Vaginal Spotting or Bleeding During Pregnancy

spotting in pregnancy

early pregnancy bleeding

It’s definitely scary when a pregnant woman sees blood. But what’s not definite is that bleeding is a sign something’s wrong. In fact, one in five pregnant women will experience some spotting during her first trimester. After that, spotting is less likely to occur — but even if it does, it’s still not necessarily a bad sign.

How can you tell the difference between spotting and bleeding?

If what you see is brown or pink, similar to what you see at the end of your period, that’s spotting. If it’s bright red, consider it bleeding. The amount of blood you see is another red flag: Spotting doesn’t soak a sanitary pad; bleeding may.