Understanding Implantation Bleeding

Pregnancy is an exciting journey for anyone, but if you have bleeding during your pregnancy, this can lead to all kinds of worry.

Peek A Baby are here to reassure you that implantation bleeding can be common during the early stages of pregnancy. We understand that any form of bleeding can cause concern, but implantation bleeding may also be one of your first early signs of pregnancy.

What is Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is a common occurrence during the early stages of pregnancy. It is a light and short term bleed that takes place when the fertilised egg has embedded itself into the lining of the uterus. Typically, this can occur around 6-12 days after conception.

It is often thought to be a common and natural part of the pregnancy journey, signalling that the fertilised egg has been successful in implanting itself in the uterine wall.

How Does Implantation Bleeding Differ to a Period?

It is well known that women how fall pregnancy do not then have periods typically throughout their pregnancy. For women who accustomed to regular menstrual cycles, if you find yourself bleeding, this may be the implantation bleed that you are experiencing.

There are a few distinctions that determine the difference in types of bleeds:

  • Implantation bleeds are shorter than a period (lasting typically about 3 days)
  • Pain or discomfort is mild or non-existent in comparison to a period.
  • The bleed is light and spotty without clots.
  • The colour of the bleed is brown, dark brown or has a pink tinge as opposed to bright bleeding on your period.

If you are unsure on what type of bleeding you are experiencing, but think you might be pregnant, book an appointment with your local Peek A Baby today in order to seek peace of mind.

Signs of Implantation Bleeding

As with most changes in the body, implantation bleeding can come with signs and symptoms to be aware of that can also help determine the type of bleed during pregnancy.

Some of the more common signs of implantation bleeding are:

  • Mild cramping
  • A woozy feeling
  • Headaches
  • Swollen breasts
  • Light bleeding or spotting (darker in colour)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and would like to confirm your pregnancy and type of bleeding, contact your local Peek A Baby clinic today and book your early pregnancy reassurance scan with us. Our team can help you find reassurance in these early stages and understand more about why you have been experiencing this implantation bleed.

Alternatively, consulting your GP is a viable option for guidance and peace of mind.

Should You Take a Pregnancy Test During Implantation Bleeding?

You can take home pregnancy tests whether you are experiencing bleeding or not. It is key to note that the hormones released during pregnancy are not released until the fertilised egg is successfully implanted into the uterus.

Take a pregnancy test is often best if you are overdue your period, or it has been 21 days since you have unprotected sex. If you are pregnant, hormones will not be released until successful implanting of the egg in the uterine wall. This may then also trigger the implantation bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy.

Seek Peace of Mind with Peek A Baby

In the midst of pregnancy related joys and concerns, Peek A Baby are a steadfast helping hand for you. Whether you are experiencing implantation bleeding, uncertainty in the early stages of pregnancy, or you are looking for other pregnancy scans, our clinics can help you!

Located in Birmingham, Bromsgrove, and London, we are well located across the UK to help you. Book your appointment online with us today or contact our team for more information and support.

Frequently Asked Questions Around Implantation Bleeding

Typically, implantation bleeding occurs within the first 2 weeks of conception

Although a positive result may be possible, it is more likely that you will get an accurate result following the implantation bleed. Take a test once bleeding has finished and you have missed your first period.

Usually, blood during this time is more pink/brown only when a woman wipes, or it is a more consistent light flow.

Implantation bleeding will likely occur earlier than your expected monthly cycle.

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