Brown discharge and spotting are very common to happen during pregnancy. The chances of brown discharge and spotting are 33% during the first trimester i.e. first 12 weeks of the pregnancy. There are many reasons which can cause brown discharge and spotting, some of them are mentioned below:
- The most common cause behind this is implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding is the condition when the embryo or baby is trying to get embedded in the uterus and it coincides with the expected menstrual date.
- Another cause of brown discharge and spotting could be threatened abortion or a miscarriage.
- Ectopic pregnancy is also one of the causes of brown discharge and spotting.
- Cervical polyps from cervix can cause the brown discharge as well.
In the case of bleeding, brown discharge and spotting, immediate medical attention is advised. If the problem persists or occurs during the second trimester, the cause can be different from why it happened during the previous trimester. The reason could be Abruption of Placenta and in this process, the placenta removes itself from the uterus.
The other condition is placenta previa also known as a low lying placenta. The placenta can hit on the cervix and bleeding can also occur through an opening from the cervix. It can also cause cervical incompetence or abortion and show signs of pre-term labour.