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What Should I Do About Pregnancy Spotting?

Every women wants a healthy and safe pregnancy. You do your best to eat healthy, exercise safely, and take your prenatal vitamins. But what happens when you notice spotting during your pregnancy? Is it serious? Could something be wrong?

While all spotting or bleeding should be taken seriously, it doesn't necessarily mean that there is a problem. The important thing is to stay calm and contact your doctor right away. There are no silly questions and it's always better to be safe than sorry. Besides, you'll feel better knowing a professional has you under their care and watch.

So, what is spotting? Pregnancy spotting is very light bleeding. It would be light in color. For example a pink or light red. It may become more of brown in color if the blood is dried, also referred to as old blood. I should be noted that “spotting” is different from bleeding. Bleeding is not normal at any point in your pregnancy. Please call your provider to report any vaginal bleeding. Vaginal bleeding is any blood coming from your vagina. Take note of the amount of blood, it description (color, clots, tissue), and your overall feeling (dizziness or fever) because the doctor will need to know all of this information. Even if the bleeding has stopped, contact you provider.

Spotting during early pregnancy can be considered normal. (Remember that bleeding is not normal at any point.) Spotting is actually a pretty common occurrence that happens to a lot of women early in pregnancy. This is because the cervix and uterine wall are very sensitive right now. Any little irritation can cause a small blood vessel to burst, resulting in spotting. For instance, you may notice some spotting after intercourse or an exam.

It's not always easy to figure out the cause of prenatal spotting but here are three of the most common reasons during early pregnancy:

  • Implantation Bleeding – Your uterus gets built up with a thick bed of blood vessels. When the fertilized egg burrows into the uterine wall, some blood is released. This could result in light spotting for a day or two. Of course this happens very early in your pregnancy – around six to seven days after fertilization. Most women don't know they are pregnant yet when it occurs.
  • Ectopic Pregnancy or Miscarriage -  An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. It usually happens in the fallopian tubes, thus called a tubal pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy cannot proceed normally.

A miscarriage would also cause spotting and light cramping initially. The spotting will continue, turning into actual bleeding along with pain and cramping.

  • Infection – If you have an infection, your cervix may become inflamed, then irritated, causing spotting. Infections include sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, or herpes. It could also be a vaginal infection like a yeast infection.
 

Do not ignore any serious signs like heavy bleeding, clots, fever, pain, and dizziness. Call your health care provider immediately.

            Any vaginal bleeding that occurs in the second or third trimesters of pregnancy raise a different set of concerns. In fact, any bleeding during this time is considered abnormal and should be treated seriously. Most commonly, late-pregnancy bleeding problems are associated with the placenta.

  • Placenta Previa – This when the  placenta is unusually low in your uterus, almost covering you cervix. Normally the placenta sits at the top of you uterus and feeds you baby nutrients through the umbilical cord. If this problem persists, it can cause bleeding.

 

  • Placental Abruption - This is when you placenta starts to separate from your uterus before the baby is born. It can be serious in depriving your baby of oxygen and nutrients. Usually you will have vaginal bleeding accompanied with pain or tenderness.
  • Uterine Rupture – This is when the uterus splits open and your baby may be partially or fully expelled. Symptoms include abdominal pain and bleeding. The bleeding can be anywhere from spotting to very heavy bleeding.

 

  • Vasa Previa – Also known as fetal vessel rupture. This condition may appear as vaginal bleeding. What happens though, is the baby's blood vessels are unsupported by the umbilical cord, so they grow along the membranes in the lower uterus where the cervix opens. When these blood vessels rupture, the baby experiences very rapid blood loss, usually resulting in death.
  • Normal Labor – Finally, spotting can be a sign of normal labor. Typically,  you will see a mucus discharge tinged with blood. This means that the cervix is starting to soften and open.

 


Remember to take all pregnancy spotting seriously and contact your doctor with any further questions. It can be extremely reassuring to simply hear the baby's heartbeat. An ultrasound can also be used to check that everything is in order. This can give you some peace of mind and assure you that you're having a safe pregnancy.

 

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