One of the most frequent questions we get at UrbanMommies is about spotting in early pregnancy. This is usually nothing to be concerned about, but I certainly was! Every time I spotted I took to the internet – and when I was trying to conceive I noticed some spotting during ovulation as well. We have always worked with various doctors to answer your questions, and here is Linda Ducholke’s take on the issue.

Q – I just discovered I’m pregnant and I’m thrilled. I am about 5 weeks pregnant and this morning when I went to the bathroom I found a few tiny spots of blood. What does this mean? Am I still pregnant? Is something wrong?

A – Spotting in early pregnancy is quite a common phenomenon and often is nothing to worry about. However there is a chance that this is the beginning of a miscarriage. I would suggest a blood test (a quantitative BHCG) which can let the doctor know how pregnant you are. Once the level of 5000 is reached we can always see a heartbeat on U/S so this could be ordered next to ensure that everything is okay.

– Dr. Linda Ducholke, a mother of two, has been a successful Family Practitioner with Obstetrical privileges for the past 20 years. The main focus and passion of her practice is obstetrics and childcare.

Updated October 30, 2019