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What You Can Do During Implantation Bleeding Days

A small amount of spotting during the first weeks of pregnancy may actually be what is known as implantation bleeding. This slight amount of discharge occurs as a result of the fertilized egg attaching itself to the lining of the womb. Embryo becomes a ball of cells, known as a blastocyst. As the fertilized egg attaches, it can disturb the lining of the uterus. As a result a woman can experience a small amount of bleeding, which can last anywhere from a few hours to 2-3 days. The good news is that this is a common thing for 30% of pregnant women. Such a type of bleeding usually subsides with no further issues.

Normal Versus Abnormal

Normal implantation bleeding is just that, normal. It is simply an early sign, perhaps the earliest symptom, of pregnancy and is a proof that things are proceeding the way they are supposed to. The bleeding is typically very slight, less than a menstrual flow, and generally takes place about a week earlier than when the expected menstrual period would take place. The blood may also appear darker than a regular period, as this type of discharge has had to travel a ways before exiting through the vagina.

A small amount of spotting during the first weeks of pregnancy may actually be what is known as implantation bleeding. This slight amount of discharge occurs as a result of the fertilized egg attaching itself to the lining of the womb. Embryo becomes a ball of cells, known as a blastocyst. As the fertilized egg attaches, it can disturb the lining of the uterus. As a result a woman can experience a small amount of bleeding, which can last anywhere from a few hours to 2-3 days. The good news is that this is a common thing for 30% of pregnant women. Such a type of bleeding usually subsides with no further issues.

Normal Versus Abnormal

Normal implantation bleeding is just that, normal. It is simply an early sign, perhaps the earliest symptom, of pregnancy and is a proof that things are proceeding the way they are supposed to. The bleeding is typically very slight, less than a menstrual flow, and generally takes place about a week earlier than when the expected menstrual period would take place. The blood may also appear darker than a regular period, as this type of discharge has had to travel a ways before exiting through the vagina.

What might be mistaken for “abnormal” implantation bleeding may not actually be connected with this phenomenon at all, but something more serious. If the blood you’re seeing becomes very heavy or deep red in color, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. If your mid-cycle discharge is accompanied by abdominal pain and severe cramps, this could indicate an ectopic pregnancy, which is deemed a medical emergency. Other cramping or continued bleeding could also possibly be a sign of a miscarriage, which typically occurs within the first twelve weeks (during the 1st trimester). Other possible causes of heavier bleeding could include placenta previa or placental abruption. If you are experiencing anything that you feel could be abnormal and more than just normal implantation bleeding, call the health care provider and the specialists will answer all your questions and concerns or schedule an appointment.

What Can You Do During the Implantation Bleeding Days?

Since implantation bleeding is considered normal and not an actual risk-factor, it is generally safe to carry on with normal activities, that you’ve been doing up to this point. However, for something strenuous such as a workout at the gym, you may wish to call your doctor. If you have not had a pelvic exam and a hCG test yet, let your gynecologist know you suspect (or know exactly) you are pregnant and think you may be experiencing implantation bleeding. Explain the type of exercises you are planning to do, and your doctor will tell you if it’s okay to workout during this time. Use common sense guidelines such as avoiding heavy lifting during pregnancy or beginning new and more vigorous training than what you’ve been used to. Keep in mind, that in this very early stage many women may not yet even realize they are pregnant and mistake this bleeding for the start of a regular period. In these cases, they usually carry on as usual with no consequences, only later realizing what was really happening.

What Not to Do During Implantation Bleeding Days

During the time of implantation bleeding you should wear a light panty liner or a pad to protect clothing as well as to help you keep track of the amount and heaviness of the cervical mucus. Tampons should never be worn during pregnancy, so if you interpret this early sign of expecting a child as just that, avoid them. You should also abstain from douching during implantation bleeding days, as well as during pregnancy in general. If you are aware you are carrying, with bloody discharge or otherwise, it may be best to put off travel arrangements until after the first twelve weeks, or first trimester. During this period the risk of miscarriage is the greatest. Sexual intercourse should also be postponed until after the bleeding has stopped, and can typically be safely resumed during a healthy pregnancy. Because of the presence of blood and the inability to wear tampons during this time, activities such as swimming, either in a pool or open water, should be put off until the mid-cycle discharge stops.

What About Rest and Nutrition?

If you are expecting a child, it is important for you both to get adequate rest. You will likely be feeling very tired as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes, that take place during pregnancy. Try to relax and take it easy as best as you can during these few days, just to make sure everything is okay. Unless you are having some symptoms, that could indicate a more serious problem, there is rarely any need to go to the extreme of requiring total bed rest or hospitalization. Remember, implantation bleeding is a normal part of a healthy pregnancy. Continue on with a normal, healthy diet (as best as you can, because you may be starting to experience some signs of morning sickness and nausea). Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated at all times during pregnancy, especially if you continue to throw up often. Again, these are mainly common sense guidelines to use during these few days as well as during all months of the pregnancy. There are really no other special care instructions for how to deal with this brief period of time. Just try to remain calm and be aware of any changes, which may be cause for concern. Always contact your health care provider with any questions you may have.

Conclusion

Implantation bleeding is just a temporary, normal occurrence during pregnancy. Think of it as the baby settling in for the nine months’ stay. It is not something that can be avoided or prevented, and some women may not even know about it at all. Being aware of the likelihood of this condition can help to alleviate fears if you should happen to see some light spotting in the first trimester. It also helps to distinguish the real implantation bleeding from other early pregnancy bloody discharge, which might indicate something more serious.

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