During pregnancy a woman may experience some blood spots from her vagina. What are the causes of spotting during pregnancy and what to do when it happens?
women experience spotting - small discharges of blood from the vagina - during
their menstrual cycle. This can be for a number of completely natural reasons,
and is rarely something to worry about.
same applies during pregnancy, although noticing spots of blood when you know
you’re carrying a baby will feel much more alarming!
you’re expecting it’s really important to know what feels natural and healthy
for you and for your body, you are the best judge of when something isn’t
right. There is no such thing as being over cautious when it comes to you and
your baby, so it’s always worth chatting with your midwife if you do notice any
spotting, even if it’s just so they can put your mind at rest!
Why will I experience spotting?
could be a number of reasons why you’ll notice some spotting during your
like during your regular monthly cycle, spotting is just your body’s way of
ridding old blood from the womb and uterus.
is more common during the early stages of your pregnancy as your body starts to
really adjust to the fact you have a baby growing inside you. Think of it as a
‘cleaning out’ process of your uterus!
the difference between spotting and bleeding during pregnancy?
are two main differences between spotting and bleeding during pregnancy. The first is the amount of blood and the
second is the colour of the blood.
as suggested, refers to only a small amount of blood being discharged, You
might experience this only once, or you might experience it intermittently over
the course of a few days.
you notice blood continually for a few days, or a large amount of blood at once
then this is referred to as bleeding rather than spotting.
you are bleeding, you will also notice that the colour of the blood is
different. In this case, it will appear more as a bright red colour - similar
to during your heaviest flow of your period.
Do I need to worry about spotting?
mentioned, spotting can seem alarming when you’re pregnant - it seems
counterintuitive to being pregnant!
be assured, it is a relatively normal and harmless part of being pregnant.
you are concerned, always have a chat with your doctor or midwife so they can
put your mind at ease and discuss if you are experiencing any other symptoms
that could be an indication of something else going on.
Causes of Spotting During Pregnancy
#1 Early Stage Implantation
is when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus. This
process can sometimes lead to spotting as your body adjusts to the fact it’s
going to have a baby! This will occur during the very early stages, and it’s
unlikely you will even be aware that you are pregnant!
pregnancy, the cervix of the woman, gets a rich supply of blood vessels. Any
activity which irritates or damages these blood vessel, such as intercourse,
can lead to spotting. This is perfectly normal, but if you experience any sharp
pain or heavy bleeding, make sure you speak with your doctor. Read more on how safe is sex during pregnancy.
#3 Pelvic Exam
as is the case with intercourse, your cervix will have a rich supply of blood
vessels during pregnancy. Pelvic exams are pretty regular throughout your
pregnancy, but the experience can irritate or cause very minor damage to some
of the blood vessels, resulting in some spotting.
#4 Placental Bleeding
The placenta is the tissue that helps to
feed and nourish your baby while they are in the womb. Sometimes the placenta
may get damaged or detach from its usual place, and this can lead to spotting.
you go into your labour, your body moves into the process of starting to move
your baby out of the uterus. As you can imagine, this is a very stressful
experience on your uterus and cervix. During the early stages of labour you may
notice some spotting, which increases as your baby starts to make it’s way down
and out of the uterus.
When should I discuss spotting with my doctor?
any of your pregnancy symptoms are making you feel anxious or worried, always
have a chat with your doctor or midwife so they are aware of what’s happening,
can offer reassurance and seek further tests if they think it’s needed.
midwife may also want to be aware of any spotting, so they can keep track and
if they think it is excessive, can investigate further.
you experience other symptoms such as sharp abdominal pain, feverish, or
bleeding along with spotting make sure you seek immediate medical attention.
mentioned before, stress can be a real problem for your health during pregnancy
and getting peace of mind really is the best thing you can do for you and your
baby. So never feel silly for bringing these types of things to your doctors
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