Spotting During the 5th Week of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nick on August 13, 2012

Spotting during pregnancy is surprisingly common though it can be a frightening experience. Vaginal bleeding and light spotting at 5 weeks of pregnancy can occur due to a variety of reasons. Irrespective of what the reason is contact your doctor as soon as you notice the spotting so that any complications can be ruled out. Spotting at 5 weeks pregnant is generally not due to implantation bleeding as this generally takes place about two weeks after conception. Implantation bleeding therefore occurs around the time your period would have normally arrived had you not been...

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...pregnant. When the fertilized egg finally attaches to the wall of the uterus, brown spotting at 5 weeks pregnant can occur. To rule out an ectopic pregnancy or even a miscarriage, your doctor will order a blood and urine test to check HcG levels. In a normal pregnancy, HcG levels increase every two days, In case of a miscarriage; these HcG levels will drop considerably letting your doctor know that something is wrong.

Light pink spotting at 5 weeks pregnant can also happen post sex or after an internal exam. If this is the case, please inform your doctor that the bleeding followed intercourse. Cervical irritation is normal and cause spotting or light bleeding and unless this develops into heavy bleeding accompanied by severe cramps or pain, a miscarriage is rarely the cause.

Hormones also dip and fall dramatically over the nine months of a pregnancy. Light red spotting may occur at the time of your normal period due to these hormonal fluctuations. A softening of the cervix can also lead to light spotting. A vaginal infection, a polyp or a yeast infection can all result in bleeding as well and this needs to be treated by your doctor as soon as possible.

When you speak to your doctor about the spotting, make sure that you tell him whether the blood was light pink in color or brown or red. You will also need to mention if the flow was light, had clots or heavy enough to need a sanitary pad. You need to inform your doctor if you recently had sex or had an internal exam. This information will give your doctor a good idea what the reasons for the bleeding may be. If you had any dizzy spells, fever, cramps or pain that accompany the bleeding, get yourself to an emergency room immediately.

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