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You are here : home > Preconception > Miscarriages, Abortions and Congenital Diseases > Spotting during Pregnancy

Spotting during Pregnancy


At times spotting may be mistaken for a period, when in fact you may be pregnant and require rest. Read on.


I missed my period, but there was some spotting. Am I pregnant?

The answer to this question can normally be determined through a pregnancy test. It is certainly possible that you may be a few days late for your period, but in case of any doubt, visit your nearest lab center or hospital, and get your doubt clarified by means of a Urine Pregnancy Test. Labs generally examine urine passed by you, and will give you your results within around half an hour itself. You could also find out if your pharmacy stocks home pregnancy tests, and can check whether you are pregnant at home. However, this test is generally an accurate indicator only if you take it a few days to a week after your missed period. Also realize that although the test may show that you are not pregnant, you could still be pregnant. But it is very rare for the test to err the other way about. It will rarely return a positive result if you are not pregnant.

If the result is positive, congratulations! But you will need to be especially careful if you have noticed spotting.

A little spotting does take place sometimes when the embryo implants itself in the uterus, but this is fairly rare, and the spotting is very little, lasting just for a couple of days. So if you find that you have missed a period and have had a couple of days spotting and no incidents of spotting after this, there is little cause for worry. But if you find that the spotting has lasted longer, you should consult your gynaecologist without delay.

The minute you notice spotting during pregnancy, or spotting lasting for more than 3 days after a missed period which leads you to suspect you may be pregnant, get off your feet and lie down. Don't wait until the gynaecologist confirms you are pregnant. Just take an appointment and rest until you meet her, after which she may recommend further bed rest, along with medication and vitamins.

In general, if you notice that the spotting is brown, and at times you see blood when you wipe yourself, there is generally little cause for worry and at least 30% of pregnant women experience such spotting. However if the spotting is bright red, you need to be more careful.

Remember that early miscarriages don't generally require medical intervention, and the body takes care of it on its own. In fact, many women miscarry early on in their pregnancy, without even realizing that they were pregnant. They simply put it down to a late period.

Doctors do generally advise bed rest, and suggest that you don't get out of bed, except to go to the toilet. However, there are conflicting views that state that bed rest will not really help a lot - all a woman needs to do is avoid strenuous activity. However, one point is certain - rest is essential if you want to see your pregnancy through, and you may want to be better safe than sorry, and make sure you stay in bed. The bed rest doesn't have to last through your pregnancy. Generally you may just need bed rest for a couple of weeks or so, along with medication, while the doctor adopts a wait and watch approach. You will then need to have an ultrasound to determine if the baby is alright. Around 50% of women who spot early on in their pregnancy go on to deliver perfectly healthy babies, while 50% miscarry.

Here are a few additional points you should bear in mind if you are spotting:
Don't bend forward
Avoid sexual intercourse
Don't climb stairs
If you live in India where the roads are especially bad, be careful when traveling. Avoid roads that are bumpy, and don't travel by auto rickshaws at all, especially if you have had an incident of spotting.

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Hondui.5 years ago
a well informed article clearing many misconceptions. i would recommend this site to all my friends who are planning to conceive or who have conceived. very valuable information given which are of great help especially when you do not have quick access to a doctor
 
 
 
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fanny.5 years ago
i missed my period and noticed some spotting. i tested for pregnancy using pregnancy kit but the results were negative. so am i not pregnant or should i repeat the test.
 
 
 
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Sheela.7 years ago
hi i already have two kids and all of a sudden i doscover that i am pregnant for the third time. at first i am nervous and think of abrtion ... then my husband says e wants to keep the baby so i also decide that it will be nice to have three kids ... and these days that is considered a large family considering some of my friends are having just one child. then recently a very unfortunate thing happened. in my 12th week when i went to the doctor, she told me that the baby had stopped growing after 6 weeks. so i went threough a surgery to clean up after a miscarriage. but i cannot tell you how depressed i feel about the miscarriage. i keep wondering how life would have been with three kids ... and i hold myself responsible. it seems god almost heard me when i was thinking that i did not want to keep the third. i am already past 39 and don't really want to plan a baby ... becasue it is a high risk age. i sometimes wish i had been more careful then maybe i would not have miscarried. do any of you feel the same way?
 
 
 
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Tim.7 years ago
each of the children you have is precious and wonderful, and each of the children other parents have is wonderful, and each of the people in the world, who were all someone's children, is wonderful, too. you have two children of your own to love, and 6,500,000,000 other people to love also. so do your best to love us all, and each of us will benefit from your love, just as do your own two children. best wishes!
 
 
 
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sheela.7 years ago
yes i know how u feel.i also because pregnant after i had my tubes tied . but i lost it at 11/2 months pregnant . i do want another one .
 
 
 
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kim.7 years ago
well i dont have any children and i wasnt ever pregnant or had an abortion but i was just wondering about what happend to the fetiss' involved in the abortions? i was just wondering because i am writing a speech on abortion and i needed more facts and i was wondering if anyone knew (please dont give me false imformation.)
 
 
 
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Mohini.7 years ago
i had 4 miscarriages in the months of 2,4,3 & recently in 19th weeks. the doctors are telling that it may be because of some allergy, the reason for which is not known. but some days back i came to know that if minus sign is there in hsg test then we have to take some rubella (exactly not known)injection to make it + and then can try for pregnancy. is it true ? will i be able to deliver a healthy baby after taking this injection ? please advise.
 
 
 
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shantae roberts.7 years ago
i 2 was messin wit a boy named breon who i told i migth be pregant and he told his mom and she told him to tel me to drink vinger is that even good to my health i don't want to lose my child over sumin like dis and plus i wanted the babe im only 15 and i have always wanted a babe butwas dis to much i wonder and i cry every single nigth wonderin if i was ever pregant wit his babe in the first place
 
 
 
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Rosa Martin.7 years ago
i have 2 kids a boy and a girl we are a lovely family of 4...but then to my suprise i was prepnant after 15 years, at first everything was okay but then i got scared because a week after i started to bleed so my docter told me i had a miscarriged, and as most people i also was very depressed and what hurt me the most was that my kids and my husband wanted me to have the baby.
 
 
 
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michelle.7 years ago
i am 26 have had lost 3 now,firt in 2004 then i had a boy in 2005,he was prem and in hozy for 7weeks,had allsorts wrong with him,hes now 16month and fighting fit.then i lost june 06 and have just cum home from a&e and ive lost another,it always happens aronud 4-6 weeks.i dont know how much more of this i can take,whats wrong with me ? ?
 
 
 
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