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Bleeding in pregnancy

About 20% of women have some bleeding.Find out what can cause spotting and bleeding during pregnancy, how to tell whether it's normal or a sign of a problem.

Different types of brown discharge during pregnancy

Light Brown Discharge

What causes it?
  • Implantation
  • Old period blood
  • Hormonal Changes
What does it mean?

Light brown discharge means that bleeding has now stopped. It is normal and does not require treatment.

Which stage of pregnancy?

Most common in first trimester.

When to see doctor?

Generally no treatment needed.

Pinkish Brown Discharge

What causes it?
  • Sex
  • Cervix examination
  • Yeast
What does it mean?

Pinkish brown discharge means that you have active bleeding.It can be because of senstivity of cervix.

Which stage of pregnancy?

Early pregnancy & second trimester.

When to see doctor?

Consult OB if it continues for more than 3 days

Dark Brown Discharge

What causes it?
  • Mucus plug removed.
  • STDs
  • Miscarriage
What does it mean?

Dark brown discharge along with itching is a symptom of STDs.During Late pregnancy it can be onset of labor.

Which stage of pregnancy?

Late Pregnancy & at times of health complications.

When to see doctor?

Late Pregnancy & at times of health complications.Must seek medical attention immediately.

Brown Discharge

Is it normal or a sign of pregnancy?

What is brown discharge ?

Brown discharge is the spotting or gooey fluid that comes from vagina due to various reasons. It can be normal as in during pregnancy or sign of infection. Odor along with brown discharge a warning sign.

Brown discharge causes ?

PinkishBrown discharge can be because of old period, blood or implantation bleeding. Other causes include UTI, fibroids and spotting during pregnancy.Perimenopause and cervical inflammation also cause BD.

Brown discharge symptoms ?

Brown discharge happens during implantation and so there is cramping and back ache. Other signs include nausea and headache.There may be itching and pain while urinating.

Brown Discharge Remedies

Washing vagina with pH neutral soap can alleviate brown discharge symptoms. Don't douch vagina. Avoid using scented products.Wash linen using warm water. Change tampons often. Have a balanced diet.


What is Spotting ?

Spotting is light from the vagina. The bleeding may just be a few spots (hence the name), or it may be a very light flow. Spotting occurs in between periods. While similar to your period, spotting is much lighter and is often short-lived. In most cases, the bleeding stops in just a few hours or days.

2 Types of Spotting
Brown Discharge Before Period:

Seeing brown discharge, or spotting, before your period can be concerning. You may be used to seeing brown-colored-blood at the end of your period not before it.Light brown discharge before period may be result of ovulation, Birth control, or menopause.

Pink Discharge

Pink spotting, or discharge, typically means that the blood is fresh. Many women see this type of discharge just before they start their period, but it is also common to see pink spotting in between cycle.

9 Causes for Spotting Before Period

  • You Just Started Your Period
  • Birth Control
  • Pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Ovulation
  • Injury
  • Infection

When to See a Doctor?

If you experience any of the following, consult with your doctor:

  • Spotting that continues for three or more menstrual cycles
  • Heavy bleeding that lasts more than three days
  • Heavy bleeding after sex
  • Bleeding that occurs every three weeks or more frequently
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Any abnormal bleeding

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