Implantation spotting belongs to the very first pregnancy signs. Since it’s associated with bloody discharge, women often feel anxious about it and unsure about what it may indicate. Approximately 30% of expectant women deal with spotting during egg attachment. Most often they take it for early menstruation, but soon find out about pregnancy. What does implantation bleeding look like? Let’s sort out everything we have learnt by now.
- Cause of implantation bleeding. Bloody discharge, accompanying implantation, means partial destruction of blood vessels in uterine wall.
- Timing of implantation bleeding. 2-7 days before period, more rarely matches with period.
- Duration of implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding lasts for 1-2 hours only, 48 hours in rare cases.
- Implantation bleeding color. Normally it is pinkish, which means fresh blood. In case of Ectopic pregnancy, a woman also occasionally gets some vaginal blood when blastocyst embeds. Its color would be brownish, because it needs more time to find a way out of Fallopian tubes. Old blood looks brown.
- Appearance of implantation bleeding. Looks like a few blood drops in cervical mucus.
- Intensity of implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding is usually slight. If it becomes heavier and more intense or lasts longer than 1-2 days, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
- Implantation bleeding symptoms. Spotting during egg attachment may be accompanied by pulling sensations in lower abdomen, same like before menstruation. Women and gynecologists argue about whether one can experience cramps during blastocyst attachment. Actually, a fertilized egg remains infinitesimally small. No medical equipment can detect it, but who knows? You may also get other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. Those who measure basal body temperature will detect one-day temperature fall, followed by temperature increase. But don’t take this fall for a reliable sign: every 2nd woman doesn’t notice such signs in her basal body temperature chart, yet conception occurs.