Families and friends will start to congratulate and wish you and your baby the best as soon as they found out that you are expecting. A pregnant woman is likely to be spoiled by the people around her. They take a really good care of her and never let her to do the heavy works. Everybody is excited to take care and welcome the baby.
On the other hand, despite the excitement that the mother-to-be is experiencing, she becomes more sensitive and worries. This is triggered by the psychological aspect of a pregnant woman who feels that her body is changing. It is also caused by the hormonal changes that a pregnant woman experience, especially during the early periods.
That is why a pregnant woman should be able to manage her mood so that she will not worry too much and affect her pregnancy. The people around her should also be able to take a good care of her and always cheer her up.
There are a lot of concerns and worries about pregnancy that pregnant women are really afraid of. One of them is spotting. Spotting is basically a small amount of blood that is let through the vagina. Spotting rarely reaches the underwear and most women saw their spotting on the toilet paper when they are urinating. Spotting usually occurs on the very first weeks of pregnancy. There are a lot of women who experience spotting and did not realize that they are pregnant as they thought that it was a normal sign of their monthly period.
The blood color in the cases of early pregnancy cases can vary from pink, bright red or brown. In early stages of pregnancy, spotting is normally caused by the process of the fetus in attaching itself to the uterus wall. This is the process that is called implantation. In this process, a small amount of blood may be released and make its way out through the vagina. Early pregnancy spotting is considered very normal and there is nothing should be concerned about.
However, to report the spotting to the doctor would be very necessary. A doctor may suggest the women to take a bed rest or take it easy with her pregnancy. Women in later stage of pregnancy can also experience spotting. It may occur few weeks before delivery and this is caused by the losing of the mucus plug. This kind of spotting is also considered normal but it is still necessary to inform the doctor about it.
Bleeding is another thing that concerns pregnant women a lot. This is usually more concerning than spotting. This is because unlike in spotting that involves only a very small amount of blood, bleeding involves more blood lost. Pregnant women tend to be very stressed out and panicked when they experience bleeding because it normally leads to miscarriage. There are cases of bleeding that sign miscarriage but there are also bleeding cases that do not affect the fetus. Approximately 15-25% of pregnant women experience bleeding and half of them continue to keep and deliver the baby.Early pregnancy bleeding is commonly normal and it usually happens during the implantation period just like in spotting.
The only difference is the amount of the blood let through. Bleeding in early pregnancy can be caused by the softening of the cervix, and the doctors call it cervical erosion. It can also be caused by an infection of vagina or cervix. In some cases, early pregnancy bleeding can also be caused by a polyp.
Early pregnancy bleeding or spotting can also occur in the case of vanishing twin. This is the case where a pregnancy was started out with twins but during the development, one of the twins disappeared. This can lead to spotting but the remaining baby will not be affected and can continue to grow normally. The swollen labia or genital warts can also be the cause of the early pregnancy bleeding, but they can be treated and are not the things that can threat the baby.
Cases like these are similar to the bleeding cases experience by women in early pregnancy stages after they had intercourse. The intercourse can lead to bleeding but the blood is not actually coming from the baby as most women thought. It comes from the cervix and therefore it is harmless for the baby. Bleeding and spotting are normal for pregnant women so worrying about it too much is not necessary. However, to inform the midwife, hospital or doctor about it is highly recommended especially if it is accompanied by abdominal pain, fever, chill or cramps.