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Spotting during pregnancy is a scary thing. You are finally pregnant and you want it to work out. But then, out of nowhere, you start spotting. The last thing you want is to bleed, especially since you are excited about this pregnancy. But spotting during pregnancy isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, spotting is normal.

Mild spotting

During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, many women report spotting. In fact, up to 20% of women say they have had spotted during this time. Mild spotting can usually be spotted on the toilet paper when you wipe after a toilet visit. The spotting may be anything from pink to red to brown.

Continuous spotting

Even though spotting is normal, it isn’t normal for the spotting to continue for longer periods of time. If you are experiencing this, please contact your doctor and let them guide you through it all. A test may be needed to determine the cause of spotting.

Ultrasound at 8 weeks

It’s important to know that ultrasounds done at 8 weeks can provide much more detail about pregnancy than one done earlier. In fact, it’s hard to see anything on an ultrasound until at least 5 weeks. Even then, not much can be seen. The further along you are, the better the results.

Heavy spotting

Heavy spotting should be addressed. Depending on the amount of bleeding, you should take action. Heavy spotting during pregnancy is usually filling a menstrual pad throughout the day. If you fall into this category, call your doctor to hear what your options are. It could be nothing, but it could also be a miscarriage. Clarity is everything, so call your doctor for more information.

Did you experience spotting during pregnancy? Please share your experiences below in the comments section to help other women who are currently pregnant and spotting.

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