Types of Spotting and Cramping In Early Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on January 17, 2012

Both, spotting and cramping in early pregnancy are common occurrences. At times, they could be an indication of a major pregnancy complication or even a miscarriage; however, in other instances, spotting and cramping in early pregnancy could occur for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, it is only natural for any woman to get filled with worry and concern when symptoms like spotting during pregnancy and abdominal cramps become evident, especially during the earlier part of pregnancy.

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However, the type of spotting that is seen, as well as the severity of the cramps, could help a woman as well as the medical health care provider understand what the possible causes could be.

Light spotting and cramping in early pregnancy

In most cases, if a few drops of light brown or pinkish blood are seen it could be an indication of implantation, during which a fertilized egg gets attached to the lining of the uterus. This is not a cause for concern, as it occurs because of a bit of shedding in the uterine lining.

Brown spotting and cramping in early pregnancy

During pregnancy, the hormonal levels in a woman rise drastically and rapidly. This could cause some of the old blood to be expelled from the body, in the form of brown spotting, often accompanied by cramps, especially during the date when the periods are usually due. This too is not a cause for concern, but should be checked by a doctor.

Pink spotting and cramping in early pregnancy

There are several factors that could lead to pink spotting or even light red spotting and cramping in early pregnancy. Some of these factors include:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Strenuous activity
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Undergoing an internal test

Some of the causes of pink spotting and cramping in early pregnancy can be quite serious and could also lead to a life threatening situation, if left untreated.

There have been numerous instances of women experiencing both spotting and cramping in early pregnancy; however, many such women have gone on to deliver perfectly normal and healthy babies. While not all instances of spotting and cramping in early pregnancy are an indication of a miscarriage or any pregnancy related complication, it is important to consult a doctor, in case any such symptoms appear. Health experts advise women to have even the slightest spotting and cramping in early pregnancy investigated, without any delay. This is because in some cases, a possible miscarriage can also be prevented with the proper care and treatment.

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