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Spotting During
Early Pregnancy

Spotting during early pregnancy is when you notice a few drops of blood every now and then on your underwear.
Some spotting is normal very early on in pregnancy. It is still a very good idea to tell your doctor or midwife about it.
Spotting During Early Pregnancy

It is entirely common to spot during your fist trimester.

You must endeavour to report all sightings of vaginal discharges (light pink, brownish, yellowish etc.) to your health care provider; doctor, midwife, nurse etc.

Just make sure you do not get into a panic as that won't be beneficial in any way.

Due to the fact that your body is adjusting to the changing levels of its hormones, you are more prone to these kinds of spotting, especially if you are a first-time mother.

As the blood vessels on the cervix surface become more engorged and sensitive, you may begin to experience post-coital bleeding which may remain throughout the rest of your pregnancy term.

If you have spotting and have not yet had an ultrasound, contact your health care provider right away.

Spotting can be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy where the fertilized egg develops outside the uterus).

An untreated ectopic pregnancy can be life threatening for you.

If you have had an ultrasound that confirms you have a normal pregnancy, call your health care provider the day you first see the spotting.

In many pregnancies spotting turns out to be "just one of those things". However, it can be a sign of something more serious, including miscarriage.

This is why it's always best to take any spotting/bleeding seriously and get it checked out.

In early pregnancy, spotting is usually harmless and caused by...

  • Hormones that control your menstrual cycle triggering bleeding when your period would have been due. This is called breakthrough bleeding. You may have this more than once, around the times you would have had a period if you weren't pregnant.
  • The fertilized egg embedding into your uterus lining, causing bleeding. This is called implantation bleeding. This type of light bleeding usually lasts a day or two.

Even if the spotting/bleeding eventually stops call your doctor, midwife or hospital for advice.

You may need to go to hospital to see a doctor to find out more about why you've had some bleeding.

Your doctor or midwife may gently examine the inside of your vagina to see that all is well or advise you to have an ultrasound.

An ultrasound can check that your baby's safely sound inside your uterus so that an ectopic pregnancy can be ruled out.

An ultrasound is quite safe for you to have.

You don't need to worry about them affecting your pregnancy.

Causes of Spotting/Bleeding During Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancies

These kinds of pregnancies will not occur in the uterus.

This is not as much as common comparing to miscarriage. The major reason for ectopic pregnancy is the fallopian tube.

You can see some rare pregnant women with ectopic pregnancy like 1 among 60 pregnancies.

You can identify the ectopic pregnancies if you experience pain in the abdominal area, cramping pain in the lower stomach, virginal bleeding and low level of HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin).

It is a must to consult your doctor if you had previous pelvic operation, infection in the tubes and a previous ectopic pregnancy.

Miscarriages

It is accepted that bleeding is a symptom of miscarriage.

There are so many reasons for bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy.

It is known that nearly 25% of pregnancies come with the result of miscarriage, and the majority of victims are found during the first 12 weeks.

If you experience tissue transient through the vagina, vaginal bleeding and cramping pain in the area of lower abdomen, consult a doctor immediately because these are major signs of miscarriage.

Vaginal Infection

A vaginal infection, for instance a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis or even a sexually transmitted infection causes your cervix to become irritated or inflamed.

An inflamed cervix is particularly susceptible to spotting immediately after intercourse or following a pap smear.

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