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Seeing Red: The Facts About Spotting During Pregnancy

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

While most women are not so sure how soon after conception they stop menstruating, especially since some women somehow menstruate (initially) despite the fact that they are pregnant, they do know that bleeding throughout pregnancy is a warning sign.

Yet, while experts assert that for the most part this tends to be true, there are instances where minor bleeding is considered customary among pregnant women.

In fact, they suggest that spotting during the early stages and phases of pregnancy can be normal and usually accompanied by lower back pain and cramping in the lower abdomen.

The bleeding results because the endometrium tends to build a thick bed of blood vessels and as the “blastocyst” affix, blood is often released from the uterine wall. Yet, they “do,” caution that this is also quite typical of the first signs of miscarriage as well, and they recommend immediately contacting your health care provider, as well as monitoring the spotting. Take note of when it happens and if it worsens with exercise, sex, or a hectic schedule, in which case they recommend limiting these activities until the “spotting” subsides.

Bleeding in the more advanced, second or third trimester is considered significantly more serious. However, despite the commonality of bleeding in the first trimester, warning signs of a potentially serious situation includes heavy bleeding, the passing of (blood) clots, excessive pain and/or fever. Pink or brown blood is a good sign, but if it’s bright red, get to a doctor immediately.

And, experts add that it’s never too early in a pregnancy to frequently visit your doctor or midwife and go over the baby’s heartbeat (which can often be heard as early as eight to nine weeks into the pregnancy).

Besides an ultrasound, expectant moms should also request exams for chlamydia and bacterial vaginosis, which may contribute to spotting and preterm labor. Other tests you should have done include checks for hepatitis and beta strep.

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