Spotting in Early Pregnancy – Does it Mean Miscarriage?






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Anytime a woman experiences vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, it can be a very scary thing. But, does spotting during early pregnancy always mean miscarriage? Read on to find out more.

1. When Spotting Is Okay

Usually, when a woman notices bleeding or spotting during early pregnancy, she will automatically panic and think miscarriage. However, there are certain times when bleeding or spotting during early pregnancy is not a reason to panic, and can even be considered normal.


For example, implantation bleeding occurs usually anywhere from 6-12 days after possible conception, and isn’t anything to be worried about. Some women spot for a couple of hours, and others might go on for a couple of days.


Also, some women bleed during early pregnancy after sex, due to the irritation of the cervix. If this happens to you, it is not an indication of an impending miscarriage, but you should talk with your doctor about it to find out a way to prevent further irritation.

2. When Spotting Might Or Might Not Be Okay

There are a few things in pregnancy that might cause bleeding, but are not for sure good or bad. For example, growths on the cervix or an inflamed cervix can cause bleeding or spotting, but are not always cause for concern. If you have these, it is important to check with your doctor to see if you should be worried.

growths on the cervix or an inflamed cervix can cause bleeding or spotting

Sometimes, a woman will bleed a little bit because of hormonal changes, and while it is important to see your doctor, it doesn’t always mean that a miscarriage is imminent. It is important not to panic just because you see blood. Sometimes, it is something that can easily be fixed or treated.

3. When Spotting Is Not Okay

As most women already know, spotting or bleeding during pregnancy can sometimes be a sign of possible miscarriage or preterm labor. For example, spotting or bleeding during early pregnancy can sometimes be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy.


An ectopic pregnancy is where the embryo implants somewhere other than the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies can occur very early in pregnancy, before a woman even knows that she is pregnant, and there is no way to save an ectopic pregnancy.

Also, as we all know, miscarriage is usually signaled by vaginal bleeding. Experts say that around 20 to 30 percent of women will experience some sort of spotting or bleeding during early pregnancy. Of those women, only about half of them will experience a miscarriage.


Unfortunately, there is usually no way to stop a miscarriage. They are nature’s way of dealing with an unhealthy pregnancy. However, it is important to keep in mind that not every spotting or bleeding incident that happens during pregnancy is indicative of miscarriage.

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.