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Query from: kelly, QLD, 03/23/08
Topic: TRYING TO CONCEIVE      Submitted on: Ask Agent

I have done 3 pregnancy tests and they have shown positive results. i have started to bleed, its not heavy or anything. its just spotting. Am i pregnant or not?? PLEASE HELP

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Response from: mrs.ram s,   
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hi kelly,

first of all congratulations...for being pregnant

Identifying Reasons for Spotting during pregnancy

Light bleeding or spotting, as they usually call it, is a common happening during pregnancy. It may be regarded as a not-so-serious condition due to the many physiological reaction in a woman’s body during this childbearing stage.

If you are spotting and you are not pregnant... you might want to take a pregnancy test!

Some might confuse the spotting from bleeding although the latter is more serious and requires immediate medical attention. The spots can vary in color from light red, red, pink to brown, which is a usual color of a blood when it dried up.

During the first trimester of pregnancy, spotting can be very common. But while most people usually regard spotting as nothing but a common sightings at this stage, monitoring one’s health should be put at the top of everyone’s priority.

Causes of Spotting

There are many reasons for the cause of spotting and one some of them are enumerated below.

a. Increased Blood Supply To the Cervix. The increased blood supply to the primary internal genital organs of pregnant women. This increase blood supply may leak out to the linings of the cervix and, in turn, causes scant bleeding.

b. This is also caused by after-effect of Pap smear examination, sexual intercourse or any internal activity which destroy the internal linings of the cervix. For implant patients, several episodes of spotting is expected during the first week of the fertilization.

c. 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.

This type of soft bleeding will only last for about one or two days but may extend until the fourth or fifth day but should it continue on the sixth days, it should be consulted with your medical doctor for checkup.

It shows that less than 8% of women experiences spotting or none at all, however, for any concerns on pregnancy, especially for first-timers, regular check up is needed in order to check no any developments of spotting.

d. Vaginal Infections. Several vaginal infections may also cause spotting for pregnant and non-pregnant women alike. Sexually transmitted diseases for example may cause spotting. Vaginitis or Bacterial vaginosis, several types of vaginal yeast infections and trichomoniasis, are just some of the vaginal infections which may cause spotting.

Others such as herpes simplex, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia may irritate the linings of the cervix and causes the vulnerability of the cervix to irritation.

Irritated cervix would then cause bleeding if external means will be applied in the area such as when undergoing a Pap smear test or after having sexual intercourse or any serious medical condition such as cervical (benign) polyp which can become cancerous at anytime.

It shows that 10 to 64% of American women suffer from any of these diseases at any time during their lifetime

Complications Arising From Spotting

Spotting can be very dangerous especially if it would last for a week. For most women, spotting may suggest that an early onset of an abnormal pregnancy or miscarriage. Along with this sign, other may include dispersed bouts of abdominal pain and frequent cramps.

At this stage, ultrasound and a series of other laboratory tests carried out by your OB should be done in order to ensure the safety of the unborn. Half of pregnant women who experiences advanced spotting and bleeding miscarry and most experiences severe complications.

For the first week of spotting, an ultrasound showing heartbeat between 7 and 11 as a rate is a good indicator of ruling out miscarriage and continuing pregnancy on a clear and healthy state.

Other Issues Related to Spotting

Despite in advances in technology, most doctors are still unable to find the reason for the causes of spotting among pregnant women. While many of us are concerned on the daily activities that may induce spotting and in turn endanger the health of your unborn child, it is well advised to consult your local physician or obgyne so that they would be able to look closely on the cause and advice you on some activities will help you lessen the chances of recurring any episodes of spotting.

all the best

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Response from: Nisha Danny,   
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Hello Kelly, With three pregnnacy tests which turned positive, there should be no doubt if it is true or not. Home pregnancy test kits are accurate in most cases. However, most doctors worry in case of bleeding or spotting as it indicates a spontaneous abortion or miscarriage or other complications. So it is advisable to fix an appointment with a doctor to find the cause.

It's not always possible to determine the cause of prenatal spotting or bleeding. Because the blood supply to your cervix and pelvis has increased, it's not unusual to notice spotting after a Pap smear, an internal exam, or sex. Some other culprits include:

Implantation bleeding You may have some light spotting for a day or two at about the time when the fertilized egg burrows into the wall of your uterus. This is a process that starts just six to seven days after fertilization, so you wouldn't even know you were pregnant yet.

Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy Spotting or bleeding can be an early sign of miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, especially if accompanied by abdominal pain or cramping. (Bleeding can also signal a molar pregnancy, a relatively rare condition in which abnormalities in the fertilized egg at conception make it impossible for the embryo to develop or survive.)

Up to a quarter of pregnant women have some spotting or bleeding in early pregnancy, and about half of these women miscarry. But if you have an ultrasound that shows a normal heartbeat between 7 and 11 weeks, your chances of continuing the pregnancy are greater than 90 percent.

Infections Spotting can also be caused by conditions unrelated to pregnancy. A vaginal infection (such as a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis) or a sexually transmitted infection (such as trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, or herpes) can cause your cervix to become irritated or inflamed. An inflamed cervix is particularly prone to spotting after sex or a Pap smear. You may also spot or bleed after sex or a Pap smear if you have a cervical polyp (a benign growth).

Placental problems or premature labor In the second or third trimester, bleeding or spotting can be a sign of a serious condition such as placenta previa, placental abruption (in which the placenta separates from the uterus), a late miscarriage (between 13 weeks and midpregnancy), or premature labor (between midpregnancy and 37 weeks).

Even first trimester bleeding may be a sign of an underlying problem with the placenta. Research shows a link between early pregnancy bleeding and an increased risk of later complications, such as preterm delivery or placental abruption, particularly if the bleeding is heavy.

Bye, Take care!

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Response from: Dr. Sindu.,   
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Hello Kelly, Little bit of bleeing in the initial stages of pregnancy is quite normal.Spotting is not necessarily dangerous for the mother or embryo.but spotting may sometimes be a predecessor of a miscarriage.a wait and watch approach is not appropriate.You should take proper rest.If the bleedin is accompanied by mild cramps and fainting then you should immeidately consult your guynaecologist. If the bleeding tends to be heavy and the cramps are moderate to severe, In addition, if tissue is passed, the uterus enlarged and the cervix is open, the condition is symptomatic of a miscarriage. Vaginal bleeding accompanied by moderate to severe pain often confined to one side and fainting could indicate an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the tube). When a woman has dysfunctional and variable vaginal bleeding and the uterus is a normal size and the cervix is closed, she probably has a hormone imbalance. Hope for the best.

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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i think u have done that tests in home only.u have got positive only. congrats on that. light spotting is not problem when u are pregnant .

anyway it is better to consult a gynec doctor for thorough checkup and for confirming pregnancy.

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Response from: Brinda Shine,   
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Dear Kelly, Congrads.some people do have spotting at the initial days of pregnancy. but it is always better to check ur Beta HCG (the pregnancy hormone)level with the doctor which will give u the accurate growth of your kid. cos sometimes even cases like missed abortions have slight bleeding. so please check ur self with the doctor. all the best

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Response from: Indumukhi A.,   
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I believe I responded to your later query. If you are bleeding more than very, very faint spotting, you are not pregnant now.

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Response from: h k,   
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Spotting/bleeding during pregnancy is not uncommon. After 3 positive results, I think it's pretty safe to say you are pregnant. Please contact your physician.

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