Brown Spotting

Cynthia Flynn's picture
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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am about 13 weeks pregnant (with my second child) and did not know it until about the 9th week.

I have had an ultrasound and asked my midwife on my last visit about spotting. I have had some brown colored spotting on a couple of occasions. Nothing major, just some on the toilet tissue. I had absolutely no spotting during my last pregnancy and I haven't had any pain or discomfort.

Since the ultrasound appeared normal, my midwife didn't seem concerned.

I have read on this site that the spotting could be a sign of miscarriage during the first trimester, but is this still true now that I am entering the 2nd trimester?

ANSWER

It is much more likely that you have broken tiny capillaries on the cervix, possibly during intercourse, but it can happen with just normal everyday life also. There is a little bleed, and then the blood dries and turns brown. Eventually, it works its way out of the vagina. As long as the ultrasound is normal and you don't see bright red bleeding, I agree with the midwife that this is nothing to worry about.

-- Cynthia, CNM