According to BabyMed, spotting or implantation bleeding when first pregnant is typically characterized by very light bleeding with either dark or light blood. Implantation bleeding does not resemble a typical period, but instead it is more like a scanty discharge. Light cramping can also occur during implantation bleeding when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining somewhere between six and 12 days after ovulation.
Some women have both cramping and light spotting during implantation, while other women have no measurable signs of pregnancy at this early stage, according to BabyMed. Only one-third of all women report experiencing implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding typically occurs about one week before a regular menstrual period would occur and it is often overlooked due to its extremely mild nature that can consist of just a couple drops of blood. The only way to confirm pregnancy at this point is to take a pregnancy test. A blood pregnancy test can confirm pregnancy within three to four days after implantation, while a urine pregnancy test typically becomes positive within four to five days after implantation. If pregnancy is suspected, a woman should visit a doctor as soon as possible to confirm pregnancy. If a woman is pregnant, she should begin receiving prenatal care early to ensure a healthy pregnancy.