Spotting And Bleeding During Pregnancy

Spotting and bleeding during pregnancy is any discharge of blood from the vagina. Some women bleed as early when the egg is fertilized all the way up to the end of pregnancy.  Light bleeding or spotting is most common during the first trimester.  

Approximately 20% of pregnant women experience some type of bleeding. It’s important to let your doctor know as earliest as possible about any vaginal spotting.

Even though it’s common for vaginal spotting it’s important to pay attention since it can be an early sign of miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

It Is Normal To Bleed During Pregnancy?

Bleeding in the early pregnancy is always worrying but it’s also common. We highly recommend talking with your doctor if you are bleeding during pregnancy.

Many women bleed during pregnancy due to higher estrogen levels causing the cervix growth. 

Common causes for spotting and bleeding during pregnancy are:

  • Hormone Changes
  • Implantation Bleeding
  • Cervical Irritation
  • Implantation Bleeding
  • Sexual Intercourse
  • Internal Pelvic Exam
  • Sub Chorionic Bleed

In your first trimester causes of bleeding can be due to:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Molar pregnancy

In the second trimester or later:

  • Placenta previa
  • Placental abruption
  • Preterm labor

Is Light Bleeding An Early Sign Of Pregnancy?

Yes, light bleeding can be an early sign of pregnancy. Usually about 6-12 days after conception it’s when you might experience spotting and possibly cramps.

Vaginal Bleeding VS Vaginal Spotting

Vaginal bleeding and vaginal spotting during pregnancy are very different.  The common vaginal spotting in the beginning of your trimester is common during pregnancy. 

On the other hand, having heavy bleeding, which might require the use of a pad, is not normal during pregnancy. It’s recommend you seek physician attention as soon as possible.

What Causes Spotting And Bleeding During Pregnancy

There are many causes of why you might bleed during your pregnancy.  During the first trimester you can experience a miscarriage. 

In addition, implantation bleeding can be another cause of bleeding during pregnancy, usually occurs about 14 days after conception.  You can also experience a problem with the cervix, which could lead to cervical infection or inflamed cervix.

Tips For Bleeding Or Spotting While Pregnant

  • Drinks lots of fluid
  • Make sure to get your daily 8 hours of sleep
  • Avoid lifting anything heavy
  • Keep track of your bleeding to measure your progress
  • Avoid exercise
  • Always find a way to elevate your feet when sitting or lying

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