a potentially dangerous development that requires immediate medical attention.
However, if the bleeding is light and the pain is just morning sickness … that’s very different. Go buy an over-the-counter pregnancy test when the time comes. (They are not considered accurate until day one of a woman’s next cycle.) From a natural standpoint, implantation bleeding could well be the first indicator that congratulations are in order.