Poll: Did You Have Bleeding While Pregnant? 232

Here at Life with Gremlins, one of our most commented posts is “Period While Pregnant” followed by “Implantation Bleeding or Period?” Sadly, many of those commenters never return to say if they were or were not pregnant. I’ve designed this page to have success or failure stories as a well as an inactive poll which, hopefully, will give us a better idea how often women experience bleeding during pregnancy or have late/early/light bleeding and end up pregnant. The last thing we want to do with the information on this site is provide false hope or unnecessary worry. While medical books state bleeding during pregnancy does happen, I have yet to see any sort of statistics as far as how common bleeding during pregnancy is.bleeding while pregnant poll

The effectiveness of this page depends on a few things.

-User interaction. I can’t do this without you.
-Honesty. If results tallied here are inaccurate, the page will also be inaccurate. Please only submit confirmed positives or negatives, not “I think I was….”

I would love to see more than just poll responses and get actual stories in the comment section for more detail.

Things such as:

-When was the bleeding? Was it before you got a positive test? After?
-Did you determine the reason for the bleeding?
-How long after the bleeding did your get a positive test?
-If you had bleeding and weren’t pregnant, did you find the reason behind your symptoms?

All comments are moderated, meaning your story may not pop up right away. I may edit it for readability, but will not change any details (so all you bad spellers have nothing to worry about). We use Jetpack comments here, and you can choose to submit anonymously. You can even put in a nonsense fake email, and it will post just fine.

Multiple answers are permitted to allow voting all at once for multiple pregnancies.

If you choose to submit here, I want to thank you in advance for helping others in their journey to conception. 🙂

Did you experience bleeding while pregnant?

When viewing the result of this poll please keep in mind that this is not a scientific study. Results may be skewed by the fact answers are self-reported and women who have had bleeding during pregnancy may also be more likely to click into a link like this to vote (they’ve been there, and can relate to the wonder). This is not to say the information is worthless, but that it should be taken into consideration there are limitations to its accuracy.

Related posts:
Calculating Your Chances of Pregnancy
When To Take a Pregnancy Test for Accurate Results
Missed Period Negative Pregnancy Test Explanation

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232 thoughts on “Poll: Did You Have Bleeding While Pregnant?

  • Bb

    I had un protected sex and two days after i took a contraceptive pill and a week later i had my period. It was full seven days but in the beginning it was brown color but it was a regular seen day period for me. I think i having pregnancy symptoms like extra discharge and nausea and chest pain but the dont last long and lost my appetite like i cant eat all all. Im not hungry but when i do eat i feel fine. Could i be worrying or psyching myself up to believe i have these symptoms when i really don’t. What is the best course of action?

  • Marcia

    I bleed the whole first trimester with my fourth child. I had a healthy baby although was misdiagnosed as a miscarriage when in fact the baby was causing my fibroids to bleed.

    • unwirklich admin

      This is a really interesting case, they didn’t confirm miscarriage via ultrasound? It’s very odd they’d just assume by bleeding.

    • Tanya Rivera

      Wow! Almost sounds like what I am going through now. I was told a miscarriage that I bled it out no sign of a sac. The bleeding stopped as I continue to grow and test negative. Pregnancy symptoms became stronger as I continue to gradually gain 2lbs every two weeks. I feel movements still. My next appt is 5-23-17. Now the bleeding has started again. ???? Invisible baby..

      • unwirklich admin

        Are your tests blood or urine? A vanishing twin is one thought if they are urine tests. If they are blood, you could be dealing with a psychological pregnancy unfortunately, where the body continues to produce pregnancy-like conditions as a result of the belief of continued pregnancy. Hormonal imbalance from miscarriage can also cause weight gain. I am sorry for your loss, and hope you get some small miracle.

  • Jen

    Sorry I clicked yes before a positive test and I meant to say yes before a positive test and I have a healthy 3 1/2 year old! I had a totally normal period. I thought. With typical bleeding. It was not particularly light whatsoever. when I ended up spotting a couple weeks later I took a pregnancy test bc I never spot and I was like 4-5 weeks pregnant!!! I think I ovulate late. Maybe that’s why? Anyways 3 1/2 year old is super bright and active and reaching and exceeding all milestones. She’s a fiesty one too !

  • Shelby Shebelbon

    I usually have my period on the 23 or 24 but this month didn’t come I haven’t took a test yet but I woke up cramping and when I use the bathroom there was blood it was a little heavy but now it’s lighten up could I still be pregnant my first pregnancy I didn’t bleed but could I still bleed and be pregnant even though I didn’t the first pregnancy

    • unwirklich admin

      Yes, it’s possible to have bleeding in a second pregnancy but not a first, of course, it could also just be a late period.

  • ShaQuielle

    I took a pregnancy test a week ago and it cam out positive and period was last so now this week I am experiencing my period is that normal to get period while 2 weeks pregnant

    • unwirklich admin

      It can be, early pregnancy bleeding is actually pretty common, if this bleeding is around when your period should have been, it’s probably break through bleeding and won’t happen again, of course, it could unfortunately also be a miscarriage. In which case your test would be negative relatively quickly. If so, I’m sorry for your loss. If it stays positive, you need to speak with your care provider about the bleeding. They can’t do anything about a miscarriage, but if you’re still pregnant, bleeding can also be indicative of underlying issues that can be helped (it can also be normal).

  • DRH

    So my last period started feb. 7th 2016 which ended after 3 or 4 days. On the 28th of Feb. I had mild pain on my left ovary not to bad I just couldn’t lay down for awhile. I was supposed to get my period in March on either the 4th 5th or 6th. My cycle is usually 28 days but can come a day sooner or later. I missed my period completely those days and on my 5th day being late(which would be cycle day 35 if still counting) I started bleeding which is really weird to me.
    Before all this I had some small symptoms that I never had before with period. I had that small pain on the 28th. Small headache which were new to me because I never get headaches. Nipples looked darker. I felt hotter from time to time. I had a lot of flem/mucus in mornings. Missed period which came 5days later. And for a week my uterus felt full.
    I really thought I was pg. I had never had this happen to me. Period is usually on time.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, I voted twice in the poll as I first had a miscarriage, with some early bleeding, and then soon went on to a second pregnancy, also with bleeding early on, but no miscarriage and now a happy two year old. Both times the bleeding happened after sexual intercourse, a few weeks into the first trimester. The doctors told me that it wouldn’t harm the baby, but if it was making me uncomfortable (which it certainly did the second time around, after a miscarriage!) to avoid having sex. I can’t remember exactly when the bleeding was, but it was far enough into the pregnancy for me not to think it was a period, so probably 6 weeks plus. The first pregnancy miscarried at 10 weeks. I don’t remember having any bleeding apart from after intercourse in the first trimester with my successful pregnancy.

  • Anna

    I have a copper iud so periods can be quite strange. Hard to tell if irregular for other reasons or just the iud. Usually bleed heavily and often for over a week at a time. Had sex several times without any other contraceptives not even withdrawal and I’ve had some pregnancy symptoms because I do feel strange… yet, I’ve had two full on periods on basically on time. Kind of sounds from what I’ve read here from you guys that it is still possible to be pregnant. I don’t think I’d even trust a pregnancy test..
    So is a doctor visit the only sure way to know?

    • unwirklich admin

      A copper IUD is a form of contraceptive. You shouldn’t have to use anything extra. Though it is possible to become pregnant with an IUD, it’s a very small chance. If you don’t trust a pregnancy test, yes, a blood test or ultrasound is the only other option.

  • Sheba

    I had a short period lasting 3days.started light,heavy on 2nd day..nothing on day 3 until having sex.started bleeding, then completely stopped. During the next 3wks leading up to my period due date, I felt hunger issues,increased mucas when wiping,migraine off and on,bloating, pressure, cramping a little, peeing frequently, boobs tender& some tissue hardening ,weight gain. Hcg test ordered by Dr. Was neg,but I had 2wks left til period.did home tests 3days b4 period was due,couldn’t tell if slight line,same day had bleeding, cramping. Waiting for Dr call today.was told by nurse you can have all those symptoms for 3wks b4 period..idk…smh.

    • unwirklich admin

      Well, your symptoms can’t be pregnancy related if they were there before the blood test, blood tests don’t lie, and you don’t get pregnancy symptoms without HcG. The nurse is correct, because many of the hormones that cause pregnancy symptoms are always present, you can get those symptoms without pregnancy.

      • Shari

        I have to disagree with the “blood tests don’t lie” theory. I once had pregnancy symptoms after having intercourse with my then-boyfriend for one weekend only ( we were long – distance at the time). I was certain I was pregnant, but the hpts came back negative every time I tested. I took it upon myself to go to a lab and have a blood test done; the results were negative. I was still quite sure they were wrong. Keep in mind that my SO and I were not having further sex, since we hadn’t been in the same state since. I waited it out, frequently testing vua hpt. My daughter is now 12. So not only did I have early pregancy symptoms (she was my 3rd pregnancy, so I know those well), but I had every negative test known to man.

        • unwirklich admin

          If you only had 1 blood test it’s possible that blood test was taken too early (testing should not be done until 8 days after intercourse minimum, preferably 14) or the victim of a rare lab error. You absolutely cannot be pregnant without hCG, and a blood test taken within accurate range does not lie. I’m not trying to be argumentative, I just truly do not want to give women false hope that their blood test may be wrong, when the chances of that being true is astronomically low, even lower if the test was timed correctly.

          You can read a bit more about what hCG is and what it does, as well as some exploration into the accuracy of hCG testing in this study.

  • Anonymous

    I had intercourse with my bf and he used 3 condoms and also I took an ipill the same day. This was on the 16th jan 16 and today is the 29th

  • Anon

    I had 2 normal periods while pregnant and hadnt known I was pregnant at the time as i had no reason to test. One at 4wks and one at 8wks. I began having spotting a week after my second period which made me think something was up. I had one day of severe stab-like cramping around 10wks and passed the baby with my next period. Judging by the size and features, my baby died around 8-9 wks. I never bothered to take a pregnancy test or go to the doctor because I literally had the proof in my hand that I passed the baby.

  • Melissa

    Ive had one chemical pregnancy, which ended like a heavy period several days after a positive hpt. 2/5 pregnancies started light bleeding and cramps at about 5-6 weeks and sadly ended in miscarriage by 8 weeks. In one of these a 5cm subchorionic hematoma showed up in an ultrasound. My 2 living children were the first and last and i had no issues with those pregnancies. I did undergo testing but got no answers, however with my last child i took aspirin and progesterone and i do believe this helped me carry her to term.

  • Anonymous

    With both of my pregnancies I had spotting around 6 weeks, but my doctor said that was normal. My 1st pregnancy, I had major bleeding right at 12 weeks. It was one of the scariest moments of my life. I was at work which was an hour away from my doctor’s office when the bleeding started. I left work right away and headed to the doctors office. I was diagnosed with placenta privia which was causing the bleeding. As my pregnancy progressed, the placenta moved allowing me to have a natural childbirth with a very healthy baby girl.

  • unwirklich admin

    My stories (yes, plural lol)

    With 2/4 of my babies I had no bleeding at all.

    With 2/4 of my babies I had implantation bleeding. One was a faint pink discharge when wiping just before my period. The other 2 single drops of bright red blood just before my period.

    I have had 3 miscarriages. One was a missed miscarriage. I had no bleeding until after my loss was confirmed by ultrasound. It was an estimated 4 weeks after the baby had died when I had the first bleeding, and about a week later the baby passed.

    The other two were earlier spontaneous losses. They began with light spotting and then moved up to heavy bleeding. One had multiple positive tests, just bleeding. The other actual tissue was seen.

    • Sweetz

      Hi! My boyfriend and I had sex about a month ago. I was having some pregnancy symptoms this month and we just had sex about 4 days ago. The next day my period came and it basically stayed on for two days. My period is normally heavy but this time go around, I was bleeding but not heavy with no period smell…weird! Idk what to do?

      • unwirklich admin

        By now a pregnancy test would be positive, that’s really the easiest way to get your answer. The occasional light period is nothing to worry about.