Is It Normal To Bleed During Pregnancy?

By Shabana Kachhi

Pregnancy is something that most women look forward to in their lives. But certainly not the problems that come with it.

For most women, the most positive fact about pregnancy is freedom from periods for complete 9 months. For others, it's the fact that we are given extra attention to during those days and also all our cravings are fulfilled rather seriously, which otherwise are usually ignored.

is it normal to bleed during pregnancy

This phase is also very confusing to many first timers. Our body goes through a lot of changes, which we are unable to understand.

It also gives out signals which are hard to decipher sometimes. Symptoms like feeling hungry or tired all the time, suffering from insomnia or sleeping too much, or pain in the pelvic area are usually harmless.

But everything should have a limit. It may be hard to know the limits but, if certain symptoms are causing you extreme discomfort, then it is time to pay a visit to your gynaecologist.

Pregnancy differs from woman to woman. The symptoms that occur in your pregnancy, your pregnant friend may or may not experience the same. That is why, you never know what is right and wrong during this time.

But we are here to serve you as a guide in knowing the different facts about pregnancy. We try our best to educate you with the right facts and make this journey filled with good memories.

One of the common issues that women face during pregnancy is spotting. Therefore here, we will be discussing in detail about it.


What Is Spotting?

Spotting is when there is a bloody discharge from the vagina during pregnancy. Though women do not experience bleeding during the pregnancy period, spotting puts them on the worrying mode.


Is Spotting Normal During Pregnancy?

Stats show that at least 20% percent of women experience spotting at least once in their pregnancy. Spotting is said to be completely normal if there is minimal amount of blood discharged, i.e., if it's just a spot.

Usually the blood that is discharged during spotting is pink or brown in colour and not bright red.

In other cases, if the amount of blood discharged is more, you may experience bleeding, which should be immediately diagnosed by your gynaecologist.


Different Reasons Of Spotting:

Most of us would by now know that bleeding a little during pregnancy is completely normal, but you must be curious to understand its cause.

Here are certain reasons of spotting during pregnancy


1) Spotting During Implantation:

Some women experience discharge of blood due to the fertilized egg entering into the uterus. The egg tries to attach itself to the uterus walls, which causes bleeding.


2) Ectopic Pregnancy:

Spotting is one of the first signs of an ectopic pregnancy. This condition is where the embryo is growing outside the uterus in the fallopian tubes.


3) Irritation In The Cervix:

Pregnancy changes a lot of things inside our body. The pregnancy hormone can case irritation to the cervix during the start of pregnancy, which too can cause spotting.


4) Infections:

Certain infections completely unrelated to pregnancy like infections in the vagina can cause bleeding, which should be treated.


5) Spotting Due To An Intercourse:

Having sex during pregnancy can cause spotting, which is normal. It is completely normal. However, you are advised to follow the instructions of your gynaecologist before indulging in the act.

Bleeding in your second or third trimester can be due to various reasons such as placenta previa or an early-term labour. But instead of panicking, it is better to visit your gynaecologist if you sense something wrong.

They will conduct a thorough check to make sure that everything is safe and sound. Therefore, being cautious and trying to read the signs of your body will help you in having a safe pregnancy.

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    Story first published: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 11:00 [IST]
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