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Clare asked...

Spotting during pregnancy.

Tags: Pregnancy

I'm 6 weeks pregnant had light brown spotting since week 5. Phoned early pregnancy unit they can't see me until week 7/8. I'm not in pain and it's brown. Is there anything to worry about. Going crazy with worry. First much wanted pregnancy after a year of trying.

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The answer

Firstly congratulations on your pregnancy and I understand how worrying this time can be.

Bleeding during early pregnancy is fairly common and there can be several reasons for this to happen with many pregnancies continuing on to be healthy and normal. ‘Spotting’ can be due to an 'implantation bleed' which is when the fertilised egg implants itself in the wall of your womb and is harmless.

Other causes of bleeding in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy can be miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy is uncommon and is when the pregnancy grows outside the womb, there is also usually pain. However for many women who experience bleeding the pregnancy continues as normal.

If you notice bleeding in early pregnancy it is important to contact your Dr or early pregnancy unit as you have done in this case. They will decide if further tests are needed such as an ultrasound scan and maybe a blood test to check hormone levels. Waiting for a scan until 7 weeks may be needed as too early and it is difficult to see even a healthy pregnancy on scan.
If bleeding becomes heavy or there is any pain then it is important to immediately contact your GP or go to A &E for assessment.

I wish you all the very best in your pregnancy.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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