Is Spotting During Pregnancy Normal? What You Need to Know in 2024?

Learn about the common causes of spotting during pregnancy, when to see a doctor, and tips for staying healthy. Find peace of mind and a healthy pregnancy.


Dr Uma Mishra, M.D., Obs & Gyne

1/15/20222 min read

Expecting mothers are stressed out when they notice spotting. In this article, Gynecologist, Dr Uma discusses, what is spotting and how serious it is. Whether it is a definitive indication of miscarriage?

Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy has many causes and they vary trimester-wise. By reading this article you can better understand the issue and decide how to act in such a case. Gynecologist, Dr. Uma Mishra explains the possible causes of vaginal bleeding during each trimester:

1st Trimester:
So, in the early days, if you're spotting or bleeding down there, it could be a few things:
  • Ectopic Pregnancy: That's when the little fertilized egg decides to set up camp somewhere outside the womb, like in a fallopian tube.
  • Implantation Bleeding: Around 10 to 14 days after conception, when the egg snuggles into the uterine lining, you might have some light spotting.
  • Miscarriage: This is the tough one – when pregnancy ends on its own before 20 weeks.
  • Molar Pregnancy: It's super rare, but sometimes instead of a baby, abnormal tissue grows from a wonky fertilized egg.
  • Cervix Issues: Infections, inflammation, or even some growths on the cervix could cause bleeding.

2nd or 3rd Trimester:
Later on, if you're still seeing red, it could be a sign of something serious:
  • Incompetent Cervix:, if your cervix starts opening up too soon, it could lead to a premature birth.
  • Miscarriage or Intrauterine Fetal Death: Sadly, losing the pregnancy before the 20th week or the baby passing away in the uterus.
  • Placental Abruption: When the placenta – the lifeline for your baby – peels away from the uterine wall.
  • Placenta Previa: Here, the placenta decides to camp out over the cervix, causing some scary bleeding during pregnancy.
  • Preterm Labor: Sometimes, if you're getting contractions along with some light bleeding, it could signal that labor's coming early.
  • More Cervix Troubles: Yep, infections, inflammation, or growths on the cervix can still be a culprit.
  • Uterine Rupture: This one's really rare but serious – it's when the uterus tears open along the scar line from a past C-section.

That's the rundown on why you might be seeing blood down there at different stages of pregnancy! Always best to get checked out if you're unsure or worried.
Through pictures in the gallery below you can get information about this frequently faced Gynecological issue by expecting mothers. Comment your own experiences also. In case any advice is required, feel free to contact me. Dr Uma Mishra, M.D., Noida.

Are you getting Abnormal bleeding in late pregnancy? It is more serious as it may be a health concern either with you or your baby.
Call your gynecologist on priority if you experience any bleeding in your second or third trimester. Your Gynecologist may check cervical polyps, and make sure your cervix is closed. Based on case to case basis, the following is advised by me to women in Noida:
  • Bed Rest
  • Rest more, work less
  • Keep hydrated
  • Physical activity to be reduced
  • Poses like Elevating your feet
  • No Heavy Weight Lifting

Dr Uma Mishra is one of the best gynecologists in Noida with 18+ years of experience in pregnancy care. Book consult- 8130550269. Visit for more articles.


  • Spotting or Light Bleeding from the vagina during pregnancy is common

  • If pregnant woman bleed or spot during pregnancy, in some cases there may be signs of a problem

  • In case of heavy bleeding, call or consult your Gynecologist

  • Discuss spotting in detail with your Gynecologist