How to tell the difference between implantation bleeding and a visit from Mother Nature.

Quick notes:

  • Implantation bleeding is much lighter than your menstrual cycle.

  • Implantation bleeding leaves quickly while Mother Nature likes to hang around.

  • Pain does not accompany implantation bleeding.

Many ladies overlook the first signs of pregnancy because they notice blood and assume that they are starting their period. There is, though, a difference in the two types of bleeding.

What is implantation bleeding?

When you become pregnant, your body does a lot of incredible things to prepare for carrying your baby. Many of these things happen in the first few weeks of pregnancy- before you even consider the possibility.

One of these things is that the fertilized egg digs itself into the uterus. Though not always the case, sometimes this implantation of the egg will cause a part of the lining of your uterus to shed.

While bleeding is never fun for ladies, implantation bleeding is normal and not something you need to worry about. It will not harm you or your baby.

Signs that it implantation bleeding

Implantation bleeding comes quick and leaves just as quickly, sometimes as quickly as two days. We all know that periods like to hang around longer.

You might also notice implantation bleeding in between periods. If it is getting close to your regular period date, it may be a bit harder to tell.

The blood itself might be a brown or pink color, and it will flow very lightly. It also does not clot at any point.

When Mother Nature comes to visit, she tends to make herself comfortable and stay a while. And unlike Mary Poppins, Mother Nature’s bag is not filled with goodies.

Signs that it is period bleeding

As previously mentioned, when Mother Nature decides to visit once a month, she tends to stay for longer than a one or two day visit. In fact, she tends to make herself right at home- welcomed or not- for anywhere from four days to a full week.

Unlike Mary Poppins, Mother Nature’s bag is not full of goodies. Instead, she brings dark red bleeding with her that flows light, heavy, or somewhere in between.

How to tell the difference in the two

While you may not know 100% for sure until you take a pregnancy test, you will likely notice a difference. Mostly, it will depend on the characteristics of your regular period.

For instance, most women experience cramping when they start their periods. Pain should not accompany implantation bleeding.

Also, the way it flows and how long it flows can give you the answer. If your regular period is normally heavy with dark blood and lasts for five days, a sudden two-day “period” with light, pink blood is out of the norm, so it probably is not your period.

If you are lucky enough to have a regular period, you know when it should come. Bleeding too soon before that may be implantation bleeding.

Lastly, if you notice clots at any point, it is likely not implantation bleeding.


Other possible reasons for bleeding

There are a few other things that might cause you to bleed. Infections and endometriosis are two of these problems. Others include things such as strenuous workouts or some type of pelvic irritation.

If it seems like a lot of blood, it may even be a miscarriage. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to tell without speaking to your doctor.

Listen to your instincts in this matter. If you feel something is not right, get to the doctor as soon as possible.

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