While pregnant, it is only natural for us to be extra cautious and aware of everything we do and everything that happens to us. So at the slightest sign of trouble, we start panicking. Cramps in my thighs? I must be going into labour. Puking in the morning? It must have been that small piece of mango I ate. What about bleeding? What does THAT mean?
Not everything that happens needs to point to something negative. Implantation bleeding is a perfectly normal thing that happens about a week after fertilisation - usually between Day 10 and Day 14 post-conception. It doesn’t last for any longer than two days and sometimes, it is so minor that you may not even notice it. Some women may not even experience it at all.
What IS Implantation Bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is actually one of the first signs that you are pregnant. It indicates that the fertilized egg has successfully implanted itself against the lining of your uterus. This process may cause some light bleeding which is perfectly normal. You don’t need to panic if this happens or doesn’t happen.
There are few women who never even experience implantation bleeding but still have a healthy pregnancy. Pregnancy tests taken after this implantation bleeding or light spotting is usually positive in those days right before your next expected period.
When Is It NOT Implantation bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is usually much lighter than your regular period and is usually accompanied by mild cramps. So if you experience excessive bleeding and cramping, you may have to consult your doctor about it especially if you face rectal pain or if you have a history of infertility, miscarriage or tubal disease. Tubal or ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg implants itself anywhere except the uterus due to which you may get pain concentrated on one side.
What About Bleeding During The Early Pregnancy Days
You may experience some light bleeding even after you know for sure that you are pregnant. This is what is known as the first trimester bleeding. This is again nothing to worry about this vaginal spotting as long it really is just spotting AKA light bleeding but this does not mean that you should not inform your doctor about any bleeding that occurs after you have been confirmed to be pregnant.
The bleeding will require monitoring and you will have to tell your doctor about any changes that you notice. However, in most cases, women who experience early bleeding or first trimester bleeding go on to deliver a perfectly healthy baby.