What is Implantation Bleeding?
Implantation bleeding usually happens a week or two after fertilisation has happened, as the egg makes it way down the fallopian tube and into the uterus. As the embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus, it can cause some blood cells to burst which can cause slight bleeding.
The bleeding you see from implantation is usually very light - women often describe it as spotting rather than bleeding. It’s often seen just before your period is due and is usually, but not always, a darker colour that the blood you see in your normal period. It is also sometimes accompanied by a cramping feeling.
It’s very hard to know if you are experiencing implantation bleeding or just normal spotting in the lead up to your period and if you are trying to conceive and you do see some spotting before your period is due, all you can do is wait to see if your period arrives on time and if not, take a test.
Are you experiencing implantation bleeding?
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Newly Pregnant and experiencing bleeding?
Try not to worry, it may be that you are experiencing implantation bleeding as described above. Have a chat with your midwife for some reassurance or call your local early pregnancy unit and ask for some advice. They may just tell you to rest with your feet up and to take a pregnancy test again once the bleeding stops but they may be able to fit you in for a scan to see what’s happening, it will mostly depend on how far along in your pregnancy you think you are.
If you are later in your pregnancy, bleeding lots, seeing clots and feeling pain then call your GP or NHS 111. You can also go to A&E at any sign of problem and push to get a scan.
If you’re unsure you can also post a new thread in this support group to get advice from other mums and our team of parent supporters.