Is This a Period or Am I Pregnant

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband and I are trying to get pregnant. Now that we are trying I am a little confused. I think my period came early, but I am not sure if it is implantation bleeding.

I was supposed to have my period on Feb. 16, but it came Feb. 14. It was dark in color and spotty. I worn a pad all day, but the blood on it was about a quarter size. This continued until Feb. 16 when I was suppose to have my period. That night it stopped. It wasn't a heavy flow and it never became heavy during those three days.

I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. So am I not pregnant? Plus, was this a period or implantation bleeding? Any suggestions or clarification would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Rachel

ANSWER

It sounds very possible that it was implantation, in which case if it is a viable pregnancy, the test should come up positive by two weeks after you missed your period. Congratulations in advance!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.