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Pregnancy brown spotting

Pregnancy brown spotting is always alarming stressful symptom and women should pay very special attention to it. Although many pregnant women could have brown spotting during whole pregnancy without any serious reason but sometimes the brown spotting during pregnancy could be a signal of some serious conditions.

Pregnancy brown spotting – early pregnancy

Sometimes brown vaginal spotting could be the first signal for pregnancy – some doctors call it “first very early symptom of pregnancy”. Sometimes early in pregnancy women could experience brown spotting at the time of expected menstrual period. If this occurs without any known reason, pregnancy test should be taken to confirm or exclude early pregnancy.

Brown spotting could be early pregnancy symptom.

During the first trimester of pregnancy, the body starts getting rid of the older blood which is present in the cervix. The most common cause for brown spotting during pregnancy, particularly late in the first trimester, is that the body is getting rid of the older blood remnants in the cervix. At the same time, growing pregnancy and uterus need more blood vessels and increased number of vessels also sometimes could trigger brown vaginal spotting.

During pregnancy the cervix becomes very sensitive and it starts spotting the brown discharge which is quite normal after vaginal sonogram and/or sexual intercourse. The irritation of the cervix causes a little tear which results in brown spotting which can last 2-3 days.

Pregnancy brown spotting at early stages could be triggers by few causes:

Pregnancy brown spotting – late pregnancy

Pregnancy puts a major strain on the body and as the baby grows the added pressure on the muscles, joints, ligaments and surrounding organs can lead to painful cramping, discomfort and brown vaginal spotting. In general, during pregnancy women can notice increasing vaginal discharge (white, brown or yellowish) as the pregnancy progresses and quite often it is normal and happens due to various reasons. During late pregnancy the cervix and the vaginal walls become tender and vaginal discharge increases to prevent any kind of infections traveling up from the vagina to the womb – it is kind of protection mechanism keeping pregnancy safer.

Although Pregnancy brown spotting at late stages is not uncommon but it is always alarming and first thought that comes to mind is that something is wrong with baby or pregnant woman.

Pregnancy brown spotting is normal as long as the discharge isn’t heavy with cramping or red like menstrual blood and blood clots. Brown spotting during late pregnancy can be due to various reasons, of which some can be mild and some may be pretty serious.

Pregnancy brown spotting

Pregnancy brown spotting

Pregnancy brown spotting during late stages of pregnancy include the following:

  • Cervical factor,
  • Late Miscarriage,
  • Placental Abruption,
  • Placenta Previa,
  • Labor Normal,
  • Preterm Labor,
  • Uterine rupture,
  • Vasa previa.

According to medical statistics, every tenth woman could have vaginal bleeding or spotting (brown, reddish or red) during their third trimester. It could be a sign of some serious problem. During last few months of pregnancy all types of spotting, discharge or bleeding should always be reported to your doctor immediately.

Every pregnant woman should know the difference between spotting and bleeding:

Vaginal spotting is when you notice unexpected few drops of blood on your underwear – it is not even enough to cover a panty liner.

Vaginal bleeding is a heavier flow of blood which requires special attention and need liners or pads for keeping the blood from soaking your clothes.


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