Poll: Did You Have Bleeding While Pregnant? 273

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. We also have a page that covers actual research done on the prevalence of bleeding during pregnancy. Based on this information, it’s believed about 1 in 4 women experience bleeding in pregnancy.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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273 thoughts on “Poll: Did You Have Bleeding While Pregnant?

  • Thalia Aaron

    My husband and I have been ttc for about a year now. My periods were always irregular so I test often.
    My cycle is about 43 days long. This month (November) my period was due the 24th.
    On the 17th (7 days before) I had really dark discharge. I had a lot of old blood
    I know this because it was very dark brown
    The next day, the 18th, I had a LOT of stringy brown discharge but still no period. It was like this for the first 2 days and on the 3rd (the 19th) I finally got bright red blood. It was only like that for two days. The 21st it stopped again and it got dark. But it wasn’t much discharge. For the next three days after that (21-23) I had slight discharge. Mostly blood clots that felt dry and thick.
    Two days after that (25th) I had pink discharge only once when I wiped. But saw nothing after that. Could I be pregnant? Right now (28th) I’m having cramps..

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      I know it’s likely not what you want to hear, but with a 43 day cycle, it’s entirely possible you don’t ovulate and if you do you don’t do so regularly. Long cycles like this are very common in folks with PCOS, which comes with greatly reduced fertility. I’m afraid it’s more likely your off bleeding is a result of hormonal imbalance, though you could always test to confirm. As you are past the year mark TTC, a fertility specialist would also see you. If it is PCOS, frequently dietary changes can make a huge difference.

  • Gracie


    Am also in a state of confusion. I was found pregnant on a Friday (one day later than my period should have started) but also was diagnosed with a UTI – for which I was given medication. On Monday, I spotted, (4wks+5days pregnant) pink blood but it later developed into bright red blood. Not a heavy flow, but not a very light one either. I did a scan that Monday too but it couldn’t read any pregnancy.

    Is it possible for a period to be 5 days late (Am always a regular). Is it a miscarriage? (I had a few small clots on day 3 of bleeding). It is now day 5 of bleeding. However, there’s no cramping.

    Doctor recommended another scan after 2 weeks but am dying of anxiety. What is your opinion?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      At 4w5d it wouldn’t be abnormal to not find much but a thickened lining, more is there, you just can’t see it yet. It is possible it was a loss, but it’s also possible it’s just a bit of early pregnancy bleeding. One easy answer would be to retake a pregnancy test. In early pregnancy losses levels drop very quickly, so the test would most likely be negative already. The only exception there would be an incomplete or missed miscarriage, then levels may stay high enough for a positive test regardless. Both are less common. Either way, a positive test would be a good sign.

  • Sukanya

    Hi.. I’m trying to conceive n did an IUI on my fertile date.. my due is on Nov 13th.. today being my 28th day, got slight orangish discharge.. with severe back ache.. is it a sign of pregnancy or my periods.. I usually get my periods on my 28th day.. can someone please help to clarify.. I’m lil worried it cud be a period again..

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Sadly, it could be, I wouldn’t consider a tiny bit of orange discharge a sure sign you aren’t pregnant, but it’s not a sign you are either. Unfortunately, you’re still stuck waiting. Good luck.

      • Sukanya

        Yea.. fingers crossed.. bcoz even today I did not get my periods.. and the secretion too became yellow to white.. hoping for the best!!

          • Sukanya

            Lol!! Got ma periods finally… like always.. kinda pink in color this tym…. anyways thanks fa yur reply.. may be I need to start t procedures all over again.. lil fed up.. but yea.. I’m left with no choice.. sad but true.

  • M

    During my first pregnancy, I bled regularly starting somewhere in the second trimester (Not monthly, just regularly every now and then). The doctor checked my cervix, and had no explanation. My baby is 1.5 yrs old now. *shrug*

  • Hannah

    Thanks for this page it’s been really helping me. I got a positive test on Friday 3rd November ( my period was due this day) and that same day stated cramping and bleeding, lighter than usual for me but still too much for it to be implantation (fresh red blood).

    I took another test the following day and got a blazing positive, fat stronger than the one the day before.

    I’ve had a blood test and get the results tomorrow. I’m really hoping there’s a chance things might be okay but I’m preparing for it to not be the outcome I want.

    My question is, how long until I will be fertile again after this? I want this so badly I’m just sad I keep seeing positive tests and blood. Dr says to wait it out as I’m only 4.5 weeks so nothing will show on a scan… do you have any experience of this good or bad?


    • Life with Gremlins admin

      That your test has stayed positive is a very good sign, with early losses hCG levels tend to drop very quickly. I would say wait until the bleeding has stopped, then retest, if it’s still positive, you’re still pregnant. Wishing you a positive outcome here.

  • Fatema


    I am trying to get pregnant. It is my first time to try to get pregnant. I had sex 8 days before my period was due. On the day of my period ot came…very thin and lighter than normal and with a foul smell. I lt usually lasts 6 days but this time I had this bleeding for the first day only. 2nd day I had a spot of red blood and some discharges (little)…3rd day there was only one spot of red blood and no discharges at all….I am having stomachache and a fewling that I want to vomit (not normal during my period) …I am now on my “4th” day of period and I am having back and lower tommy pain which usually last for 2 days max…Should I see a dr???

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Intercourse 8 days before your period is unlikely to result in pregnancy, this is because you ovulate roughly mid-cycle in most cases (so around 14 days before your period) and the egg is long gone within 24-48 hours. You mention that this odd period also had a foul smell, so despite pregnancy probably not being to blame, you may want to check in with your care provider to rule out infection. On occasion period blood can have an odor, but any strong scent described as foul is cause for concern.

  • Jessie

    My period was due on 22nd Oct and I have a 29 day cycle which is always regular. On the 23rd I have some light pink/light brown spotting which was on and off during the day with a mild cramps. Today is the 25th (no more cramps) and I still have the slight spotting. Could it be implantation bleeding or period?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      If the bleeding has been over several days, implantation is unlike unless it’s a hormone dip. My vote is light or slow starting period.

  • Sherri

    My period started on September 30 and it’s now October 16 and I’m having light bleeding and cramping on right side as if my period is about to start again, should I be concerned? I’m 42 years old

    • Fariya

      My period came 5 days earlier than normal then it lasted for two days the flow was light and had some kinda brown color then it came again as just a spot in pink color ..I tested and the result was negative ..Am I pregnant?

  • Phadi

    Hello, I dont know what is going on and perhaps im over thinking because i do really want a baby but i took my last pill (yaz) on the 2nd september after 5 months of taking it and started bleeding on the 6th september for 4 days. I had sex 4 times during the months and experienced nausea, acid reflux, aversion to certain smells, fatigue and frequent urination so i was sure i was pregnant. I dont yet have money to get a test so i wanted to do the bleach test in the meanwhile and as i wiped with a tissue, I saw blood. So im currently still experiencing the same symptoms as well as mild cramps. So is this my period? Is it pretty pointless to still test? Today is ghe first day of bleeding

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      It’s unusual to become pregnant the first cycle off birth control because your hormones are still in flux. Imbalanced hormones, however, can cause pregnancy-like symptoms, so that’s my guess here, just fall out from coming off the pill. The bleach test does not work by the way. If you’re thinking you’ll be a test-addict (some ladies just love to pee on a stick lol) you might order some cheapies you can test with until you get a positive, then confirm with another brand. Something like first response is considered super reliable, but they also are pretty expensive. You can get 20 dip strip tests on the other hand for around $7. The more in-bulk you go the cheaper they get.

  • Katerina

    I bled for approx 2 weeks. It was light but consistant. I went to the hospital to get everything checked but they werent very supportive or interested. They basically said, its early (1month in) so if you miscarry, you’ll know.. otherwise your fine. It was nerve racking. I never found out why i bled but i went on to have a beautiful little boy.

  • Rose

    Hey there! Me and my partner been trying to have a baby these past few months. I have irregular period and sometimes unusual. I normally have ny period on the first week of the month but as time goes by, it can be delayed from 2-6 days. Now I have my period on the 2nd week of the month. The calendar says i have 34 day cycle. I had my period last august 14. Since then we are always having sex without protection. I felt some pregnancy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, back aches, mood swings, cravings, bloated and the feeling of tiredness. Come this Sept., i checked and it came out negative, i’ve been delayed for almost 3 days. I had my period on 17th of sept. The weird things is i just bled for 3 days and on my 4thday it’s only a ahade of pinkish discharge.We had sex again on my 4th and 5th day of my period. I still experience these symptoms. Could I be pregnant? Hope I could hear from you.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      If your cycle is continually becoming longer, the issue is probably hormonal (which can also cause pregnancy-like symptoms). Since you’re trying to conceive, it may be best to see a fertility specialist for some hormone level testing.