Spotting During Early Pregnancy

Spotting during early pregnancy is a panicky situation for the most of the women. Vaginal bleeding or even spotting during pregnancy is a reason for expectant mothers to see their doctor immediately and avoid any further complications in their late trimesters and delivery. At least 20-25% of pregnant women have spotting or bleeding during their pregnancy. 50% chances are that they will go on to deliver normally without any other problems.

Generally during early stages of pregnancy some women might notice slight spotting on the days when your regular periods should be, such bleeding cases are implantation pregnancy. In here the fertilized eggs are attached to the wall of uterus and slight bleeding or brown spotting is noticed. In such cases doctors will check HCG levels to see whether the pregnancy is live & safe to be carried further. Normally this level should double every 2nd day. More than one check-up is appropriate to counter check that there is a rise. Low levels of HCG will indicate early miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Few reasons for spotting or bleeding during early pregnancy can be:

Bleeding after sex or internal examination by the doctor—it will be wise to tell the cause prior to spotting noticed.

Ectopic pregnancy—when the fertilized egg attaches somewhere outside the uterus it is known as Ectopic. Spotting and pain in the abdominal area, usually on the attached side of the egg are the signs for ectopic pregnancy. It can be diagnosed by an ultrasound or HCG levels.

Miscarriage—is noticed by spotting or bleeding and cramping.

Bleeding during late pregnancy is also a sensitive issue as for some it can be a sign of beginning labor, placenta previa or placental abruption. It could also be a sign of a late miscarriage if you are in your second trimester or preterm labour.

Placenta previa :is a condition when the placenta lies low in the uterus & may partially cover the cervix. This can be diagnosed by ultrasound. This condition is often corrected itself during pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses the attachment site may rise away from the cervix. This is one of the most common causes for bleeding in the third trimester. If bleeding is severe and prolonged an immediate C-section becomes mandatory to save the mother’s life.

Placental abruption: is when the placenta separates from the uterus partially or completely. This is an emergency situation and if not taken care then can become a cause for death of the baby or the mother. Symptoms include vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain and tenderness, and a continuous uterine contraction.

Bleeding due to labor: bleeding light or heavy near your term can be an indication of setting up of labor.

It is wise to consult your doctor immediately if you see above mentioned signs or any Spotting during Early or Late pregnancy. Little neglect ion or delay can be of heavy price to the mother or the baby.

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