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Mar 162011

Throughout pregnancy the body of a woman undergoes a large number of changes. Lots of hormonal changes also take place right from the time of start of pregnancy. There is no set routine for the changes. It differs not only from person to person, but also differs from one pregnancy to the second in the same woman.

One of the most common problems faced by almost one third of the women during early stages of pregnancy is spotting as it is commonly called. Spotting refers to vaginal discharge which can be of red, brown or yellow color. Remember it should not go beyond the first trimester of pregnancy. This can be a standalone phenomenon or accompanied with cramps or lower back pain as felt during periods when there was no pregnancy.

Spotting can be associated with some internal problem or due to some activity carried on by you. Indulging in sex during early stages of pregnancy or doing exercise or leading a very hectic life may be a cause of spotting. If it is associated with any of these it will stop after discontinuing these activities. In addition there could be some medical reason. After pregnancy the fertilized egg gets implanted on the wall of the uterus and then it starts growing. If the fertilized cell is in the process of settling on the uterus wall, some blood may be discharged resulting in spotting. According to research it may also happen at the time normal periods are expected.

Though considered as a part of early pregnancy, it can be an early signal of some problem developing inside. If it is associated with pain and you experience heavy bleeding or clots of blood coming out this should be a cause of concern. An immediate visit to a gynaecologist is a must. The reason can be that the fertilized egg has planted outside uterus and may result in miscarriage.

If the clotting continues, it should also be a cause of concern and need immediate medical attention. Generally complete bed rest is recommended by the doctors. For development and delivery of a healthy baby it is essential to follow the instructions of your attending doctor and take medicines as prescribed.