Spotting During Early Pregnancy

Pregnancy, for most women I know or have met, is usually a time when they are at their most excited. This is usually as a direct result of the anticipation of new life. This anticipation and excitement can be short-lived and overshadowed by the fear that spotting or light bleeding causes.

Although this spotting is usually indicative of complications like miscarriages and ectopic pregnancy, it is not usually affirmative, and as such should not be worsened by the development of anxiety as a first course of action.

Spotting may also be due to problems which are not pregnancy related. A vaginal infection, for instance a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis or even a sexually transmitted infection causes your cervix to become irritated or inflamed. An inflamed cervix is particularly susceptible to spotting immediately after intercourse or following a Pap smear.

Infections- there are times that spotting occurs due to conditions not related to pregnancy. Yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection like trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, Chlamydia and herpes can cause the cervix to become irritated or inflamed. In this case, you are particularly prone to spotting after sexual intercourse or pap smear.

If spotting is followed by abdominal pain and cramping, this may be a sign you are having a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Its important to let your doctor know about any signs of blood or spotting, because a miscarriage could be life threatening, not only for you but also the baby.

Technically or biologically speaking, spotting is caused by the process of the thick bed of blood vessels in the endometrium as the blastocyst implants into the uterine wall. The blastocyst is the fertilized egg that has yet to implant into the uterine wall. Through this process, some blood natural is released from the uterine wall which is the cause of the spotting itself.

Ectopic pregnancy can also be a reason why some women experience pregnancy spotting. Implantation and thereafter, development of the baby outside the uterus can cause vaginal bleeding. Outside the uterus, the embryo mainly begins to develop in the fallopian tube, which is why this ectopic pregnancy is also termed as tubal pregnancy or molar pregnancy.

Dividing Egg Cell Burrowing into the Wall of the Uterus. This can also be caused by the action done by the dividing fertilized egg cell which clinging into the walls of the uterus, the organ where the developing baby is nourished and undergoes development.

Your doctor will usually do some physical checks, blood tests or ultra sound scans when you have spotting during early stages of pregnancy, to make sure the baby is fine. Meanwhile, ensure you rest and do not continue to exert yourself or do any form of exercises. Drop your housework too!

Another unfortunate reason why you may notice pregnancy spotting is if you are experiencing ectopic pregnancy. The fertilized egg (embryo) is supposed to embed or implant itself in the walls of the uterus; that is the ideal situation. If this does not happen, and anything else occurs, that is, if the embryo embeds itself inside of the fallopian tube, then you are said to have an ectopic pregnancy.

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