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I've learned that there's such thing as decidual bleeding where women get their "period during their pregnancy". How can you tell what's the difference between a "period during pregnancy" (decidual bleeding) and you're regular period?

I'm still freaking out about pregnancy because of this--I got my period a day earlier than usual but I don't know if I should think I'm safe yet. My period usually lasts anywhere from 2-4 days but I heard that decidual bleeding is pretty much the same.

WAH. I'm rambling again, I don't know what I'm saying. I just want to know the difference. Thanks Smile
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replied July 5th, 2008
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Ok decidual bleeding is shedding small portions of the lining of your uterus before the placenta has a chance to completely attach yet, while a period is shedding the entire lining.

You know how you'll know the difference? One will give you a positive pregnancy test and the other won't.

It's a myth that women get their period during pregnancy. If you bleed during pregnancy you are experiencing something called vaginal bleeding not a period. Women just ASSUME its their period since they come to expect bleeding throughout the month. When your hormones go out of whack from pregnancy you may experience vaginal bleeding in the first trimester due to a couple of possible things: 1. Losing portions of the uterine wall before the placenta is completely attached, 2. Blood clots on the placenta, 3. Implantation bleeding, 4. Miscarriage, 5. Molar Pregnancy, 6. Ectopic pregnancy. Now numbers 1-3 are generally not harmful to the mother or fetus, but numbers 4-6 are something to be concerned about. If your bleeding when your pregnant its definitely advisable to see a doctor ASAP

So like I said if its decidual bleeding, your test is going to show up positive
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replied February 4th, 2009
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hi im 18 years old me and my fiance were trying to get pregnant, we tried 3 weeks ago, and i already had my period 2 weeks before we tried and just yesterday, i got my period again, or at least i think it is my period... can you help me figure out what this is. Thanks
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replied February 4th, 2009
it's uh...probably your period. I have mine every three weeks. It's really not fair I hear lots of women get it every 5, but whatever. Do you really think that getting pregnant at 18 is such a good idea? You're so young! You have so much ahead of you! There's plenty of time.
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replied February 5th, 2009
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i hope someone can help!! i also wanted to know about decidual bleeding. for the past two months i have had very light unusal periods (or i hope decidual bleeding). during my 24 years of having periods i have never had one like i have over the last two months.
they are light and last approx. 1.5days, first time was bright red and the second month it was brown. and all i needed was a pantyliner.
as anyone experienced this and found out they were pregnant? we have being trying to concieve for over a year now!!
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replied February 6th, 2009
Did you take a pregnancy test? It is a possibility. But you wont know unless you take a test.
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replied February 10th, 2009
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hi littledolly,
i did take a pregnancy test last month, after my first weird period!! but it was negative. i am going to wait until thursday (doctors appointment) to do another... i don't want to do another at home just incase it's negative... but i was hopping someone would have experiences weird like periods / bleeds and found out they were pregnant!!!
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replied February 10th, 2009
btw, i will give an update on thursday on if i'm pregnant or not!! fingers crossed for me
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replied February 10th, 2009
Well it's a good thing you're seeing a Doctor, that's always a big help.
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replied February 12th, 2009
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hi all, just to let you know.. i just got back from the doctor and i am not pregnant Sad she said that it is ususal for woman to have light periods (every now and again) as we get into our 30's, shock horror Smile she also said in your 30's that you ovualate less and then in your 40's you ovulate less than in your 30's etc. Smile
hope that helps some of you women..
baby dust to all!!
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replied June 13th, 2009
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Yeahh, I'm kinda in the same situation.. i found out that I am 6 weeks pregnant. Well, two days ago, I started to bleed and its like little pieces of dried up blood in it also..so i started to get really scared but i think it is Decidual bleeding..I called the doctor and she said not to worry but to call her if i start to have bad pains or anything so i think i'm alright.. any suggestions?
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replied July 26th, 2009
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Im pretty confused. I haven't found too much information on decidual bleeding. So far decidual bleeding: Sometimes, during pregnancy, your body's hormones can get out of whack, causing you to lose parts of the lining of your uterus. This is especially common in the early stages of pregnancy, before the lining has completely attached to the placenta. While it can be troublesome to think about shedding part if your uterine lining, decidual bleeding is generally not thought to be a health threat to you or your baby. Although, I have'nt found anything that talks about distinguishing it from your period like cramps; blood flow; duration. Obviously like _tanya_ said, just take a test; one will give you a positive pregnancy test and the other won't. Except I've also read that you can't get a postive while you have decidual bleeding- hence you might take a test too soon and get a negative- yet down the line you really are pregnant. I know the only way you'll know is with time- but it can be so nerve racking and stressful!
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replied August 3rd, 2009
Hello everyone I found this pretty technical article online. Not all of it I understand, but it does say that "decidual reactions" occur in about 20% of pregnant women. No wonder there are so many blogs on this topic! Not all reactions cause one to bleed, and some actually (if I understand this correctly) assist in spontaneous abortion. Check it out:

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlere nder.fcgi?artid=1532410
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replied August 15th, 2009
Hi all,

I go to the Dr. Monday, but you can probably understand that bleeding of any kind when you have gotten a positive pregnancy test is a little overwhelming and worrying. I just wanted to post my story and see if any one can allay any of those fears.

So this month what I thought was my period started 2 days early (it is usually like clockwork every 28 days) so I was a little confused, but since it still seemed like a normal period (albeit a little lighter than normal) I didn't think much of it. It continued for about 3 days and then tapered off, but I was still spotting. After about 3 or 4 days of more spotting, I noticed that my boobs were starting to get sore (this happens alot before my period, but never after), so I just thought "Might as well take a test and rule pregnancy out". I was very doubtful that the test would come out positive, so I just bought one and took it in the afternoon. Ummmm, it came out positive. So I called the DR. and scheduled an appt. telling her that I thought I might have had a miscarriage. Well, since then my boobs have continued to growing, I have had mild cramping and backpain, and I am still spotting (took the first test about 4 days ago). As a matter of fact, I am passing little pieces of lining (which I usually do with my period). Every time I think that the spotting is going to stop, it starts again. I took another pregnancy test yesterday and it came up positive even quicker than the first time. I am just wondering if anyone has had desidual bleeding that continued through the first couple of months of pregnancy. We weren't planning to get pregnant, but now I realize I will be disappointed if this is a miscarriage. I am putting it in God's Hands, but just wanted to see if anyone out there has any hope to give.

Thanks
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replied August 18th, 2009
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Hi candybob2000, what did you find out from the doctors? Was it implantation bleeding?
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replied August 19th, 2009
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hi..im in same boat..i just finished my period 2 days ago.. im not sure whether it was decidual or not..the 2 days of heavy flow and later til the end just a dried up blood..and now my breast feel tender then usual and feel nausea throughout the day..
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replied August 22nd, 2009
hi. im rather confused if n y 1 cud help me. i been on my period for about ermmmm...... 3 or 4 days now. i went back on the pill(microgynon) and i am still avin spottin now. also since the 1st of the month i have been experenceing alot of sickness and pains in my lower abdomen (behind the pubic bone). i did a test 1 week after the sickness to find out and i then got my period a few days ago but it was heavy then went into almost nothing. im now on my 3rd day of the pill and i am worried that if i am preg then would i be harming it if i am???
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replied September 10th, 2009
When is a period not a period?
I also had what appeared to be normal periods for the first 4 months of my pregnancy - and lighter ones for another 2 months with random spotting. Two of my sisters did as well. In the case of one of my sisters - she was told she had miscarried. I was told that not only was I not pregnant (earlier tests had shown I was) but that the further tests proved that I could not have been pregnant recently. They did an ultrasound to look for a "blighted ovum."

My sister's "miscarriage" is a grown man with kids of his own. My "blighted ovum" just started graduate school. Neither of them have any birth defects or unusual health issues.

I don't want to give anyone false hope - but I do want to point out that things are not always what they seem.

PS: I have no idea if this is relevant or not, but it just so happens that in each case for myself and my sisters where this bleeding was an issue - the babies were boys.

Go figure.
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replied September 10th, 2009
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Hmm...
Yeah, I don't fully trust doctors anymore. I'm always questioning what they have to say. I've been trying to figure out if I'm pregnant for the past three months now. If I am, I'd be 14 weeks tomorrow. I've had three negative hpts. Then I finally got an appointment with my Ob/Gyn, and they did another urine test which(as I knew it would) turned out neg. I briefly told her my symptoms, but because I'm still bleeding every month pretty much on time, it seemed like she didn't believe me. As far as my weight gain; enlarged breasts; lower pooch; fatigue- she said, well the weight has to go somewhere. Then she had me do some blood work, but only to check my Thyroid which also turned out to be normal. When my mom asked about doing a blood test to check for a pregnancy, she said well, our urine tests are highly sensitive now days- more sensitive then our blood tests used to be years ago. So basically, NO. The one good thing about this doctor is I told her about my light stretching-cramping feelings that I get every now and then throughout the month, so she did order me an ultrasound but that's not until the 30th of this month. So its another whole month of waiting for me. Although I figured I'd be showing more by then. I've been trying to eat really healthy and trying to work out when I'm not too tired to see if I can lose some weight-or at least my pooch, but so far nothing. I'm suppose to get my period in a couple of days so maybe that's why it's still sticking out. I don't know, but I would really like to know if I am or not. Because if I am, I'd like to start preparing. If I'm not, well then I can stop stressing out. sunny
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replied March 28th, 2011
Hi Oceanquenn75, I know its a long shot (looking at the date)but if you still look on here occasionally what was the outcome of everything you experienced? I am going through EXACTLY the same things you said about, only the nurse is considering pituitary instead of thyroid. The nurse I saw today was so good, really understanding, luckily because i was worried they were going to think it's all in my head. I have had blood tests taken today and get the results on the 1st April...a long time to wait for us Smile ... its so confusing isn't it? Just wanna know! I'm 50/50 as to whether I am because i dont want the disapointment of more negatives!
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replied March 28th, 2011
Hi Oceanquenn75, I know its a long shot (looking at the date)but if you still look on here occasionally what was the outcome of everything you experienced? I am going through EXACTLY the same things you said about, only the nurse is considering pituitary instead of thyroid. The nurse I saw today was so good, really understanding, luckily because i was worried they were going to think it's all in my head. I have had blood tests taken today and get the results on the 1st April...a long time to wait for us Smile ... its so confusing isn't it? Just wanna know! I'm 50/50 as to whether I am because i dont want the disapointment of more negatives!
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replied September 22nd, 2009
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I have to update that one...I think I calculated wrong. I'd be about 12 weeks.
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