Poll: Did You Have Bleeding While Pregnant? 303

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.  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.  I apologize for being unaware that the poll on this page had gone kaput for a time. As a result all prior responses were lost 🙁 The comments from those posters are still here below thankfully.

Did you exerperience bleeding during your pregnancy?
5 votes · 58 answers

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

  • Taty

    Hi! I’m 21, previous miscarriage on April 19th at 4wks 4 days. I’ve been nauseous, tingling breasts, itchy stomach, white dots around boobs, feels like knots in boobs, they were swollen, cravings, vivid dreams, super fatigue, my food feeling like it’s in my chest or right in my esophagus, heightened sense of smell, bloated, headaches, aversions since the 12th of July. Last cycle was seven days (according to my Ovia app) and was from June 29th-July 3rd. We tried about 10 times from the 28 of June up until the 24th of July. Well, Saturday, July 28 I started bleeding. At first it was brown and light flow as a normal first day for me. I was kind of confused because the symptoms I listed above had me thinking I was pregnant. Sunday morning took a test and it was negative. Flow became medium. No clots or tissue. I went back to sleep and I was accompanied by bad cramps that eventually stopped. Rest of Sunday was medium flow. Monday pretty medium/light. Boobs still tingling, still see bumps on them seem like little white hairs, still very sensitive to the touch itchy tummy still, headaches. Still feel any food on my chest like it’s in my throat still just not throwing up, still nauseous, I slept 14 hours today. I’m so confused! Lol! My husband was nauseous this morning and felt like throwing up. Last pregnancy he threw up his favorite fruit. Could I still be pregnant? I’m unsure what’s going on but one thing I can say for sure is I’ve never had symptoms like this before at least as “PMS”. Last pregnancy I didn’t even feel all of this. I have a doctors appointment Thursday. I’m a tad bit worried but I’ve been trying not to stress and putting it in God’s hands. Sorry to get spiritual but without him I’d be worried to death. My husband and I don’t want to experience another loss, but he had the final say.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Usually if symptoms are pregnancy related, a test will reflect that, though there are cases where women never get a positive home test, so you doctor’s appointment should clear things up there. If you’re having very short cycles (7 days), there’s a very good chance you’re dealing with some form of hormonal imbalance which can mimic pregnancy symptoms. Be sure to bring your cycle data to your appointment.

      • Taty

        Okay thank you! I’ll definitely bring that information with me tomorrow. I normally always have 5 day cycles. Not sure what’s going on but I think it’s pretty weird hopefully I’m not having any other issues going on breast cancer etc. God forbid but I feel really weird for my body to be mocking pregnancy if I’m not pregnant. Let’s say I’ve had another miscarriage over this period of 5 days…will my doctor be able to tell? Being that I’m not bleeding anymore?

  • Twins_Delight04

    I now have 14 year old twin sons and my period showed up every month until my third month. That’s when I discovered that I was pregnant and that was due to me starting to have severe breastaches. I had no symptoms to flag other than I was hungry and tired and I thought that was because I went to school during the daytime and worked at night. I carried my sons up to 38 weeks which is still considered full term for twins. So it’s very possible to carry a healthy baby or in my case babies while still getting your monthly period.

  • Jennifer

    When I was six weeks pregnant with my 2nd child, I started to bleed. It was like a light period and I was even losing bits of tissue (like small clots). I thought for sure that I was having a miscarriage but my Dr. examined me, confirmed I was pregnant although there was some blood around my cervix, and she sent me for an ultrasound. I turned out that I had a hematoma. There was blood in between the membranes of the amniotic sac. My body was just getting rid of it. I had never heard of this before but was told it can be common. The bleeding stopped altogether a few days later and my son was born healthy at full term.

  • Vera

    They gave me ivf because I have low amh 0.64 age 31 and my husband spermogram is normal they didn’t gave me other treatment just medication of ivf progesterone and some others

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      I’m afraid levels that low often come with a very low IVF success rate, and very little can be done to treat low AMH unless the cause is not age related. For example, sometimes ladies with PCOS or endometriosis show low AMH. Treating those underlying conditions won’t increase AMH levels (those are based on egg reserve levels) but it can increase your chances of pregnancy. A fertility specialist is really your best route to explore your options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions until you fully understand your fertility situation and the best plan of action to improve it, that’s what you see a specialist for.

  • Vera

    I’m 31 years old I August will be 32 years I’m not in ivf treatment I made ivf in january but I didn’t got pregnant..here the doctors want just money different doctors I met different thoughts and medication they give is all about money in my country for this I write to u for an advice ..Thank u

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Have they told you what is affecting your fertility to require the IVF in the first place? It’s hard to offer advice without knowing that.

  • Vera

    My gynecolog said that I have low amh and normal fsh..and he told me in natural way I have just 5% to be pregnant I gone throw an ivf but didn’t worked.i have a son 7 years old by my previous marriage and I got pregnant with him in Natural way first month that we tried for babies I got pregnant. In my family I don’t have genetics with fertility problems my sister’s have children all of them and my mom menopause start when she was 52
    Is it normal for my age? Can i do something to improve pregnancy? I’m just using folic acid.thank u for ur support and for ur answer.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      How old are you currently? Low AMH with normal FSH is far more common in ladies over 35, this is because AMH declines naturally with age. Some studies have suggested DHEA and vitamin D supplementation to be helpful, but you would want to talk with your care provider, assuming you’re now in an IVF program, before starting any new supplements.

  • Vera

    Hi my cycle is not regular sometimes I have it every 17-18 days sometimes after 21 days never regular but last always 5-6days.i have 2 years that I’m trying to have a baby in 31 years old this month my period came after 17 days the 1st days I had dark brown bleeding but not much second day I had a have bleeding 3 days I had just a little and next day my period stoped …I didn’t have late period like I said my periods days change every month …can I have chance of pregnancy with this sign?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      I’m afraid very short cycles like this are often a sign of hormonal imbalance which often leads to infertility. The cause there can be a lack of ovulation or a luteal phase defect. In one case there’s no egg to fertilize, in the other there’s not time for proper implantation. This doesn’t mean that you couldn’t be pregnant, just that the chances are far lower. Short cycles can also lead to short periods. Since your TTC, I would recommend you go ahead and see a care provider. They should be able to help you pinpoint why your cycles are so short and settle whether or not you’re pregnant in the process.

  • Erin Stephens

    I had a positive pregnancy test, then bled for 4 days. The result was ectopic pregnancy, so it’s always best to get checked out by your doctor if you experience bleeding.

  • Amber

    Hi! My period was due 3/6. I had normal pre period symptoms, I will sometimes get a UTI or a slight yeast infection. I got a slight yeast infection.

    I tested on Thursday 3/8 and Friday 3/12 as my period still did not show. Saturday morning I had red drops in my underwear. I put a tampon in and went about my business. I changed the tampon in the middle of the day and noticed there was only a darkened “strip”. Since Saturday I have had light brown discharge, that turned red Sunday and was increasing to what seemed to be a normal flow. It now varies between nothing, to light pink to light red to light brown. I have taken a test today, 3/12 and still negative.

    I had implantation bleeding in my previous pregnancy which was positive immediately on HPT. any thoughts?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      For most, if the bleeding is implantation related and not hormonal or from some other cause, a test is positive in roughly 48 hours, but if you are 6 days late, implantation is unlikely unless your cycle is irregular. It’s more likely you ovulated late or didn’t ovulate at all and your period is just delayed.

      • Amber

        Thank you! I’m trying not to stress myself about it. I’m still bleeding. It’s not like my normal periods, but also no more brown discharge. I’m going to test again today.

    • Shari Robinson

      With my second child, I actually took tons of HPTs; and they all came back negative. I was so certain I was pregnant that I went to a lab and got a blood test done. It, too, came back negative. Turns out, or course, that I was pregnant. My daughter is now 13.

  • Natasha

    Hi my clear blue has been flashing smiley but I got my period 16 days after my last one started so 2 days after flashing smiley and it’s 19 days past my last period started still getting a flashing smiley please help

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Are your periods irregular? This sounds like a luteal phase defect (and a pretty bad one, if you’re really ovulating so close to the positive test). The other thought could be that the bleeding is from ovulation itself. Is it a full flow or more like a day of spotting? Temping would be an easy way to differentiate between the two. With an ovulation dip you’d see temps go down (and see bleeding) then see an ovulation temp shift.

  • Belinda

    I am late for my period, so I took 3 different tests and they all came back positive, but just now I went to the restroom and when I wiped there was some blood on the toilet paper.. not bright, not a lot either, just like a regular period.. when it begins.. I don’t know what to do.. or what my next step should be or whether or not that means I’m not pregnant

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Unfortunately, it’s possible this is an early loss. It could also be just some normal early pregnancy spotting as well though. If you wait until the spotting has a stopped, retest, and the test is still positive, it’s more likely just some hormonal spotting (hCG levels drop quickly in early pregnancy), but you might speak with your care provider to confirm. If it’s negative, I’m sorry for your loss, early miscarriage is tragically very common. 🙁

    • Michelle

      That happened to me as well though and now I have a healthy happy baby boy. Unfortunately, its a waiting game. I would wait a few days to see if it gets heavier. If it doesn’t take another test.