- Bleeding caused due to implantation:Some women would experience normal spotting within the first six to 12 days after the fertilized egg implants itself in the lining of the uterus. The bleeding is very light and lasts from a few hours to a few days, and is often mistaken as light period.
- Hormonal changes:Hormones that control a woman’s menstrual cycle can trigger spotting too. This can happen more than once in a given period of time.
Fibroids or growths in the lining of your uterus can result in spotting when the placenta embeds itself where there is a fibroid.
- IVF pregnancy:Instance of spotting are more in case when mothers employ fertility treatments like IVF. If two embryos are put into the uterus, one may stop developing (a vanishing twin). This may trigger spotting.
- Irritation to the cervix, or any kind of cervical or vaginal infection, or any other inherited disorder like the Von Willebrand Disease, which makes blood clotting difficult, can also lead to spotting.
Apart from these, some serious causes of spotting would include ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. Both would also bring about pelvic pain and cramps as associated symptoms. Molar pregnancy, a rare situation where the embryo doesn’t develop properly but some of the cells that form the placenta continue to grow and multiply, could also lead to spotting.
In most cases, light bleeding or spotting is a harmless and common occurrence and nothing to worry about. Spotting or light bleeding often stops on its own.
If the bleeding signals a miscarriage, abdominal cramps would also develop and the bleeding would get heavier with time.
Seeking medical help during that time is of utmost importance in such cases.