One of the symptoms of pregnancy that can cause worry for women is spotting from implantation. The usual cause of light bleeding in early pregnancy is implantation of the fertilized egg, which is called implantation bleeding.
Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterine wall, and it usually happens about 7 to 14 days after conception. Because the uterous lining is primarily blood, when implantation occurs, a small discharge of blood is commonly released.
Bleeding due to implantation is characteristically a small volume of pink or brown vaginal discharge. Between 32-35% of women actually experience implantation bleeding as a symptom of pregnancy.
If this bleeding is from implantation, it will be more like spotting rather than a steady flow of blood you would get with your period. So if you have been trying to get pregnant, and it's getting close to your period, you might think that the spotting from implantation is actually from your period. If you have any questions, an early pregancy test will likely be able to tell you within about 9-11 days after ovulation.
(If you're not sure about your exact ovulation day, use our ovulation calendar to help you figure it out).
Any time implantation of a fertilized egg occurs, bleeding can occur. Formal and informal implantation bleeding statistics we have seen published put the average between 7-13 days after ovulation, with about 72% of participatng women reporting their implantation bleeding in this window.
Since bleeding or dsicharge due to implantation releases such a small amount of blood, there is no real cause for alarm. If the spotting or bleeding appears with an achey back, cramping, or the bleeding is heavy (like a period), then you may want to talk to your Ob/Gyn or healthcare provider.
There is no reason to be alarmed because some women experience cramps that feel like menstrual cramps early in pregnancy because the uterous is beginning to expand to make room for the embryo to grow into a fetus, and then into a full term baby (who will change your life).