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Brown Discharge in Early Pregnancy

Brown discharge in early pregnancy is not uncommon; however, it raises a lot of concerns for the mother-to-be. Here, we provide information regarding the same.
Bhakti Satalkar
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2018
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Small change in her body makes a mother-to-be worry about the state of her pregnancy and the health of her baby.
One such condition that a number of women are worried about is brown discharge during early pregnancy. There are cases where women experience this not only during early pregnancy, but through the entire term as well.
How many weeks has it been since you have had your menstrual cycle? If it has been approximately 5 weeks, then you are unnecessarily worrying as it is just a sign of implantation bleeding. When the egg attaches itself to the wall of the uterus, implantation bleeding takes place. This bleeding is often brown in color.
Along with the brown discharge, what are the other symptoms you are experiencing? If you are experiencing heavy bleeding along with cramping, then it can be an indicator of a miscarriage. However, if you do not have these symptoms, then you can breathe a sigh of relief.
Sometimes, brown discharge can be related to the growth and stretching of the uterus and the surrounding tissues. This happens because the uterus is growing in shape and size to accommodate the growing size of the embryo.
This bleeding more often than not, is slow and is not a part of the active blood flow. Hence, by the time this blood exits the body, it has changed to brown color.
Brown discharge during early pregnancy can also be caused due to old blood. This blood was previously used by the body to protect the fetus. When the blood is no more required, the body throws it out in the form of a brown discharge.
If the discharge is accompanied by burning, itching, and pain in the vaginal area, it is a sign of viral infection. To be more precise, it is the verruca virus, which will have to be treated at the earliest.
Another cause can be ectopic pregnancy. This is a dangerous condition, which can pose a threat to the health of the mother. This happens when the fertilized egg implants itself in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. If the condition is not checked in time, it can lead to bursting of the fallopian tube.
Did you have sexual intercourse in the last couple of days? If the answer to this question is yes, then you have found the cause of your problem. Brown discharge during early pregnancy after sexual intercourse happens due to penile irritation to the cervix, so you need not worry any more.
Did you visit your doctor in the last 24 hours? Was there any vaginal examination conducted? In such a case, like intercourse, the examination can also trigger a brown discharge as the cervix has become extra sensitive.
You will have to consult your doctor to know the exact cause of the problem for proper treatment. Although it may not be a serious condition, you may not want to neglect the condition.
If it is a case of emergency, it can only be treated on time if a professional opinion is taken. Your doctor may ask you about other conditions accompanying the discharge like itching, burning, etc. So keep yourself well prepared to answer these questions.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.