If you’re wondering if you’re pregnant, you might start becoming more curious about the signs of pregnancy and the changes in the body. It’s only natural to be wondering, “Am I really pregnant or not?” The pregnancy test kit usually is only able to give you an answer 1 week after the expected start date of your menstrual period, but you, on the other hand, want to find out as soon as possible, right?
Let’s take a look at the differences between implantation bleeding and the usual menstrual period that you can look out for before the lines appear on the pregnancy test kit: The differences in color, amount and timing of the blood or vaginal discharge. Get yourself acquainted with these signs, and you might be able to come up with an answer more quickly than the pregnancy test kit!
What is Implantation bleeding?
The egg and the sperm meet and become a fertilized egg, and when the fertilized egg implants itself in the lining of the uterus, the villi of the endometrium is hurt. Implantation bleeding might at times be accompanied by light pain or cramps.
Since there are no absolute signs of implantation bleeding, many don’t notice the differences and it’s only after confirming the pregnancy that many come to the realization that “that was implantation bleeding”!
It’s been said that only 1 in 50 people are able to guess if the discharge they’re seeing is implantation bleeding or not. Even if you’re pregnant and don’t see any blood, rest assured! Implantation bleeding doesn’t happen to everyone, and even if you don’t see any bleeding, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong with your pregnancy.
Some moms say that even though they don’t bleed, they see an increase in their vaginal discharge, or that it is thicker than usual.
Implantation bleeding: Color and amount
Implantation bleeding color
There will be huge differences among individuals with regard to the color of the discharge you see. Bleeding due to implantation can appear brownish or like the usual menstrual bleeding, appear faintly pinkish in color and continue for a span of 2 to 3 days, or even appear as fresh blood. You might mistake it as your usual menstrual period.
Although appearances can be deceiving, some moms have the sixth sense that tell them that the bleeding is different from their usual menstrual period, and that what they are looking at is actually blood from the process of implantation. It is indeed difficult telling this from that, so don’t be frustrated if you can’t! It was never easy to spot the differences between the two to begin with.
Implantation bleeding amount
The amount of discharge or blood as a result of implantation could be about the same as the usual amount of discharge or blood you see each month. The difference in amount is very slight to the point that most moms don’t notice anything off.
When does implantation bleeding occur?
Implantation bleeding usually takes place during the period from one week before your expected menstrual period date up to the start date of your menstrual period.
Ovulation, fertilization, and implantation take place within the span of a week. According to the WHO, a menstrual cycle is defined as taking place once every 28 days. Ovulation occurs two weeks or 14 days after your menstrual period starts and implantation takes place about 1 week after that, so that is 1 week before the start of your next menstrual period – around 21 days after your last menstrual period.
If you’re seeing your next period 3 weeks after your previous menstrual period (and you usually have a regular period!), then what you’re actually seeing might just be implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding can occur at different times for different people, and its duration also differs greatly – some see bleeding for a day, some see it for more than a week.
Implantation bleeding: A pregnancy loss?
How is implantation bleeding different from bleeding due to miscarriage? Many women find it difficult to differentiate between the two, but implantation bleeding must first occur before a miscarriage occurs and the embryo or blood is expelled.
Implantation bleeding occurs either because the fertilized egg implants itself into the wall of the uterus or because the right environment for the placenta to grow has to be created. As it is a physiological phenomenon, there’s nothing you have to worry about!
Implantation bleeding: Use a pregnancy test kit!
You might have been on tenterhooks all this while, wondering, if you’re pregnant. If the discharge you see is more than the usual amount, a different color, and comes at a different time, it might not be your usual menstrual period.
Using implantation bleeding as a sign to confirm your pregnancy is difficult, so it is recommended that you measure your basal body temperature to determine if you’re actually seeing the early signs of pregnancy.
When you first notice what you think might be implantation bleeding, use a pregnancy test kit about 7 to 10 days after to confirm if you’re indeed pregnant or not. Good news might just be awaiting you.