Bleeding / spotting during the First Trimester

So you are pregnant and besides looking forward to nine months of growing a little miracle you are more than a little relieved that you wont be worrying with your monthly guest. However, lots of women are surprised when they begin bleeding in their first trimester. If they dont know they are pregnant they falsely assume its their period but if they know they are pregnant they immediately fear the worst. Fortunately, a little bleeding or spotting during the first trimester is completely normal.

For many women bleeding or spotting occurs during the first trimester as the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. This is called implantation bleeding and it is not unlike a very light period. It doesnt usually last very long, but it can certainly be worrisome especially for women who believe that pregnancy equals no blood whatsoever.

You should be worried about bleeding or spotting during the first trimester, however, if it is accompanied by a backache, heavier bleeding, or bleeding that lasts for days, or cramping. These symptoms may signal an impending miscarriage and should be discussed with your doctor immediately.

Otherwise, there is no reason to worry. Certainly, many women have implantation bleeding and immediately call their doctors fearing the worst. But, the truth of the matter is that whether it is implantation bleeding or something worse there is not much your doctor can do. A fetus your body is miscarrying cant be saved and shouldnt be saved in many cases because many times something went wrong and the fetus isnt viable. That sounds harsh, but it is the truth of nature and the body knows what to do.

Many women want their doctors to save their pregnancies at the moment something bad begins to happen. However, during the first trimester there really is nothing that can be done. Later on in a pregnancy doctors can do more for a pregnant woman if her fetus is viable and the body is having trouble staying pregnant for some reason or other. But, early on miscarriages usually occur due to some error in the embryo and the baby couldnt develop properly even if the pregnancy continued.

So, if you have light bleeding early in the first trimester it is likely implantation bleeding. If it is heavier bleeding accompanied by cramps and backache then something more may be amiss.