I don't have children but I had 3 miscarriages. During last year I received comprehensive treatment and doctor said I am now safe and I cannot start trying to get pregnant. I am dreaming about pregnancy several years. I read everything about women health and I am trying to have healthy lifestyle, healthy food, natural remedies for everything.
Last week I missed my period and my pregnancy test was positive but today I had "period-like" bleeding and my doctor said it could be "decidual bleeding". How does decidual bleeding look like?
ANSWER from experts
About 20-30% healthy pregnant women could have Decidual Bleeding;
Decidual bleeding usually appears on expected perio days;
Decidual bleeding is "period-like" bleeding but shorter, darker and lighter;
There is not much visual difference between period and decidual bleeding;
In most cases decidual bleeding looks like spotting, brown discharge and/or red-browhish short bleeding.
Decidual bleeding usually happens when the usual rise and fall of hormone levels is somehow disturbed and part of the uterine lining is shed even when there is a pregnancy subsisting. It is common that this period-like discharge happens in the early part of the pregnancy - usually before the placenta has been fully established. Decidual bleeding is more common during the early part of pregnancy, however many women do continue to get a period like discharge throughout their pregnancy. In general the decidual bleeding is not a risk factor for pregnant woman and/or for baby development.
Although decidual bleeding is usually harmless to either the mother or fetus, it would be strongly recommended to visit your doctor. As you already had miscarriages, it would be important to made some tests including hormonal tests, ultrasound analysis of the baby development and uterus status as well as some more pregnancy tests.
Decidual bleeding is sometimes confused with implantation bleeding, which can be noticed during early periods of pregnancy. Implantation bleeding is characterized as a light spotting that is the result of the egg implanting in the uterus. Like decidual bleeding, implantation bleeding can cause women to believe they are not pregnant and are experiencing a normal menstrual period. Both decidual bleeding and implantation bleeding are harmless but could be a reason for concerns, stress and useless treatments.