How long does spotting last in early pregnancy?
Your spotting won't be red but brown or black in colour as the blood won't be fresh. It'll be lighter (ie less blood) than a normal period. If the blood turns deep red or becomes heavy, speak to your midwife or GP as soon as possible. The bleeding should only last for one or two days, but every woman is different.
About 20% of women have some bleeding during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Possible causes of first trimester bleeding include: Implantation bleeding. You may experience some normal spotting within the first six to 12 days after you conceive as the fertilized egg implants itself in the lining of the uterus.
- A woman early in her pregnancy may have a miscarriage and only experience bleeding and cramping for a few hours. But another woman may have miscarriage bleeding for up to a week. The bleeding can be heavy with clots, but it slowly tapers off over days before stopping, usually within two weeks.
- Other than these reasons, threatened miscarriages are generally not caused by things you do, such as heavy lifting, having sex, or by emotional stress. The causes of this are the same as those for a threatened miscarriage. This is the most common cause of first trimester bleeding.
- Spotting is the vaginal bleeding after your menstrual period and before your next period. Spotting can also be noticed as a blood spot or two, or more, and can even potentially resemble a menstrual period. Spotting can occur for many reasons, ranging from normal to abnormal.
Some pregnant women notice light spotting, called implantation bleeding, around the time their period is due, and this is one early sign of pregnancy. Home pregnancy tests can detect a very small amount of hCG, so if you're pregnant you should be able to get a positive result by the time your period is a few days late.
- Yes, yes and yes. Stress can cause just about anything. Emotional stress (depression, anxiety, worry, insomnia) and physical stress (weight loss or gain, illness,poor diet) can both affect your menstrual cycle. The result can be spotting, and late or lighter periods.
- The timing of a positive pregnancy test depends on implantation. If you are pregnant, a urine pregnancy test is not expected to be positive until 3-4 days after implantation (at the very earliest), which is about 10 days after ovulation/fertilization and 4 days before the next period.
- Spotting is any light vaginal bleeding which occurs at any time other than when a period is due. Spotting between periods is reasonably common. There can be a few reasons why it happens but the most common are hormonal changes and it being due to an implantation bleed.
Updated: 12th October 2018