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What is implantation bleeding?

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If you see light bleeding -- small pink or brown spots -- in your underwear and you think you might be pregnant, it could be implantation bleeding. That happens 6 to 12 days after conception, and you may mistake it for your regular period.

It’s actually an early sign of pregnancy. It’s not dangerous, and you don’t need treatment.

Heavy bleeding (more than a typical period) is cause for concern, though. Contact your doctor if you have this alone or combined with fever, chills, or cramps that get worse.

From: What Is Implantation Bleeding? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 7, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/7/2018

SOURCES:

March of Dimes: “Pregnancy Complications.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “What Are Some Common Signs of Pregnancy?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding,” “Early Pregnancy Loss.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 7, 2018

SOURCES:

March of Dimes: “Pregnancy Complications.”

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “What Are Some Common Signs of Pregnancy?”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Abnormal Uterine Bleeding,” “Early Pregnancy Loss.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on September 7, 2018

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