Is it normal to have spotting or bleeding after getting pregnant?

Our experts answer your pregnancy questions.

Yes, spotting is quite common. In fact, it can be one of the first signs that you are pregnant. 

Sometimes early on in pregnancy, you can have what’s called implantation spotting. It might be a few spots of vaginal blood or like you’re having a light period a week or two after conception. 

What’s happening is that your fertilized egg has become an embryo and traveled down from your Fallopian tube into your uterus. It attaches itself to the lining of your uterus, which is rich with blood vessels. That can cause some spotting, but it’s not dangerous or a sign that anything is wrong. 

It might last for a few hours or a couple of days, rather than the flow increasing like your period. It also tends to be more of a brown or light pink color rather than bright red. 

Another situation while pregnant: If you’ve had a difficult bowel movement or constipation, you might see some spotting.

Other times we’ll see women having spotting and bleeding throughout their pregnancy. As long as it’s a little bit on a panty liner or when you wipe, that’s OK. 

But if you’re ever worried, don’t hesitate to call us.  


Liz Rowland, certified nurse-midwife
Fairview Clinics – Bloomington, Oxboro
Fairview Center for Women – Edina 

To learn more: Make an appointment with a midwife or OB doctor or book a tour at The Birthplace.

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