Spotting and bleeding in early pregnancy is more common than you think but doesn’t always mean there will result in something alarming. Almost 25% of pregnant women will experience some bleeding during their pregnancy without resulting in a miscarriage or other serious implications. But yes, there is a possibility that bleeding will result in a miscarriage too.
Spotting or light bleeding during pregnancy is common, especially during the first trimester. Spotting exists when you notice a few drops of blood occasionally in your underwear, or if you wipe yourself with tissue and see a little blood on the paper. There should not be enough blood to fill a panty liner. It is common for pregnant women to experience spotting during their first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but then go on to have a healthy pregnancy overall.
Bleeding on the other hand is a heavier flow of blood, and you’ll probably need to wear a pad. Whether it is bleeding or spotting, it is best to contact your doctor and describe what you are experiencing.
First of all, you should not panic and then you should contact your doctor while you keep track of the spotting/bleeding quantity and color. You should also stop any sexual intercourse during the time of bleeding and preferably not use tampons.
Spotting or bleeding in the first trimester that may indicate a serious issue.
There may be cases that blood in early pregnancy indicate the above:
Spotting or bleeding later in pregnancy that may indicate a serious issue.
If you experience bleeding after the first trimester it is more concerning and needs the immediate attention of your doctor. It may indicate one of the above:
Depending on the cause of bleeding, your doctor may suggest bed rest, limiting physical exercise, better hydration, and staying away from sexual intercourse, after carefully performing the necessary testing.
Although a magical period of time, pregnancy is also a very stressful time for women, but it doesn’t have to be this way if you have a doctor you can trust and communicate with at all times.
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