Many women see pregnancy spotting before they even know they are pregnant. Normally one of your ovaries releases an egg about 14 days after your period. If you have a fertilized inside of you, you may think that the spotting you see is your normal period getting ready to start. You will see light spotting due to the fact of the fertilized egg is making it’s way into the uterine wall. Pregnancy spotting of this kind is normal and it will only last a couple of days. Soon you will realize that is the reason you saw spotting but never really had a period that month.

Spotting is considered to be slightly bleeding, much less than with a period. It can be as much as the first day of your period in some cases. The blood can be any color to be considered as spotting. Many women think spotting is very light pink blood, but that’s not the case.

One you find out you are pregnant and you see spotting, there are some things that are normal and others that can be life threatening so it’s important to know the differences in the types of pregnancy spotting. Finding the cause will not always be possible when spotting while pregnant because of all the different things going on inside your body.

It’s normal to have spotting after sex or an exam by your doctor. Naturally, the blood supply is increasing in your pelvis and cervix areas making spotting a possibility after any type of activity in the area.

If you are having period like cramps along with your pregnancy spotting, you will want to monitor it closely and have an exam as soon as possible if the cramping is staying consistent or increasing in strength. This could be the beginning of a miscarriage or you could have an ectopic pregnancy that needs to be removed. An ectopic pregnancy is one where it is outside of the uterus and will not be able to develop. If it is located in your fallopian tubes, it could be tearing them and causing you to bleed. A doctor will be able to determine if you have an ectopic pregnancy by measuring your uterus and comparing it to the size it should be according to your due date. An ultrasound will show if the uterus is empty and then a fiber optics tube will be sent inside the body to view where the pregnancy is located. An ectopic pregnancy can be fatal if it’s not discovered early enough.

There are also other reasons you might see pregnancy spotting that are not even related to the pregnancy. Infections or a STD could be the cause. It’s always best to mention the spotting to your doctor at your next prenatal visit so that the cause can be determined by them. Keeping track of when you have pregnancy spotting and if it was accompanied by cramping will help your doctor understand more about what might be the cause.

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