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Is Spotting Normal During Pregnancy?

Spotting is considered to be one of the earliest signs of pregnancy and is quite normal. However, in case of any change in color or consistency of discharge, medical attention should be sought to rule out complications...
Why do some women experience spotting or bleeding during their first trimester? Are there any complications related to experiencing spotting? These are some of the frequently asked questions by most pregnant women. Experiencing spotting during the first trimester of pregnancy can trigger panic in an expectant mother. Many women are under the belief that bleeding can be a sign of miscarriage and tend to worry a lot. However, spotting or bleeding is one of the first signs that a woman is pregnant. So if you are doubtful whether spotting is a sign of pregnancy, then the answer is yes. Many women may experience light vaginal bleeding during the initial phase, which is caused due to implantation of the fetus in the uterine wall. Research has proved that almost 25 to 35 percent of the pregnant women experience early pregnancy bleeding in their first trimester. Spotting begins even before a woman discovers that she is pregnant.

Causes of Spotting During Pregnancy

As we have discussed earlier, the first trimester spotting is quite normal and is experienced by most women. But if you experience spotting during the later stages of pregnancy, then it is a cause of concern, as it may be an indication of some abnormality. Given below are some other possible causes, apart from implantation bleeding, of noticing spotting during early pregnancy.
  • The presence of infections in the vagina, which can cause inflammation of the cervix and result in spotting. This spotting may noticed as a brownish discharge.
  • A miscarriage, followed by cramping and abdominal pain, can also be a reason for noticing vaginal bleeding.
  • Ectopic pregnancy, which is also known as tubal pregnancy, where the implantation occurs outside the uterus can also be one of the reasons why some women may experience spotting.
  • Late pregnancy bleeding can be caused due to placenta previa, where the placenta detaches itself completely from the cervix. This can cause excessive bleeding and can be dangerous for both the mother and child.
  • Other reasons that may cause spotting are abruption of the placenta, rupture in the uterine wall and preterm labor, etc.
When to Consult a Doctor?

If you notice bleeding or vaginal spotting and experience mild cramping, then it is advisable to consult your obstetrician to rule out any complications, like an ectopic pregnancy or placental problems. The doctor may conduct some diagnostic tests to check for the exact cause of bleeding. The patient may also have to undergo an ultrasound test for the doctor to confirm that it is a normal pregnancy and does not have any complications. In case of any infections, the doctor may prescribe certain antibiotics to treat the disorder. In order to prevent any complications and to carry your pregnancy full term, go for a routine checkup to your doctor. Eat a completely balanced diet, drink plenty of water and fluids and follow an exercise regimen to keep in good health.

Spotting in early pregnancy is a normal phenomenon that most women experience during their first trimester. However, if you experience spotting or bleeding later in pregnancy, then visit your gynecologist immediately as this may be an indication of some problem. Take care!
By Marlene Alphonse
Published: 10/19/2010
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