What is implantation bleeding?
A implantation bleeding occurs as a result of a process called implantation which is the first stage of the pregnancy. Implantation is a process where the fertilized egg gets implanted in the uterus for the development into a fetus.
When the fertilized egg enters the uterus some amount of uterus layer is shed allowing the egg to pass in. As a result this little blood is shed called as the implantation bleeding. This is usually pink or brown and not much than just a spotting.
Identifying implantation bleeding:
Not all bleeding that occur during pregnancy is a worrisome issue . In the first early month a mild pinkish blood may come which is very mild pink or brown not bright red which is called the implantation bleeding. A implantation bleeding occurs just a week prior when your menses is to occur . Mild cramps are also common when implantation bleeding occurs. Only after a implantation one can have rise in hcg and a week later you can use a kit which may now show a bfp (positive). Not all can notice a implantation bleeding. And if occurs many may be confused if it is a irregular period occurring or something else.
Difference between implantation bleeding and periods?
A implantation bleeding lasts only a day that too just mild spotting need not require a pad and mainly it looks mild pinkish never bright red. And implantation bleeding occurs a week before your period is due. Wheras a period occurs as bright red blood and also with heavy cramping.
The implantation bleeding never contains clots or tissues in it , it’s just a plain pink spotting . Wheras a period may start with mild blood and starts bleeding with clots and lasts few days. In this way u can differentiate implantation bleeding from periods.
When to approach a doctor?
But it is also to be noted that the spotting doesn’t necessarily be a sign of pregnancy. since there are many other reasons for spotting to occur like pcos , hormonal imbalance etc. If your spotting becomes heavy requiring a pad and if feels like periods occurring on inappropriate time then it’s time to visit a gynecologist to clarify.