One of the earliest signs that a woman is expecting a baby happens about six to 12 days after conception, according to the American Pregnancy Association. When the embryo implants itself into the uterus, light implantation bleeding can result as well as other symptoms, such as lower back pain. However, some pregnancy-related bleeding might indicate potential problems and even miscarriages, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Ordinary Implantation Bleeding and Associated Symptoms
Ordinary implantation bleeding usually is very light, according to the Mayo Clinic. Usually, this is accompanied by mild pain similar to menstrual cramps. However, the bleeding itself is usually lesser in quantity than that associated with menstruation. The blood is “spottier” and doesn’t last nearly as long as a typical period does. The color is also typically lighter than menstrual blood.
Identifying Unusual Bleeding
Unusual bleeding, especially early in pregnancy, might indicate a miscarriage or, in some cases, ectopic pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. If your bleeding is thick and includes clot-like matter, you may have suffered a miscarriage; severe pain associated with abnormal bleeding might indicate miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. Many miscarriages cannot be prevented and happen in the first weeks of pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is more common during the first trimester; the fetus is trapped in a fallopian tube rather than the uterus. Unfortunately, a doctor must terminate the pregnancy with surgery or drugs as it cannot be converted into a typical pregnancy. Failure to address a miscarriage or possible ectopic pregnancy can lead to loss of fertility and death.
Additional Symptoms Soon After Implantation
Soon after your future son implants himself into your womb, you’ll likely experience some other pregnancy symptoms other than light bleeding, according to the Mayo Clinic and the American Pregnancy Association. Swollen and tender breasts are especially common in expectant moms about one to two weeks after implantation. You might also find yourself unusually tired about a week or two after conception. “Morning sickness,” marked by nausea and sometimes vomiting, can happen as early as two weeks after your baby implants itself into your uterus. Backaches and headaches, sometimes the result of hormonal surges throughout pregnancy, can also start in the early days and weeks after implantation. However, the biggest sign of all that you are expecting is usually a missed menstrual period; implantation bleeding does not usually coincide with the time frame of your expected period and doesn’t happen with every mom.
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