Spotting during pregnancy

Spotting during pregnancy

What to do if you experience minor bleeding during pregnancy


Spotting during pregnancy is not uncommon, especially during the early stages. However, it can be a dangerous sign so you should always contact your GP or midwife immediately.

Minor bleeding in early pregnancy

Lots of newly pregnant women experience minor bleeding. It’s important to see your GP or midwife straight away so they can rule out miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

Try not to worry though. This early pregnancy spotting can simply occur as the egg implants into the wall of the uterus, and many women who bleed at this stage go on to have normal and successful pregnancies.

For some women, spotting during pregnancy happens more than once. Bleeding during pregnancy can be caused by an irritated cervix, particularly after intercourse.

Minor bleeding in the later stages of pregnancy

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Any bleeding during the later stages of pregnancy should be reported to your gynaecologist, doctor or midwife. While many instances of pregnancy spotting are natural, it may indicate problems with the placenta that need to be addressed.

Your doctor will ask you about whether you’re experiencing any other symptoms such as pain or dizziness and may give you a vaginal or pelvic examination, an ultrasound scan and blood tests.

Whilst you will understandably be concerned, try not to be too anxious. Lots of women who experience bleeding still go on to have normal and successful pregnancies.

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