Statistics show that as much as 25-30% pregnant women experience pink discharge during pregnancy. While this isn’t a reason of concern in most of the time, it might sometimes indicate a very serious underlying condition, such as ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. Knowing when spotting is normal and when not is critical to knowing when you should seek medical attention. Alternatively, regular checkups can help ensure that there’s nothing wrong down there and that both you and your baby are healthy.
The material below covers the must-knows about pink vaginal discharge during pregnancy.
Pink Discharge Early Pregnancy, a Common Occurrence
Pink vaginal discharge in early pregnancy is absolutely normal and doesn’t mean that there is something wrong down there. It happens as a result of the fertilized egg attaching to the endometrium (the inner wall of the uterus). While pregnant, increased hormonal activity results in blood vessels to dilate, so they may crack and bleed when the egg attaches to the endometrium. As a result, you will experience light bleeding that can last for a couple of minutes, a few hours or even one or two days. You can expect the spotting to occur 12 days to one week post fertilization, which is typically close the date when your period should come. Of course, there will be no period, and once implantation spotting stops, you should experience no more bleeding.
Implantation spotting is usually bright red, similar to when you cut your finger. If bleeding is minimal, you may only see pinkish streaks in your normal vaginal mucus, or pinkish stains on your underwear or toilet paper.
Breakthrough Bleeding: Still Normal?
Breakthrough bleeding is bleeding that occurs at the times when your period would have been due. Normally, this would be at 4, 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy. When you have breakthrough bleeding, you will also experience a number of other symptoms, such as cramps, backache, feeling bloated and “off,” a heavy sensation in your pelvic, as well as pink mucus discharge during pregnancy.
Since you are pregnant, there is no period, although symptoms are very similar. The breakthrough bleeding is usually due to hormone levels not being high enough to prevent period yet, and you may have it during the first three months during early pregnancy. At this point, the placenta begins to take over hormone production from your ovaries. However, many women experience breakthrough bleeding during late pregnancy and still give birth to healthy babies.