Pregnancy is a tough time for women, and when you are carrying a baby, anything unusual that happens in the body can raise concern. In such a case if you are bleeding or spotting, it can be a big enough reason to cause distress.
Any bleeding can scare a new mom to be especially when it puts their unborn infant at risk, but most often there is nothing much to worry about. Spotting does not pose any threat to the health of the woman or the baby. Rather spotting during pregnancy is a natural phenomenon that many females go through.
Difference Between Bleeding And Spotting
When one talks of spotting during pregnancy, it refers to the discharge of a few drops of blood that is a common occurrence during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is perfectly normal and is not a reason to get concerned. Spotting is always limited to just a few drops and not a heavy bleeding that one undergoes during the menstrual cycle.
Bleeding, on the other hand, is a heavy discharge of blood and to keep it in check, one has to make use of a sanitary pad. While spotting is a common feature during pregnancy, bleeding can at times be a cause of major concern such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and placenta previa.
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The Cause Of Bleeding And Spotting
#1. Implantation Bleeding
Light bleeding or spotting that takes place during the early stages of pregnancy, when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining. There are a lot of women who experience this bleeding just four weeks after conception. When the fertilized egg or the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus and begins to grow, a light bleeding might occur.
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#2. Bleeding After Sex
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), bleeding can happen if a pregnant woman has intercourse. As a result, the cervix which is the lower part of the uterus may bleed. So, in case you are pregnant, then having intercourse can cause spotting or bleeding.
Vaginal infection that is also known as cervicitis can also be a reason for spotting and bleeding. In the event of the same, it is advisable to get yourself checked.
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#4. Ectopic Pregnancy
Though this is quite rare, an ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo is not growing inside the uterus but most often somewhere else. In such a case, pregnant women might experience bleeding or spotting during the early stages of pregnancy. A pregnancy that takes place outside the uterus is a medical emergency and should be treated as such. An ultrasound test can sometimes be enough to see where the embryo is growing in the abdomen. Also a blood test can give an adequate level of the levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) which is a hormone produced in the body when a female is expecting. This hormone rises way more slowly if she is suffering from an ectopic pregnancy.
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Normal spotting that is not a cause of worry can be tackled quite easily though. A pregnant woman needs to take more nap and bed rest, avoid doing anything that is physically taxing, and elevate their feet as often as they can.
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