What is Implantation Bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is one of the early signs of pregnancy.

Only about a third of pregnant women actually experience it. This usually occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself into the lining of the uterus.

If it is successful, the developing placenta will begin to produce the hormone hCG, which can be detected by a home pregnancy test.

The symptom may show up as light, brown spotting. It typically takes place on average between 6 to 12 days past ovulation. Usually occuring approximately 7 days after conception, which is normally about 7 days before you expect to get your next period.

Although break through bleeding is an early sign of pregnancy, it's not a reliable sign of pregnancy. Most women who are pregnant may never experience this. Because the lining of the uterus is made up of blood, there can be a bit of blood expelled in some women causing this break through bleeding.

Since this normally happens around the time your next period is due, so some women may assume that it's their period.

As mentioned earlier, this doesn't happen in EVERY pregnancy, it's just something that CAN happen, so don't be alarmed if it does happen to you. In any case always consult your doctor.

Personal Experience:
"When I was pregnant with my third son I experienced some light spotting. The day that my period was due I spotted one time and that was it.

With my fourth pregnancy (unfortunately this one ended in a miscarriage ), I also experienced the light brown spotting, but this time it was a week before my period was due and it lasted about 3 days."

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