Maternal instincts start from the moment you notice that you are pregnant, it is at that moment we realize that our body is no long just our body. Because of this we are always very careful to make sure we are doing everything to make sure our baby is safe so bleeding even when it is light can be a very scary thing for a mother-to-be.
Babycenter defines Spotting as light bleeding from your vagina. It's similar to a period, but much lighter. The colour of the blood can be anything from red to brown. In the early weeks of pregnancy, a little spotting or bleeding is very common. As many as one in five mums-to-be with a continuing pregnancy have some sort of bleeding in the first trimester.
In early pregnancy, spotting and light bleeding is often harmless. It usually happens at about the same time that your period would have been due, and may last for a day or two. You may only notice it after you have been to the toilet and wiped.
According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), about 20 percent of women experience spotting during their first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The APA explained that this spotting has a lighter flow than your regular period, and that the color varies from red, pink, and brown.
As reported by Parents.com, doctors estimate that 25 to 40 percent of women will experience some vaginal bleeding during the first trimester of their pregnancy, and more often than not the pregnancy will progress totally normally.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are a number of possible causes of spotting or bleeding in the first half of pregnancy, including:
- Implantation bleeding, which occurs about 4 weeks into your pregnancy as the fertilized egg attaches to your uterine wall.
- Hormonal changes
- Sexual intercourse
- Internal exam done by your doctor.
Sometimes bleeding during the first half of your pregnancy can be a sign of a more serious condition, however, such as:
- Bleeding around the placenta.
- Chemical pregnancy, which occurs when an egg is fertilized but never fully implants in the uterus.
- Miscarriage (either threatened or imminent), which is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks. Often, the bleeding or spotting that occurs during a miscarriage will be accompanied by other symptoms, such as cramping or abdominal pain.
- Ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when a fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, most often in a fallopian tube.
- Molar pregnancy, a nonviable pregnancy characterized by an abnormal growth on the placenta, and, usually, an abnormal fetus
Even when you have followed all the rules laid down for you things beyond your control happen so it is important we don’t always blame ourselves for everything that goes wrong. Spotting or bleeding during pregnancy is not normal or expected so if spotting or bleeding is noticed, it is always best to inform your doctor who would be in the best position to tell you if something is wrong or not.