When you are trying to get pregnant the last thing you want to see is that flash of blood that means your period has made it’s appearance yet again. Many people don’t realize though, that just because you are spotting, doesn’t mean you are not pregnant, but it also doesn’t mean you are pregnant. Crazy roller coaster ride, right?
First, what is implantation bleeding?
The second an egg is fertilized by a sperm it starts dividing, while it is dividing it is also sending out signals to the mother’s body in the form of hormones to tell her body to prepare for pregnancy. During this time the lining of the uterus will thicken, grow, and mature so that it can protect and nourish the embryo.
Somewhere around one to two weeks after it is fertilized the embryo has moved to the uterus and is needing more nutrients. At this time the embryo attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. It is at this time that implantation bleeding can occur. When the embryo attaches itself it can disrupt tiny blood vessels and cause a little bit of brown to red spotting.
How do I know if it’s implantation bleeding and not my period?
There are a few ways you can tell the difference between implantation bleeding and your period. The thing is though, implantation bleeding isn’t a sure-fire way to tell if you are pregnant because it happens before a pregnancy test would come up positive.
First, implantation bleeding generally happens before your expected period, usually about a week or so early. Also, the blood is generally a different color than your normal period. Lastly, the biggest difference is that the bleeding is light and usually over in a day or so, where your period lasts longer and is heavier.
So how can I know for sure?
The thing with implantation bleeding is that there is no way know for sure. It sounds like a pain, but you just have to wait. I suggest waiting until the day your period is supposed to arrive, and if it hasn’t shown up yet take a pregnancy test. This is the only way to determine implantation bleeding from just regular spotting.