Spotting at 6th Week of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on February 1, 2012

Spotting or bleeding during your pregnancy is always cause for concern. However, before you jump to any conclusions, know that this is more common than you think. There are a number of reasons for spotting at 6 weeks or at any time during your pregnancy. If you notice brown spotting or light spotting at 6 weeks of pregnancy, first call your doctor to rule out any complications. Ninety percent of the time there is a simple, harmless reason. One of the main reasons for light brown spotting at 6 weeks of pregnancy or earlier is called breakthrough bleeding. When the embryo finally attaches...


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...itself to the wall of the uterus, some of the old lining of the uterus could be discarded. This causes the brown spotting at 6 weeks or earlier. This spotting reduces in a day or two and then completely disappears.

Sexual intercourse can also irritate the cervix and result in light or red spotting at 6 weeks. If spotting has followed sex, please inform your doctor of the same. The same reason applies if you have recently had an internal exam or ultrasound and is no cause for worry. In case you have a vaginal infection, a yeast infection or even a polyp, you could end up spotting at 6 weeks pregnant. Once this reason has been determined, your doctor may give you some medicine to clear up the infection and the spotting will cease. Hormonal fluctuations could cause your body to still bleed a little during the days of your period if you had not been pregnant.

Be aware of these dates of your menstrual cycle and inform your doctor of the same. It takes some time for your body to adjust to all the changes happening within and this light bleeding during the time of your period is totally normal in the early months of pregnancy. Spotting at 6 weeks pregnant after bowel movement is also a very common phenomenon. Sometimes straining can cause the cervix to shed some old tissue and this could result in light pink spotting at 6 weeks.

In case the light spotting at 6 weeks of pregnancy is accompanied by severe cramps, abdominal pain, dizziness, or fever, rush to your doctor or emergency room at the earliest. These are the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage so you will need medical attention as soon as possible.

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