Brown Spotting During Pregnancy
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Brown Spotting During Pregnancy

Brown spotting during pregnancy may occur at various stages.

Brown spotting during pregnancy is often a source of concern for couples who are expecting. There are several things that can cause this. Not all of the factors are serious. The body goes through a number of changes during pregnancy. Some of these can be quite uncomfortable. Women experience itching, dizziness, nasal problems and leg cramps.

Pregnancy may result in weight gain. This often results in increased pressure being put on certain areas of the body. Women may have joint pain as their bodies try to cope with the increased weight. Sometimes, the smallest blood vessels-the capillaries- may rupture. Women may see a small amount of red or pink spotting when this happens. As long as the discharge is light, there is no reason to worry. Women who soak a pad in less than an hour should proceed to the hospital as soon as possible.

Women may have brown spotting during pregnancy at various stages. Some have it at nine weeks. Some have a discharge at six weeks. It can happen at any time during the first trimester. In some women, it continues even beyond the first trimester. Some of the brown spotting during pregnancy is caused by old blood. Doctors are not usually concerned when this is the cause.

The uterus has to expand in order to accommodate the baby. The uterus is composed of muscle. As the baby grows, it becomes bigger to accommodate the unborn child. It also changes in shape. As the pregnancy progresses, it tends to lean more towards a woman’s right side, than her left side. The womb is designed with ligaments that hold it in place even when it leans. These ligaments stretch a little as the womb gets bigger. Women may feel short, sharp pains when this happens.

As the uterus expands, women sometimes see brown spotting. They may also experience mild cramping in the womb. About thirty percent of expectant mothers have that experience. This is normal and should not cause undue concern.

Couples who are still concerned about brown spotting during pregnancy can request that their doctor do a pelvic ultrasound. This is also referred to as a transvaginal ultrasound. It allows the doctor to get a picture of everything in the lower pelvis, including the baby’s heartbeat. Fetal movement is seen at seven or eight weeks. They will be able to see their unborn child move and have the reassurance that everything is okay. 

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