# What Does Spotting During Pregnancy Look Like?
Pregnancy is a time of great excitement and worry for many women. Spotting during pregnancy is common and can cause a great deal of anxiety in expecting mothers. It’s important to understand what spotting during pregnancy looks like and why it happens in order to better understand and prepare for it.
## Causes of Spotting During Pregnancy
Spotting during pregnancy can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
* Implantation bleeding: Implantation is when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall. This can cause light bleeding or spotting.
* Miscarriage: Spotting during pregnancy can sometimes be a sign of miscarriage, though this is not always the case.
* Infection: a vaginal or urinary tract infection can cause spotting.
* Cervical irritation: Sex, inserting a tampon, or a pelvic exam may cause the cervix to become irritated, leading to spotting.
* Preterm labour: Spotting coupled with contractions and pressure in the pelvis may indicate preterm labour.
## What Does Spotting During Pregnancy Look Like?
Spotting during pregnancy may vary in color, texture, and amount. Common types of spotting include:
* Pink to light red in color
* Brown or dark red
* Slightly heavier than a regular period
* Lighter or heavier than a regular period
The key is to take note of how often it occurs and the amount. While some spotting during pregnancy is normal, any that is heavy or occurs more frequently should be reported to your doctor.
## How to Manage Spotting During Pregnancy
First and foremost, speak to your doctor if you notice any spotting during pregnancy. Depending on the cause, certain treatments may be recommended.
* Drink plenty of fluids: Staying hydrated may help the body shed some of the blood more quickly.
* Take it easy: Moderating your activity level may reduce the amount of spotting.
* Wear a pantyliner: Using a liner may help Monitor the amount of spotting and make it easier to keep things clean.
* Talk to your doctor: Make sure to report any spotting during pregnancy to your doctor right away.
While spotting during pregnancy can be concerning, it often resolves itself without issue. Still, make sure to speak to your doctor if you notice any spotting.
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