If you are a diehard fan of the TV program ‘I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant’ like we are, then you’ll know that many women featured experienced irregular periods throughout their life, and in fact experienced what they thought to be a period during their surprise pregnancy.
What is Implantation Bleeding?
Implantation bleeding is one of the very first signs of pregnancy though only about ⅓ of women will experience it. It happens about 6-12 days after conception, and because it happens before any other sign of pregnancy, it can be easy to mistake for a normal period.
When the fertilized egg travels through your fallopian tubes and attaches itself to the uterine wall, it can cause a little bleeding – that’s all! It’s absolutely no cause for concern when it comes to the safety of your pregnancy.
What Does Implantation Bleeding Look Like?
Menstrual blood can certainly come in a wide range of colors – sometimes shockingly so – but implantation bleeding tends be brown or pink.
Also, while many people experience slight spotting or bleeding that turns into a heavier menstrual flow, if it’s implantation bleeding, it won’t. Similarly, you may have light cramping if you’re experiencing implantation bleeding.
Implantation bleeding can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, so if you experience a significantly lighter, shorter amount of bleeding a week or two after unprotected sex, it may be time to take a pregnancy test!