Implantation bleeding

Glow • Sat Nov 19. 2016

How often have you been driven crazy by tiny drops of pink discharge in your panties just when you thought that you may be pregnant! Is it implantation bleeding or the beginning of your period? This is the eternal question.

Don’t worry. Glow has your back.

Implantation bleeding is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy: a small bit of bloody discharge that can occur when a fertilized egg implants in the uterine wall. Unfortunately, a lot of women have a hard time telling the difference between such bleeding and the start of their periods.

Wondering if it really IS implantation bleeding? Here are four conditions to keep in mind.

  1. Implantation bleeding resembles spotting. It does not get heavier as the days go by.

  2. Implantation bleeding usually lasts 1-2 days--much shorter than a regular period.

  3. Implantation bleeding usually occurs anywhere from 6 to 12 days past ovulation, assuming you had sex during your fertile window.

  4. Implantation bleeding is often pink or rusty brown. It is rarely red.

Of course, every woman's body is unique and every situation is different. Implantation bleeding is not universal among pregnant women at all. We asked Mamas-to-be in the Glow Nurture pregnancy app if they experienced spotting or implantation bleeding prior to finding out that they were pregnant. Of the over 10,000 women polled, only 21% said they experienced spotting or implantation bleeding in early pregnancy. That means that 3 out 4 women polled got pregnant without noticing any type of bleeding at all!

Our conclusion? If you do notice a bit of bleeding, it could be a good sign. That said, not seeing any blood is nothing to freak out about….you could still very much be pregnant.

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Sa Posted at Feb 21. 2017
Okay so I've been spotting for the past 2 days but not red like a period but darker. Also have had a headache and my right boob hurts. Should I take a test? I would love to have a BFP but we've had so many negatives I don't want to take another test. Could it be ovulation spotting? So many questions!!
Je Posted at Feb 16. 2017
How many days after should you take a test after experiencing implantation bleeding? 
Al Posted at Feb 13. 2017
It's confusing sometimes to differentiate. I always have some sort of spotting during the week before my period (pink or brown) but when I was pregnant with my daughter was actually the ONE time I never had any spotting at all. And not to be TMI, but I'm one of those people who always looks at the toilet paper every time I wipe lol, so I would've noticed it!