If you’re at the stage of your cycle where your period is due, and you’re either trying for a baby or think you might already be pregnant, seeing blood in your underwear can bring up a whole host of emotions. You may be wondering whether that blood is a sign of early pregnancy bleeding (such as implantation bleeding), an early miscarriage, or whether it’s your period. As a result, it’s totally natural to find yourself assessing the consistency and color of the blood to see if it’s any different from your usual period.
It’s completely understandable to feel this way. Wherever you are in your fertility journey, it can be a difficult and anxiety-inducing time. But to help provide some answers and hopefully some reassurance too, we’ve spoken to Dr. Amanda Kallen, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology at the Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut, US, for her guidance.