First Trimester Pregnancy Spotting – What You Should Know About Pregnancy Spots


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Pregnancy spotting is very common in early pregnancy, occurring in up to 1 out of every two pregnancies, and tends to be quite normal after it. Remember that during other times throughout pregnancy, spotting may happen occasionally, and the actual cause still varies from one woman to another. Some of this spotting may be of major concern, particularly if it becomes blood stained or heavy bleeding too. This should be a warning sign for you to see your doctor as soon as possible.

Sometimes pregnancy spotting occurs with no prior warning, but you might wonder if this is something that will really cause you problems down the road. Usually the spotting will simply stop once you have given birth, but there are cases where the bleeding is ongoing or there is heavy bleeding from the vagina. In such cases, it would be a good idea to get your doctor’s advice right away. He or she could either prescribe a treatment for this type of pregnancy spotting or refer you to a specialist to ensure that you will not have any complications in the future.

An Overview

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Pregnancy spotting occurs because the embryo that is developing inside the woman’s womb is starting to grow. This is accompanied by vaginal spotting, which is basically a result of the development taking place. This type of spotting usually disappears within a few weeks, but there are some women who have pregnancy spotting which continues for up to six months or more. Such a case would need a doctor’s intervention. Heavy or prolonged pregnancy spotting could be a sign of implantation bleeding or of an ectopic pregnancy.

Another problem that you may experience with pregnancy spotting is the appearance of bright red vaginal discharge. This discharge is also known as leukorrhea, and may be caused by the implantation of the embryo inside the uterus. However, there is nothing to worry about since discharge of this nature is entirely normal during pregnancy. It is often mistaken for cervical mucus since it has a light pinkish color. It is also slightly odorless.

First Trimester Pregnancy Spotting

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Light bleeding is another common symptom of pregnancy. This is also caused by implantation bleeding, but since this type of spotting usually occurs after the implantation has taken place, the light bleeding is a result of other factors such as implantation bleeding or a miscarriage. This form of spotting may continue for up to a month or more and is quite painful at times. For this reason, women who are worried about their bleeding should get a pregnancy test as soon as possible.

The most common of all pregnancy spotting symptoms is the appearance of a mucus plug in the third trimester pregnancy. This mucus plug is called mama umbilical cords. It is made up of blood clots and it is located between the amniotic sac and the cervix in the case of first and second trimester pregnancy. Although it may seem harmless, the presence of this mucus plug is a signal that the pregnancy is about to begin. It is not advisable for women to disregard this sign because it can signify the beginning of labor even before the membranes do break. This is why it is advisable for women to see their gynecologist right away in order to have the mamas cord checked.

Third trimester pregnancy spotting also involves the appearance of a brown colored discharge. This discharge is also a signal that the pregnancy is about to begin. However, since this type of spotting usually takes place around fourteen days after conception, there is no exact way of knowing when the bleeding will start. The common belief is that this type of bleeding signals the beginning of labor but this is still subject to change according to the individual woman’s body.

Bottom Line

Heavy bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy is not considered to be abnormal. However, if a woman experiences excessive spotting that is not explained by her usual menstrual flow, it might be a symptom of another condition. In this case, medical treatment must be sought in order to eliminate the possible cause of the heavy bleeding. A visit to the doctor is necessary in order to pinpoint the real cause of spotting and the appropriate treatment can then be recommended.

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