What Is Implantation Bleeding?
You may think it’s just a light period, but it’s an early sign of pregnancy. It’s not dangerous, and you don’t need treatment.
Implantation Bleeding Causes
Sometimes, as the embryo attaches, it causes a little bleeding. It doesn't mean the baby will have problems.
Implantation Bleeding Signs and Symptoms
- Blood that’s brown or pinkish
- Blood that’s lighter in flow than what you get during your period
- Mild cramping
It’s probably implantation bleeding if you have some of the other signs of early pregnancy, including:
- Tender, swollen breasts or nipples
- Upset stomach
- Vomiting (morning sickness)
- Food cravings or aversions
- Mood swings
- Peeing more than usual
If you’re not sure whether you’re having implantation bleeding or your period, take a pregnancy test or talk to your doctor.
How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?
Unlike most periods, it usually stops after 1 or 2 days.
Implantation Bleeding Treatment
It will stop on its own. If you're worried that you've bled a lot, call your doctor. They may want to know how much blood you saw and what color it was.
Other Causes of Bleeding During Pregnancy
Many things can cause bleeding in pregnant women, some of them harmless and some serious. If you’re bleeding a lot, with or without pain or cramping at any time, call your doctor.
If you’re pregnant and see blood in your underwear, it may be caused by:
Sex. Hormonal and physical changes may be to blame for this. It should stop on its own.
Fibroids and polyps. Your doctor might do some tests to check for these growths on your uterus.
Cervical problems. Conditions like infection or growths on your cervix can also cause bleeding.
Ectopic pregnancy. This is when an embryo implants outside your uterus. You may have bleeding with pain and cramps. It’s dangerous and needs medical care right away.
Miscarriage. About 15% of known pregnancies end during the first few months. Most women bleed and cramp afterward. Call your doctor right away if you know that you're pregnant and you have these symptoms.