In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, lots of things and symptoms could occur to a woman. It is when they experience most of morning sickness, weird symptoms, sometimes even spotting. Spotting is very light bleeding. It would sometimes be few droplets of blood, and sometimes just a little stain when you wipe down there. It is said that about 20% of pregnant women could experience spotting early in pregnancy. But, what causes it? Is it normal? And how can it affect a pregnant woman’s and baby’s condition? Let’s find out.
What Causes Spotting in Pregnancy?
•At early stage of pregnancy, after conception, women may experience light bleeding or spotting because the fertiled egg attaches to the uterine lining and this might cause little blood to come out. The color or spotting may vary from pink, red, or brownish discharges. This is called implantation bleeding.
•There is an increased number of blood vessels in a woman’s cirvical tissues and any contact to it might cause little bleeding. Examples of contacts that may affect are trasvaginal ultrasound, sexual intercourse, or any gynecological examination done. Although the bleeding occurs because of contact in vaginal tissues, it is considered to be harmless and normal especially during early pregnancy.
What You Should Do When You Experience Spotting During Pregnancy
•Rest more. As much as possible, don’t go around moving too much. Have a good bed rest.
•Don’t lift or carry heavy materials. Using too much force or strength may affect your condition and it won’t be of help.
•Doctors advise to lift your feet when lying down. You may also want to put a pillow under your hips as you lay on your back in the bed.
•Drink lots of water. Stay well-hydrated and well rested. Limit physical activities and avoid doing extraneous activities.
When to Call a Doctor
Even though bleeding during pregnancy is common, you should keep in mind that you need to take care of yourself and be mindful too. Bring it up to your doctor and always address everytime you experience other symptoms with it like light pain in the belly, excessive bleeding, constant headache and such.
If you are experiencing this right now, do not stress your self over it. Keep in mind that more than 50% of pregnant women who experience spotting during pregnancy were able to have healthy pregnancy along the way and delivered a healthy baby. What you should do is to take your vitamins, take care of yourself, regulary visit your doctor for prenatal check ups and keep a positive thinking that all will go well with you and your baby.