Spotting In Early Pregnancy – Is It Common?
Approximately 10% of women experience spotting during very early pregnancy, usually between 8 and 12 days after ovulation (see image below). Often referred to as implantation bleeding as it is a result of the foetus attaching / implanting itself to the wall of the womb.
Some woman will, understandably mistake this as a light period as implantation bleeding will occur around the time that your first period after conception would have been due (remember: Conception happens around 2 weeks after you last period started)
Implantation is the initial connection between mother and baby’s blood supply.
How Does Implantation Bleeding Look?
Implantation bleeding is similar to a period but usually much lighter and varies in colour from brown to pinkish red.
How Long Does Implantation Bleeding Last?
Usually between 1 and 3 days.
Should I be worried About Spotting/Bleeding In Early Pregnancy?
It’s natural that you will feel extremely worried if you are spotting during early pregnancy however more often than not everything will turn out to be just fine.
We do advise as a precautionary measure to always contact your doctor or midwife if you experience any bleeding at any point.
25% of women experience bleeding of some kind during the first trimester (first 12 weeks of pregnancy).
Sometimes bleeding can be a sign of something more serious – your doctor may refer you to hospital to have a “Viability Test” (an early scan).
Again please try not to worry – we experienced quite heavy bleeding which lasted for 3 days and everything was fine – you can read our story and watch our scan video in our pregnancy diary blog.
The diagram below shows the initial stages from fertilisation to implantation.