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Spotting in early pregnancy, what we refer to as first trimester bleeding, is very common occurring in up to ⅓ of all pregnancies. But that doesn’t make it any less scary when it’s happening to you. ⁣ ⁣ Sometimes we never know what causes the bleeding...but it most cases it’s caused by one of the following: ⁣ ⁣ Implantation bleed⁣ Subchorionic Hemorrhage⁣ Friable Cervix⁣ Infection⁣ Threatened Miscarriage⁣ Ectopic Pregnancy ** usually associated with lower abdominal pain, tho not always and is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY**⁣ Cervical Polyp ⁣ Pregnancy Loss⁣ Cervical Dysplasia⁣ ⁣ (If you don’t know what some of those are, that’s ok! We’ll be sharing more information in the coming weeks about all of these in more details!) ⁣ ⁣ So how do we manage first trimester bleeding? ⁣ ⁣ We will arrange to see you in office so we can do an exam and look at your cervix to see if we can identify the cause of bleeding. At this time we can also do swabs if we are worried about infection, and make sure the cervix looks closed. ⁣ ⁣ If you are less than 6 weeks pregnant from your last menstrual period, we will order pregnancy hormone levels 48-72 hours apart.  We expect this number to double. ⁣ ⁣ If you are over 6 weeks pregnant we will order an ultrasound, to ensure that baby is well, growing INSIDE the uterus and see if there is an obvious reason for the bleeding. ⁣ ⁣ If you are over 10 weeks pregnant we will listen to your baby’s heartbeat! ⁣ ⁣ As always, check out our disclaimer (in highlights) as this is general medical information meant to inform and may not apply to all situations. And don’t forget to save this post for reference or tag a friend who might benefit from learning about first trimester bleeding! ⁣ ⁣ #shefoundhealth #firsttrimester #firsttrimesterbleeding #spottinginpregnancy #bleedinginpregnancy #earlypregnancysymptoms #earlypregnancy #implantationbleeding #pregnancyloss #ectopicpregnancy #ectopicpregnancyawareness #pregnancytips #pregnancyjourney #pregnancylife #maternitycare #maternitydoctors