Spotting and Bleeding
Spotting and Bleeding While Pregnant
There is a major difference between spotting and bleeding during the course of your pregnancy. Spotting is very light bleeding, either brown or pink in color, while real bleeding is bright red and flows heavily enough to fill up a sanitary napkin. There are many reasons why women bleed and spot during their pregnancies. Sometimes it’s no big deal, and sometimes it is. Before panicking, read the reasons below to help you figure out why it may be happening to you.
Why You Spot or Bleed
During the early stages of pregnancy, when the embryo attaches itself to the uterine lining, spotting will occur. If you’re not expecting to be pregnant, you may think this is the start of your menstrual cycle, since implantation generally happens around the same time.
During your pregnancy your cervix may be extra sensitive. This tends to cause spotting to some women. If it happens to you, and you’re spotting, not bleeding you really shouldn’t put yourself in a stressful mood.
During the end of your pregnancy, if you notice bloody mucus, it could mean that the mucus plug is gone or has been lost. It could also mean labor is beginning and you should report to the doctor.
Excessive bleeding at any point in your pregnancy is an indication that something is very wrong. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you are bleeding heavily. If you’re not sure whether the amount you’re bleeding is normal, seek medical attention. It’s better to be safe than sorry.