Spotting During Pregnancy: When To Worry?

Spotting During Pregnancy: When To Worry?

8 Jun 2022 | 2 min Read

Dr pradnya Randive

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Bleeding during pregnancy is quite worrisome and terrifying for every woman. Having said that it’s important to know what kind of bleeding is normal and what should you be worried about.

A mild spotting or light bleeding in early pregnancy (not like menstrual bleeding) tends to occur in most women. It happened due to the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus wall. Implantation bleeding is generally experienced around the 4th week. A woman may also experience mild spotting after intercourse during pregnancy. Generally, this light bleeding or spotting with no other symptoms accompanying it isn’t any harm to the mother or the baby.

On the other hand, light or heavy bleeding accompanied by symptoms like pain and swelling in the cervix, abdominal cramping, severe abdominal pain, fever, presence of clots or tissues in the vaginal bleeding, etc are indicative of serious conditions. A few such serious conditions include ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, miscarriage, infection, subchorionic haemorrhage (bleeding around the placenta), placenta previa, or placental abruption.

Vaginal bleeding with symptoms like severe cramping, pelvic pressure, diarrhea, and lower back pain before after 20th week and before the 37th week is indicative of preterm labour. This condition if not managed immediately could lead to serious outcomes/ repercussions for the baby.

Note: Be cautious about the unusual spotting or bleeding experienced during pregnancy and do get it to your doctor’s notice immediately to avoid any serious outcomes.












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