Spotting While Pregnant
Do you know what one of the most common conditions pregnant women undergo without much knowledge of what is going on? It is called spotting and below I am going to give you a brief summary about it; what it is, its causes and what to do when you are spotting.
Should I be worried if I am spotting while I am pregnant?
Often women find themselves spotting during pregnancy but not many of them are aware as to what is happening. Many women notice a brownish discharge during their early stages of pregnancy also known as spotting. In most cases this discharge is normal and it should not worry you however you should always call contact your doctor just in case it is something more serious. You should also be aware that there is a difference between "spotting" and "bleeding". Spotting is light bleeding similar to the discharge we one gets during the beginning or end of a menstruation cycle, while bleeding can be a more severe case of this.
What are the most common causes?
-Spotting may be caused due to having sex while you are pregnant. This is because your cervix has more blood flowing to it during pregnancy therefore many women notice some spotting after having intercourse.
-Due to the same reason (increased blood flow to cervix) a Pap smear or an internal exam can cause spotting.
-The implantation of the egg onto the uterus wall may also cause spotting. This may happen during the first few days of your pregnant, even before you are aware that you are pregnant.
-Spotting (and bleeding) may also be a sign of a miscarriage.
-Several vaginal infections or sexually transmitted infections can cause spotting.
What should I do if I start spotting?
Although spotting is common between women the safest thing to do is have a checkup with your doctor as there is always the possibility that the spotting may be cause by something more serious. This check-up is very quick and it normally involves having your hormone levels checked; simply done by having some blood drawn at the hospital.
You must keep in mind that even though we are in very advanced years of science the doctors may not always be able to determine the exact cause of your spotting.
The emergence of the baby into the world - it is always a small miracle. Two loving people give rise to new life. Expectant mother does not know that in her body is already emerging a new man. Her body has already begun to rebuild for bearing the child. After the first signs of pregnancy and ultrasound, the woman begins to listen to these changes. It changes your lifestyle, your habits, all aimed at the safe course of pregnancy. But it happens that now when the schedule of the menstrual cycle should begin monthly, she has a bloody discharge. These bleeding caused panic among expectant mothers. Should I be concerned in this case?
According to statistics, every fifth woman is spotting while pregnant. Often they do not represent any threat to mother or fetus. It is very important at any stage of pregnancy it occurs. But the first thing is to make a pregnant woman, is to consult with a doctor who oversees the course of her pregnancy. Neither should postpone the visit or consult with friends, the causes can be all-different.
Most often bleeding are at the first semester of pregnancy to 14 weeks. This could be damage to the throat of the mother. During this time he has a high sensitivity, since very actively supplied with blood. Because of sports or intimate relationships may appear damaged or breaks congested blood vessels. This discharge is very weak, and goes through 4-6 hours. Enough to comply with bed rest and avoid risk factors.
Another reason - menstruation. In the first months of pregnancy, the day of the menstrual cycle may start menstruating. It happens every fifty women. Explanation for this, doctors can not find, but believe it to be safe.
The third reason is lack of pregnancy hormones. If the ovaries produce enough progesterone, the endometrial is torn away and bleeding, as in normal menstruation. Sometimes spotting can be quite strong. Most often this occurs in women with irregular cycles or those who had been treated for infertility. According to test results, prescribed the introduction of hormone injections, tablets, or as suppositories.
The fourth reason could be a miscarriage. In this case, there are severe pain in his lower abdomen that resemble pre-menstrual pain. Need to urgently seek medical advice. The early stages of treatment, pregnancy can be preserved.
An additional reason for bleeding in the first half - an ectopic pregnancy. This pregnancy, in which the fertilized egg does not fall into the uterus, but remains in the fallopian tube. The reason for this could be adhesions, scars in the oviduct, or inflammation of the ovaries. The use of intrauterine devices also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Spotting, which can go into a heavy bleeding accompanied by severe pain in the lower abdomen? If the diagnosis is confirmed, do the operation. In the second semester of bleeding are extremely rare. This may be the result of a fall or blow to the abdomen.