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Brown spotting during implantation

Brown spotting during implantation can be considered common as about 35% pregnant women could experience spotting or discharge or bleeding during implantation. Implantation bleeding is a vaginal spotting which usually contains a small amount of pinkish or brown blood.

In most cases the implantation brown spotting can appear at the time the fertilized egg implants in the uterus – the attachment of the fertilized egg to the uterine lining (on average between 6 to 12 days after ovulation – approximately 9 days post ovulation). As the uterine lining contains many small blood vessels, during implantation there can be a bit of blood expelled in some women. Small portion of old oxidized uterine lining blood usually appeared as implantation brown spotting.

Blastocyst begins implanting in the wall of the uterus

It is well known that normal menstrual period usually starts about 14 days after ovulation – so if you know when you ovulated and when you noted some brown vaginal spotting (light, short) after one week post ovulation, then it could be implantation brown spotting. In most cases the implantation bleeding actually appeared as brown spotting which could last 1-2 days.

Brown spotting during implantation is actually your first symptom of early pregnancy.

Brown spotting during implantation lasting 1-2 days should not be considered as risk factor, unless accompanied by cramping, abdominal pain, backache or increased bleeding.

Implantation – beginning of pregnancy

Brown spotting during implantation could appear before you expect your period and it could look like spotting before ordinary regular period. Many women mistook it for spotting before their period begins. The timing of implantation brown spotting depends on ovulation date and fertilization period. As mentioned before, only 30-35% pregnant women experience the implantation bleeding. The majority of pregnant women even don’t know the implantation day.

Implantation bleeding is something that many women assume that they will experience, but many doctors believe that it is the exception not the rule. So the conclusion is- if you are pregnant, better don’t expect the implantation bleeding; and if you had implantation brown spotting – don’t worry, you do not need to be alarmed if you do experience it.

From ovulation to implantation

The egg becomes fertilized with a sperm within 12 hours after ovulation, usually in the outer portion of the Fallopian tube. It then travels down the fallopian tube, increasing its size along the way. In the Fallopian tube it becomes the zygote and doubles to two cells, four cells, then eight cells and becomes the “morula.” As the morula enters the uterine cavity it’s called a “blastocyst.”

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