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Spotting during Pregnancy

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Spotting during pregnancy is something that happens fairly often, and is one symptom that's not usually a cause for concern. Knowing what type of spotting is normal, and what type isn't, can help to eliminate any stress you may feel. Keeping track of the amount of spotting, when it occurs, and how long it lasts, as well as any other possible symptoms you may be having, can help your physician determine if further testing is needed.

Common Reasons for Spotting During Pregnancy

Spotting during the first half of pregnancy is not uncommon, and a few of these occurrences should not be a cause for alarm. Whenever spotting occurs, wear a panty liner or small pad so you and your physician are able to monitor the amount of spotting you are having. Pregnant women should never wear a tampon or introduce anything into the vagina when spotting occurs.

Implantation Spotting and Bleeding

A very common time for spotting during pregnancy occurs approximately six to twelve days after conception. This happens when the embryo is implanted into the uterus. This is called implantation spotting and bleeding, and most women will experience at least a slight spotting at this time. This can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Infection in the Pelvic Cavity or Urinary Tract

Spotting during pregnancy may be a symptom of an infection, usually occurring in either the urinary tract or the pelvic cavity. Both of these infections may also cause light to moderate pain, irritation and an elevated temperature. Avoid treating symptoms of an infection without contacting a physician first.

Spotting Following Intercourse After intercourse, women may experience spotting during pregnancy. This happens because the cervix is especially tender and sensitive at this time. Women who experience spotting following intercourse should cease having sexual intercourse until they have been seen by a doctor. This is to avoid any further irritation that could cause more serious problems.

Miscarriage after Spotting Miscarriage, which is also known as a spontaneous abortion, is an unintentional end to a pregnancy that happens within the first twenty weeks. Eighty percent of miscarriages occur during the first trimester and usually start with spotting or light bleeding then will progress to heavier bleeding and cramping. If you experience an abnormal amount or frequency in spotting, contact your physician or other health care provider right away.

Because spotting during pregnancy is so common, a small amount is nothing to worry about, but do make note to tell your doctor whenever spotting occurs, along with the amount and frequency. If you experience heavy spotting or bleeding, this could be the sign of a more serious problem, so be sure to contact your health care provider immediately.