Pregnancy

Brown Spotting During Pregnancy

Pregnant women may experience spotting during pregnancy. It is alarming because spotting is often associated with a miscarriage. However, that may not always be the case. Here are some causes of brown spotting during pregnancy:

  • During pregnancy brown discharge or spotting may be an alarming sign. However, the color and consistency of the discharge is important. A woman should not worry if the discharge color is brown, which is not associated with heavy spotting.
  • Many women experience moderate brown spotting or vaginal discharge with each passing trimester. It is usually nothing to worry about, but it’s best to consult with your doctor to make sure.

Causes of Brown Spotting During Pregnancy

Sex:

Sexual intercourse can cause of brown spotting during pregnancy. Intercourse may lead to the irritation of or tears in the cervix, resulting in brown spotting for a couple of days.

Implantation Bleeding:

Implantation bleeding occurs approximately two weeks after conception when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine lining. It may continue for about a day, and results in brown spotting or mild bleeding.

Infection:

During pregnancy brown spotting may be the sign of vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis, genital HPV and yeast infections. These conditions may also cause itchiness, irritation and a burning sensation in the vaginal area. Check with a doctor for treatment.

Ectopic Pregnancy:

An ectopic pregnancy is where the embryo plants itself outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. This is the most serious cause of brown spotting and can affect a pregnant woman’s health. This condition requires immediate medical attention.

Miscarriage:

A miscarriage is when the pregnancy ends, usually starting with cramping and heavy spotting or bleeding. Pregnancies can end at any stage, for any number of reasons. Sometimes the fetus does not develop properly, or the woman’s overall health is poor, or there is a incompatibility between the mother’s body and the fetus. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect a miscarriage has taken place.

If spotting is heavy or is accompanied by any other physical symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. See a doctor if you have any questions about spotting. Try to limit stress during this time, as stress can hurt the health of the baby and mother.

 

 

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