#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Why Am I Bleeding?


Hello Ma’am, I’m having a serious problem, I had my periods from the 9th till the 13th of October, the 14th I slept with hubby.  After 5 days, on the 18th, I saw drops of blood. On the 21st I went to the clinic because there were drops of blood and I found out I was pregnant, it stopped on the 26th of October. I need to know what could have been going on with me.  Thanks in advance 🙏🙏

A: Bleeding during pregnancy can be worrying whether it’s a little or a lot. But, it may not necessarily be the sign of a problem.

Bleeding can occur in early pregnancy, close to or about the same time as the menstruation would and thus be mistaken for a period. This bleeding could be due to implantation as the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus (womb).

Implantation bleeding is typically a small amount of light bleeding that occurs about 10 to 14 days after conception. It could last anything from a couple of hours to three days. This is thought to be due to implantation as the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus (womb). This usually occurs in early pregnancy, close to or about the same time as the menstruation would be seen and is thus often mistaken for a period. But, it is usually lighter than menstrual…typically without clots. It would stop on its own and does not require further treatment. If the bleeding is heavier, associated with cramps or any other complication, please see your doctor.

Some tips to help distinguish implantation bleed from menstruation:

  • Menstrual bleeding may have clots. Implantation bleeds have no clots
  • Menstrual bleeding can fill sanitary towel(s). Implantation bleeds are usually described as spotting, as they just stain the panties
  • Menstrual blood is typically bright to dark red. Implantation bleed is light pink to dark brown
  • Implantation bleeds are usually shorter in duration than normal

As a rule of thumb really, any bleeding in pregnancy should be investigated as they may be due to more serious conditions like ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and infections.

I hope this helps.

Good night y’all 😀

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