When you want to get pregnant but you bleed instead, it can be extremely discouraging. However, not all bleeding is the same.
Some bleeding could actually be a sign of pregnancy, and sometimes implantation bleeding signals more than one baby.
Is implantation bleeding common with twins? While there is a theory that implantation bleeding is more common and perhaps heavier if you’re carrying multiples, there’s no proof that this is true. In fact, some women don’t experience any implantation bleeding at all with either singletons or twins.
Implantation bleeding is different for each person, and it’s important to know when it’s normal and when it might be more than implantation bleeding.
Implantation Bleeding With Twins
When you’re having twins, the pregnancy is different. It can start with implantation bleeding and other symptoms that feel more extreme than pregnancy with a singleton.
What Is Implantation in Pregnancy?
Implantation occurs when the fertilized egg makes its way down the fallopian tube and attaches to your uterus.
This isn’t as gentle of a process as you might imagine since getting into the uterine lining means ruptured blood vessels in the uterus.
Why Does Implantation Cause Bleeding?
Those broken blood vessels occur as the fertilized egg, or eggs, tunnels into the uterine lining. The amount of blood should be minimal and look like light spotting.
You may have some slight discomfort during implantation whether you bleed or not.
When Implantation Bleeding Occurs
You can expect implantation bleeding anywhere from a week to 12 days after fertilization of the egg. However, not every woman will have bleeding, even if she is pregnant with twins.
If you do have implantation bleeding, it may come at the same time as you would expect your normal period, and this can confuse the situation even more.
How Long Implantation Bleeding Lasts
Implantation bleeding may last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days. If your bleeding goes more than three days and you think you might be pregnant, you should see your doctor.
You also should not be experiencing what feels like a full period if it’s implantation bleeding. The amount of blood you lose might require a pantyliner, but soaking pads or tampons is a sign that it’s more than implantation bleeding.
Does Heavy Implantation Bleeding Mean Twins?
Heavy implantation bleeding does not mean twins, even if anecdotally some mothers have more bleeding when carrying twins.
There is no scientific evidence to support the theory that more bleeding occurs with twins. I didn’t have implantation bleeding with any of my pregnancies, including my twin pregnancy.
However, miscarriages are more common in pregnancies that involve multiples, and that’s why you need to be aware of any bleeding taking place.
What Does Implantation Feel Like With Twins?
Implantation may lead to cramping, and that is true whether you are having twins or a singleton. I felt a sharp pain that faded to dull, which I now think was implantation with my twins. I didn’t experience bleeding.
Implantation bleeding should not last or get worse as time passes. It’s more like a blip on the radar than an ongoing pain. Combined with sore breasts, exhaustion, and nausea, this pain can give you an early clue that you may be pregnant.
Do Twins Implant on the Same Day?
Twins usually implant on the same day. There are rare cases of superfetation when a second egg is fertilized and implants days or weeks after the first fertilized egg. This can only happen with fraternal twins, and even then, it is extremely rare.
Implantation Bleeding Twice With Twins
You likely won’t experience implantation bleeding twice with twins. You may feel like the bleeding is heavier or causes more discomfort, but you will likely experience the bleeding altogether since most fertilized eggs implant on the same day.
Late Implantation Twins
The fertilized egg of identical twins splits at different times. Some implant and then split quickly, offering each baby its own amniotic sac even though they will share a placenta.
It’s also possible for the fertilized egg to implant and split later, and this can lead to identical twins sharing an amniotic and chorionic sac (mo/mo twins). This is rare but it does happen.
However, implantation takes place around the same time with twins unless you have fraternal twins who experience superfetation.
Implantation Bleeding vs. Period
Implantation bleeding should not be the same as a full period. In fact, you shouldn’t need more than a pantyliner with implantation bleeding. The spotting may even be on and off, and the blood won’t be a bright red.
Period bleeding may start slowly, but it will increase in amount and become a brighter red as it continues. You will go through pads or tampons with a period, and your period blood may also have clots. Implantation bleeding will not have clots.
Implantation Bleeding vs. Miscarriage
The symptoms of a miscarriage look more like a period than signs of implantation bleeding.
With miscarriage, your bleeding will start light and get heavier, and it may include clots. You will experience pain that doesn’t lessen after a few hours, and this will likely occur at a different time than when you’re expecting your period.
If in doubt, reach out to your doctor. It’s better to go in and get checked out than to ignore symptoms.
Is Spotting Normal at 5 Weeks?
Light spotting is normal at five weeks, and this is likely implantation bleeding. However, if the bleeding is heavy or accompanied by cramps, you need to see your doctor.
If I Have Implantation Bleeding, Will a Pregnancy Test Be Positive?
It’s not likely that a pregnancy test will be positive during implantation bleeding. If you wait a few days after the bleeding and then test, your hCG levels might be high enough to get a positive test. It takes time for them to rise after implantation.
Whether you have implantation bleeding or not, a positive pregnancy test will confirm whether or not you are pregnant. You will have to see your doctor to find out how many babies you are carrying.
Kristy is the mother of four, including identical twins. With a background in education and research, she is constantly learning more about parenting and raising multiples. When she has spare time, she enjoys hiking into the woods with a great book to take a break.