Early Pregnancy Spotting

Spotting is light bleeding that is pink, red or brown in color and it is not uncommon to notice minor vaginal spotting when one is in the early days of pregnancy. It is suggested that spotting might happen at the time when your next period would have been due and can sometimes be accompanied by lower abdominal cramping and back pain.

What Causes Brown Spotting in Early Pregnancy?

There can be various reasons for early pregnancy spotting. The common reasons are listed as under:

Implantation of Egg:

One may notice spotting for 6-12 days after the possible fertilization of an egg. The light bleeding can be due to the implantation of the egg into the uterine wall when the tissue surrounding the egg eats its way into the uterine lining (endometrium).

Sexual Intercourse:

Sometimes sexual intercourse can also be the cause of early pregnancy spotting because the cervix has become tender and sensitive.

Vaginal Infection:

Cervical or vaginal infection may also be the underlying cause of brown spotting in early pregnancy.

Ectopic Pregnancy:

When the egg is implanted into the fallopian tube, ovary or anywhere outside of the uterus, this can cause early pregnancy spotting.


It is suggested that early pregnancy spotting can also be a sign of miscarriage. It is estimated that 20-30% of women may have some sort of bleeding during the early stages of pregnancy. However, miscarriage may happen at any time during early pregnancy.

Pregnancy bleeding may be a sign of an underlying health problem that could turn out to be serious. We would suggest that you consult with your doctor to ensure that you and your baby are safe and healthy.

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