Light bleeding from the vagina is called spotting. It is common for women to have spotting during the first trimester of pregnancy. If you find yourself fearing the blood in such situations, know the reason for it and that will make you realise the action that needs to be taken. At times, due to twin pregnancy or some other factors, the spotting experienced by women can be more than usual. No need to raise an alarm as these may be due to some perfectly normal causes.
Some natural and normal causes of spotting during pregnancy are:
At times the reason for spotting is mistaken. The most common is mistaking implantation bleeding for regular menstrual bleeding. It is common because implantation spotting usually occurs around the time of menstrual bleeding, i.e. 5 to 12 days after conceiving. The former is light and does not cause any problems and neither does it last long
While spotting during the first trimester is normal, those that occur in the second and third trimester do pose some cause for concern. Both mother and the foetus could be adversely affected by such bleeding. Problems of the placenta are often the cause of bleeding in the second half of pregnancy. Painful bleeding can be the indication of placenta detaching from uterus, painless bleeding is often caused by a condition called placental previa, and watery discharge is a sign of early labour.
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