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Upper Back Pain After C-Section: Do You Have It?

Three C-sections in a row. I have undergone all of them, and each time, I always have this pain in my back. Is this upper back pain after C Section torments you too?

This was my third surgery, and my back pains now are killing me. I guess this time it staying longer than before. How about yours?

Let us find out why these back pains occur and how long does it usually last. Sometimes, it gives assurance when we are aware of what is going on in our body after a major operation. Knowledge sets us free from assumptions, fear, and confusion.

What are the causes of upper back pains after C-Section?

Here are the common causes of a backache after a surgery. See if it rings a bell to you.

Spinal Anesthesia

I do not know about you, but for me, the epidural anesthesia was painful when injected. The OB said I could scream if I like. I did, and it was loud. I suffered upper back pains after C-section every time. My back throbs and gradually ebbs away after a few months.

Scar Tissue

The scar tissue (usually above the pubic bone) after the operation creates pain at the back when stretched or pulled.

Accumulation of Upper Layer of Skin

The upper layer of the skin accumulates near the spine during the operation, resulting in upper back pain after surgery. It is all because of the unstable balance of the abdominal to back muscles. The condition over stretches the pelvic muscles and unsettles the delicate spinal bones.

Body Posture

After bearing a heavyweight during pregnancy, our back suffered in coping with it. Adapting to breastfeeding would affect the posture too, and may cause back problems as well.

My OB warned that I might have achy back after the operation because I still had a few hours of labor before C-section was decided. During labor, muscles that I do not use often comes to the rescue. They aid in delivering the baby out of the womb. It is like an aftershock, feeling the muscle ache afterward.

After giving birth, the causes of upper back pain after C-section does not end just there. I expected to suffer a little bit more because of my duty as a new mom. I am still mastering the art of breastfeeding, trying to make sure my newborn latches the right way. Doing so, stress my neck and back.

In fact, the whole routine of taking care of my baby all the time takes toll from my body as well.

How long do these back pains are going to last?

Everyone has a different pace of recovery. This upper back pain after C-section usually lasts a few months. Yours may be longer or shorter, but for me, it disappeared right after 6 months.

I guess it was because my usual strength came back after an effective diet. I have also mastered a comfortable way of breastfeeding my baby. I managed to go back in shape in a few months.

Unfortunately, some made it later than mine. If you suffer from these back pains before giving birth, especially during early pregnancy, it is evident that it will continue after giving birth. Take note that maintaining a healthy weight can ease this problem.

Are there remedies for this backache?

There are ways of finding relief if the upper back pain after C-section attacks. I have some ideas that you can do at home. It will not get in the way of your daily routine nor demand time and money. All you have to do is to stay committed and give some extra effort.

Gradual Exercise

You may not like the idea of an exercise while your back is a torment. Believe me; this is what you need. Go for an easy activity like early morning hikes. Do it slowly for the first few days, and then increase in speed as you feel you are ready.

When you are confident to a bit more, consult your OB and ask for a recommendation. I did some stretching, back, and abdominal exercises every day. However, you do it when you are strong enough and remember to know your limits.

Be conscious of your posture

Practice good posture at all times especially during breastfeeding. Let others help you with lifting heavy objects.

Pamper Yourself

Wow, the upper back pain after C-section, soreness, fatigue and the tension of being a mom take away all the energy and the smile along with it. Therefore, I pamper myself to relieve from all the negative vibrations. If you like, you can do these:

  • Give yourself an early night, bathe, and soak in a warm tub.
  • checkApply heat or cold pads to aching areas.
  • checkInvest in a high-quality mattress.

View this video to give you an idea of how to exercise as a remedy for your upper back pain after C-section.

Conclusion

Upper Back pain after C-section could be natural after giving birth, but you can certainly control its severity and frequency when it happens. Learning what you need to do after reading this article can help you. Be mindful of your posture and rewarding yourself with the needed rest can lessen the pain.

Doing some exercise and a healthy diet can hasten your recovery. However, it would be best to seek medical help to assure your safety.

I hope I helped you in easing those discomforts. Share the information with others and feel free to ask some questions. Sharing experiences is nice.

How To Avoid Getting Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your body undergoes a lot of changes. One unpleasant change that you may notice is that your feet and ankles begin to swell. The severity of the swelling can range from mild to quite extreme, depending on the time of the day and what the weather is like outside. Swelling is generally worse later in the day and during periods of hot weather.

Foot Swelling As It Relates To The Pregnancy Timeline

Most women who are pregnant start to notice their feet swelling when they are anywhere from about 22 weeks to 27 weeks along in their pregnancy. This swelling tends to continue all the way through until the end of the pregnancy according to Orthotic Shop.

Understanding Why Pregnancy Causes The Feet And Ankles To Swell

Edema, which is the medical term for this type of swelling, occurs when your body retains extra fluid in its tissues. Pregnancy causes an increase in blood flow through your body. The changes in your uterus also can wind up putting pressure on the veins in your pelvic region as well as on the large vein known as the vena cava. This vein helps blood circulate from your lower body back up to your heart. The combination of increased blood flow and pressure on the veins often results in swelling in the lower body. You may also notice swelling in your hands, making your rings too tight or uncomfortable.

When Should You Be Concerned About Foot Swelling?

Swelling that is relatively mild usually is not a cause for concern. Instead, it is a common symptom of pregnancy. Some women don’t experience any swelling at all. There are situations, however, where you should be concerned about swelling in your limbs or face. If you notice your face, hands, or other parts of your body becoming exceptionally puffy or if the swelling doesn’t seem to go away when you sleep, you should get a hold of your doctor. Conditions like preeclampsia can cause swelling in the body. Usually, these conditions also have additional symptoms, ranging from causing you to gain weight to increasing your blood pressure. If you have been seeing your doctor regularly and your blood pressure and urine check out okay, you probably are not experiencing preeclampsia. If you experience excessive swelling that doesn’t go away, however, it is still worth contacting your doctor to get checked.

Steps You Can Take To Minimize Pregnancy-Related Foot Swelling

  • Don’t stand or sit for long stretches of time. Instead, regularly alter your position, sitting down periodically if you spend most of your time standing or getting up and walking around occasionally if you spend most of your time sitting.
  • checkTry elevating your feet. This can help keep fluids from accumulating in your lower body.
  • checkChange your sleeping position. Laying on your left side when you sleep may help improve your kidney function, making it easier for your body to eliminate excess fluids. This, in turn, can minimize swelling.
  • checkStart exercising. With your doctor’s approval, begin doing some exercises that are safe during pregnancy. For instance, going for a walk or taking a swim is a great way to get your blood moving. This, in turn, can minimize swelling in your body.
  • checkDon’t wear socks or stockings that are too tight. Ideally, you want to promote better blood flow through your lower body by skipping out on any pieces of clothing that are too restrictive.
  • checkChoose shoes that won’t pinch or bind your feet. Even though they may not be stylish, you should look for supportive shoes. Alternatively, you can also add orthotic insoles to some of your current shoes to get extra support. When you are relaxing at home, avoid shoes altogether, opting for comfortable slippers instead.
  • checkConsider wearing support hose. Pantyhose that have built-in support can help minimize swelling by providing light compression. The key to success when using them is to put them on early in the day before any major swelling kicks in.
  • checkStay hydrated. Although it may seem like drinking extra fluids would make you swell even more, it actually has the opposite effect. Staying adequately hydrated helps your body maintain the proper balance of electrolytes and makes it easier for it to eliminate waste. This, in turn, can result in less swelling.
  • checkTry to cut back on salt. If you eat too much salt, it could make swelling worse. Don’t go overboard, however, since too little salt can also cause problems with swelling. Use a moderate amount so that your body can maintain the right balance.

Your Shoes May Not Only Be Getting Tighter Because Of Swelling

While swelling during pregnancy is definitely one cause of your shoes getting tighter, there may be another cause, as well. During pregnancy, your body releases a hormone known as relaxin. This hormone helps loosen up the ligaments in your body. As a result, the bones are able to spread further apart. This can cause the bones of your feet to spread apart from one another, making your feet bigger. Although your feet will usually return to their normal size after pregnancy, there are some cases where they don’t. You may find that your shoe size goes up as much is one size as a result of being pregnant, meaning that you may have to buy new shoes to keep your feet comfortable after you have your child.

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It’s BFP! 10 DPO Symptoms I need to share with you!

I am glad that I finally got my BFP. I was hoping for it but did not anticipate just much. It took me awhile the first time. However, I got it for 10 DPO, and it was a shocking surprise!

By the way, just in case it’s not yet clear to you, DPO means “Days Past Ovulation “and BFP is “Big Fat Positive”. The first time I encountered these abbreviations, I was a bit puzzled before I did research. After joining some mom groups, I was acquainted with all the terms.

I noted down all my symptoms so I can share it with you. I know how much it helps to see that you are not the only one on this journey.

10 DPO Symptoms 

It felt crazy. Symptoms for this cycle were diverse from my previous pregnancy. This means mine could be very different from yours. Some say they rarely felt anything; others confirm that it turned them upside-down. Anyway, check these out!

Tiredness 

On my first day, nothing was going on except I was a bit tired even though I had a goodnight sleep. My friends say that they feel exhaustion later part of the cycle too.

Cramps

These cramps felt exactly like when my period is about to come. Like others, this feeling comes with disappointment and frustration because it gives thoughts of uncertainty.

Gas Pains and Bloating

I remember to have gas pains along with a feeling of bloating during 3 DPO. It was weird to feel a sudden heavy and full feeling. I pass gas frequent during the day and burp other times. I felt like I want to burst.

Back Pains

The pain radiates from the spine to the bottom in between the hips. A little bit of stretching before sitting down to rest helps me all the time. It usually happens when I am up doing some chores. If you feel the same, I suggest pausing and relaxing occasionally.

Full and heavy feeling, Tender Breast 

I noticed these symptoms starting 6 DPO. It gave me high hopes! My breasts do hurt but bearable except that the sides became so tender. I did not expect much, but the full heavy feeling of my breasts was similar to when I was pregnant with my first child.

Sensitive Nipples

My nipples got so sensitive that I did not opt to put on a bra for a couple of days. Even the touch of the shirt gave an aching tingle. Later on, the soreness came and bothered me more.

Increased Cervical Mucus

7 DPO, I noted that my CM is somewhat smooth and wet during the day and at night it becomes elastic clear white. I give importance to my Cervical Mucus since I know it is an early pregnancy indicator.

Morning Sickness/Nausea

I felt the urge to vomit on 2 DPO, but I ignored the overwhelming thought of being pregnant. It happened a few minutes in the morning and did not occur again until on 8 DPO. I was ecstatic. Was it too soon?

Hunger

My hunger is not normal. I cannot sleep at night because I was hungry. Midnight snacks and more snacks all throughout the day after that. My hunger made me tremble I had to scram for some crackers. 

Symptoms may come and go

9 DPO, the day was typical. I had a terrible constipation though. If felt sad, the symptoms just disappeared and the following day my AF (menstrual period) was due. I thought it was hopeless.

BFP 10 DPO, I took a pregnancy test!

Was I pregnant? Or was I not? I took a pregnancy test because my curiosity was killing me. I bought the first pregnancy test pack I laid my hands on and BOOM! Yeah, it was a BFP!

Tests taken during 10 DPO are less likely accurate, but with the symptoms I had, I believed I was pregnant. The reason for this is because the implantation just happened and my body is just starting to make some changes in reaction to it. The best timing for a pregnancy test is after the expected date of the period.

However, even though I already missed my period, I still took a test the second time around to put my thoughts at rest. Seriously, I had a very big smile that day. I am having a baby!

Conclusion

If you are reading this, it’s either you are interested in getting pregnant or like me, is monitoring your cycle and wishing you will be. The symptoms above were my experience. However, upon asking other moms, a lot more came up.

We all have unique stories when it comes to pregnancy. We have different diet, activities and physical conditions after all. Out of all, the most common symptoms are as follows:

  • Fatigue
  • checkMild Cramps
  • checkFeeling of nausea

Do you have a BFP 10 DPO story? I love to hear from you every detail of it. What have you gone through and how did it go? Drop a comment and let’s add yours on the list!

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What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like and How Do You Prevent It?

In the months leading to your pregnancy, you might have had the foresight to ask questions such as ‘what does morning sickness feel like?’ Many of these concerns are very quickly followed by what might just be the happiest moments of any parent’s life. Bringing life into this world is by far one of the most glorious acts of love.

However, for about 80% of mothers-to-be, this joyous occasion is quickly followed by a few months that can be rather tough. This is especially true when they suddenly find themselves nauseated by the sight or even smell of certain types of food. Also known as NVP (Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy), morning sickness happens to be one of the most common conditions affecting mothers-to-be the world over. Here is what you need to know about morning sickness and how you can survive it.

What is it and what does morning sickness feel like?

What is it and what does morning sickness feel like

Because it is called ‘morning sickness’, many moms-to-be often erroneously assume that it strikes exclusively in the morning. The truth of the matter is that it can begin at any given time of day. Morning sickness basically refers to the nauseous feeling that many women get during their first trimester of pregnancy. Sometimes, this feeling might lead to vomiting and is often more intense during the morning. That is probably why it is commonly refereed to as ‘morning sickness’.

It is believed that morning sickness occurs due to the increase in hormonal levels during pregnancy. In a majority of the cases, this sickness does not present any kind of danger to the mother or the baby. There is, however, a small percentage of women (about 1%) who are affected by the most extreme type of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). This type of morning sickness could lead to:

  • Extreme electrolyte imbalance within the mother’s body
  • Dehydration
  • Hospitalization

In this case, it is often best to stay on top of the situation with the guidance of your OBGYN.

When does morning sickness start?

In a majority of the cases, morning sickness tends to start around week 6 of pregnancy. It also tends to end around week 12 – 16. There are, however, some cases of morning sickness that persist throughout the pregnancy right up to when the baby is born.

Can you prevent morning sickness?

Because it is believed to be caused by an increase in hormones during pregnancy, it is not likely that you can prevent morning sickness. That, however, does not mean that there aren’t certain things you can do to prevent the symptoms from getting worse. There are several measures that you can take to survive this kind of nausea. The most common preventive measure is to ensure that you are taking plenty of fluids and eating well because your nausea will get worse the longer your stomach stays empty.

1. Eat small portions of food

You are advised to eat small portions of your favorite food as well as to drink about two liters of liquid every single day. The smaller portions are meant to prevent the feeling of nausea from getting worse as it tends to happen when you feel fuller.

You can eat just a small portion of your favorite food and then follow it up by some liquids about 20 minutes later. This should ease your nausea considerably and even keep it at bay.

2. Have a lot of healthy snacks nearby

In many cases, you will find that making the food yourself will make your symptoms worse. The thing about this kind of nausea is that anything can set it off:

  • Different types of smell
  • The sight of food
  • Sometimes even touching the food.

If you decide to make yourself a sandwich, you might not like the sight of ham or whatever filling you intend to use and that will bring on the sickness. In some cases, you are advised to simply go out and buy the sandwich that you are craving. But since the longer you stay without food, the worse your nausea may get, you might not have the time to get to the sandwich store before you buff.

That is why you are advised to keep a healthy serving of snacks nearby. Things like dried fruits, trail mix and granola might just be better options when compared to eating full meals.

3. You could try liquid supplements

In some cases, simply eating any kind of solid food might bring about the onset of nausea. In these kinds of cases, you can try liquid supplements. This will help give you an energy boost as well as infuse some nutrients into your body.

Tips on how to soothe your morning sickness symptoms

There are many different types of remedies that various pregnant women have used to soothe the symptoms of their nausea. But just because one thing works for your neighbor does not mean that it will work for you as well. That being said, here are some options to consider when looking for ways to soothe your nausea.

  • Use mouthwash to dry up the extra saliva in your mouth
  • Eat cold foods and fluids
  • Sniff a bit of citrus. This type of odor tends to soothe nausea
  • Take ginger tea to calm your tummy
  • Try taking iron-free multivitamins
  • Take OBGYN recommended antacids
  • Try eating bland foods such as rice cakes or dry cereal
  • Ask your OBGYN about the supplements that may work
  • Use acupressure wristbands, because they relieve sea-sickness, they might just work for this type of nausea.

These methods may all be trial and error methods until you find one that specifically works for you.

So, what does morning sickness feel like? It is that nauseating feeling you get in your first trimester of pregnancy. It can be brought about by smells or even taste of food and the ways listed above can help you prevent the symptoms from getting worse.

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Getting to the Bottom of Pooping a Lot during Pregnancy

Should I be pooping a lot during pregnancy? Will I go from one extreme to the other in relation to bowel movements? How do I deal with this?

During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Your digestive and excretory systems are no different. So to address this question, we will look at these changes and how they affect your bowel movements. Also, we’ll look at what you can do to address these issues.

This information would help in maintaining a healthy and (dare I say?) comfortable pregnancy.

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Anticipating Bowel Changes

During pregnancy, the rise in progesterone levels causes your kidneys to filter blood more quickly and efficiently. In other words, they start working in overtime. On the other hand, this hormone change also causes your intestines to digest and pass food more slowly.

This, on top of the uterus resting more on the colon, gets in the way of the bowels passing waste. This can cause changes in the frequency of bowel movements. Sometimes this results in constipation or diarrhea.

Thus, you should anticipate these changes and prepare accordingly by making adjustments to your diet. Increasing your intake of water helps this matter as well.

What to do when not pooping a lot during pregnancy

The most important thing to remember when you’re not pooping a lot during pregnancy is to refrain from taking stool softeners or laxatives. You would need to consult with your doctor first before taking any medication. Another detail to keep in mind is that if your prenatal vitamin contains iron, then that might affect your bowel movements.

The first step toward prevention of constipation is to adjust your diet accordingly by including more sources of fiber, such as:

  • Leafy, green vegetables
  • Fruits and berries
  • Whole grain breads and cereals

And of course, drinking water regularly helps. Constipation is actually avoidable during pregnancy.

The Opposite Issue: More Often than Usual

If you are experiencing the opposite situation, then you would need to know the difference between pooping a lot during pregnancy and diarrhea.

As mentioned, the number of bowel movements per day might increase due to hormonal changes. However there are other factors that play a role like the following:

  • Change in diet to include more vegetables and fruits
  • Increase water intake
  • Preexisting digestive conditions like Celiac, IBS, and Crohn’s disease

Nonetheless, if you experience diarrhea, then you might need to consult your doctor if it lasts more than a day or two. This can be a sign of a virus or another type of infection like food poisoning. Also, staying hydrated is imperative for both you and your baby.

What does green poop pregnant mean?

Along with other bowel changes, you’ll notice green poop pregnant. This is quite common. If you take a prenatal supplement with iron, you will poop green. Likewise, if you eat more foods like broccoli, spinach, and Brussel sprouts, then the fecal color will change.

Also, if you get sick and have to take an antibiotic, a side effect might be green poop. This only lasts until medication is completely gone from your system.

Again, chronic digestive conditions like ulcerative colitis, celiac, and IBS will result in green feces due to a flare-up. At this point, you might need to consult your obstetrician or GI doctor to look at options for treatment that are safe for the baby.

[ Read : How to Maintain Your Health during Pregnancy ]

Will This Harm the Baby?

In the case of constipation, if you take a laxative that is not suitable for use during pregnancy, the answer might be “yes.” Such can be the situation with any medication. So you should talk to your doctor before taking anything.

If the situation involves short-term illness, like a virus or infection, you would also need to take extra caution. A chronic condition would also require close monitoring by a physician.

Basically, if you are following doctor’s orders and incorporating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water, then both you and your baby will reap the benefits. Thus, it’s a win-win situation for the both of you.

[ Read : Foods to avoid during pregnancy – Comprehensive Guide ]

Conclusion

An important take-away is to maintain a balanced diet throughout your pregnancy to avoid any bowel issues. They can be prevented.

Moreover, if you are taking your prenatal vitamins and incorporating more vegetables than before, then expect changes in color. However, these changes are a normal reaction.

With careful regard to pre-pregnancy digestive issues, a doctor will closely monitor. This is most effective if you communicate openly about any symptoms or changes.

So remember the following to avoid bowel issues:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Choose healthy foods
  • Exercise regularly but cautiously
  • Call the doctor at the first sign of trouble, like a stomach virus or infection

Do you have a story to share or some questions on this topic? We would love to hear from you.

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What You Need to Know About Pink Discharge While Pregnant

Carrying a child is one of the best experiences in a woman’s life. But it can come with a whirlwind of symptoms as well! During pregnancy, you might be noticing a lot of symptoms. From nausea to weird food cravings, you think that you’ve already seen it all! But there may be a time that you experience a pink discharge while pregnant.

And because miscarriages are often associated with blood or discomfort around your lower body, it may be a cause for alarm. Sure, you can go to a doctor, but to avoid spending too much time (and money!), I’ll be talking about what a pink discharge means, may it be around your period or during pregnancy.

What is a Pink Discharge?

You may have probably already heard of discharge before, the slightly thick mucus coming from your vaginal. Usually, this discharge would come out in white or clear form. But if it arrives in a pinkish color, it might seem a bit unusual at first.

Here’s a video explaining what pink discharge is:

These pink discharges are in the form of spotting and not bleeding. They may come anytime during the week your period arrives or while pregnant. It may also happen after your period, making it a bit worrying.

But not to worry about the pinkish discharge, as it isn’t bleeding but similar to the white mucus you’re used to seeing.

Is a Pink Discharge While Pregnant Safe?

During pregnancy, you’ll be experiencing different types of discharge. Some may be white or clear, others are pink or brownish. So is it a cause for alarm?

It depends. But in most cases, there’s no need to worry as it’s PERFECTLY NORMAL.

It usually happens during the early stages of pregnancy, and many women associate it with miscarriage, which starts with internal bleeding.

But pink discharge is far from a sign of miscarriage. While there’s no exact reason why it happens, medical professionals say that it’s from the hormonal imbalances in the body. When estrogen increases, there will be a bit of blood flowing into the vaginal area, creating the pinkish discharge. The pink discharge can also come from old cells around the walls of your vaginal.

Sometimes, the color may vary, either come in brown or red. But pink is one of the most common colors.

Why Do You Get a Pink Discharge During Pregnancy?

There are various reasons as to why you get a pink discharge, with hormonal imbalances being the first culprit.

  • Implantation Bleeding : But besides that, another reason would be implantation bleeding, which happens when a fertilized egg is attached to your uterine lining. There will be slight bleeding for a few days, which may be mistaken for a period.
  • Cervical Polyp : A cervical polyp is another reason. This is a growth found in your cervix, which may bleed more while you’re pregnant due to the imbalanced hormone levels. But don’t worry about the polyp, as it’s completely harmless. If you have a pink discharge while pregnant, then it’s usually caused by estrogen levels that increase your blood vessels and trigger slight spotting.
  • Danger! : BUT, there are cases where the discharge will end up turning into heavy bleeding, which results in a miscarriage! If you feel any change in your discharge or discomfort throughout your pregnancy, then it’s time to contact a doctor to have an ultrasound and see if there may be a problem with your womb or baby.

Is Pink Discharge After Period a Pregnancy Symptom?

Pink discharge is normal during pregnancy, but how about before or after your period?

  • Before Period
  • After Period

If you have pink discharge before period, it might be an early pregnancy symptom. Again, it’s a sign of implantation bleeding. BUT, it may also be just a form of light spotting before their periods begin. Either way, it’s normal.

If you have pink discharge after period, it may be due to ovulation, when the ovary releases an egg, which ruptures the cyst (as it holds the egg). It will cause a bit of bleeding from the cyst, which ends up as a pink discharge or spotting.

Your birth control pills or other things that trigger a change in your hormones may also be a reason for discharge.

But while it may seem normal to have pink discharge after a period, you will want to check yourself out if you experience abnormal discharge for a few days. It may mean an infection or disease, sometimes cancer or sexually transmitted ones.

How to Relieve Yourself of the Pink Discharge

Now that you know what pink discharge is and the causes of it during pregnancy or periods, what can you do to ease yourself from the discomfort? Here are some tips to follow:

  • While you can have it checked by the doctor, the best thing to do would be to wait it out if you don’t feel pain or discomfort.
  • If you expect the discharge to happen for a few days, wear a panty liner to avoid it from spotting on your underwear.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and cotton underwear for comfort.Evaluate your birth control pills and see if they are the culprit. It may also be time to change your pills or check what may be the cause of infection.

Conclusion

When it comes to carrying a child, there will be a lot of worries, especially if you experience discomfort or new pregnancy symptoms. The pink discharge should not be a cause for concern, but if something feels wrong, then it’s best to see your doctor. But if you don’t feel any pain, then it’s a standard process you don’t need to overthink on.

I hope that this article on the pink discharge while pregnant helped you become more knowledgeable on what you need to know about discharge, may it be while pregnant or around the time you have your period.

If you have any other questions or would like to share your experiences of the pink discharge before period, after it, or while pregnant, then comment down below. I would love to hear your thoughts regarding the matter.

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Are You Spotting a Week Before Period? Here Are the Reasons Why!

As a woman, you’ll be experiencing a lot of things, such as menstruation and pregnancy. While these are regular processes your body goes through, there may be times you’ll feel discomfort or worried about the various symptoms you feel. If you’re spotting a week before period, then you might wonder why it happens if you aren’t due for your monthly menstruation yet.

Does it mean you’re pregnant? A serious health condition? Or something you shouldn’t worry about? Read on as I talk about what you need to know about spotting a week before period and if you’ll need to worry about it in the long run.

What is Spotting?

You may have experienced it before – A light spotting that isn’t exactly bleeding. It might be a discharge in pink or brownish tones or a white mucus. Either way, it stains your underwear and leaves you wondering if this is pre-menstrual bleeding or something more.

Here’s a video showing you about what spotting and discharge is:

The spotting may occur regularly for some women, and it might also come while you’re pregnant. But what does it mean? While it may seem worrying and a sign of either pregnancy or miscarriage, it will depend on certain factors.

But just to confirm: Light spotting or discharge is completely normal and should not be a cause for alarm.

Why Are You Spotting a Week Before Period?

If you happen to experience a light spotting or discharge a week before your period, you might be wondering if you’re turning irregular or suffer from a medical condition.

But why does it happen, exactly?

There are three main reasons as to why you might find a bit of spotting in your underwear:

1. Implantation Bleeding

If you’re spotting, then it may be from implantation spotting, when your fertilized egg would implant itself in your uterus. This results in pregnancy!

Another reason would be delayed ovulation, which is a breakage of a sect in your ovaries that causes light spotting.

2. Change of Birth Control Pills

Whether you started, stopped, or even changed the way you take in birth control pills, then it would change your hormone levels. As a result, it would cause spotting that lasts for about three months at most.

Another reason you might have spotting would be getting an IUD, which prevents you from getting your period for a few months.

3. Stress

Stress may make your body release cortical, which might mess your menstrual cycle and cause the light spotting you see before your period.

The only time you need to worry about the spotting is if you have excessive bleeding or spotting that continues for at least three menstrual cycles. If you also feel discomfort or any form of vaginal bleeding after the spotting, then you’ll need to have it checked with a doctor.

What’s the Difference Between Spotting and Bleeding?

The only time you’ll need to worry about your spotting is if it turned to bleeding. But what’s the difference between sitting and bleeding anyway? Here are some points you can consider:

1. Amount of Blood

  • ​Spotting is when you only see a few drops of blood, while bleeding would be heavy, over a teaspoon of blood coming from your vaginal.
  • You might not even see the light spotting unless you wipe your vaginal with toilet paper. You won’t need a menstrual pad or tampon during light spotting, but a panty liner may help.

2. Color

  • While heavy bleeding is light to dark red, light spotting would be either pink or brownish in color.

3. Texture

  • Light spotting would be either thin or thick consistency, while heavy bleeding would be a pure liquid or come in clots.

Tips to Stay Hygienic During Spotting

Here are some tips you can follow to keep yourself clean if you experience spotting:

  • Wear breathable or cotton underwear to help your private parts breathe better. Loose fitting clothes help as well.
  • Use a panty liner to avoid staining your underwear and allowing bacteria to grow around your underwear and into your vaginal.
  • Track the light spotting, and if the problem persists, then you may want to consult a doctor about the continuity of the spotting.

Conclusion

If you’re suffering from spotting a week before period, then you won’t need to worry. You just need to make sure that you don’t feel any discomfort or unusual discharge. If so, then it may be time to have yourself checked with the doctor to make sure that you don’t have any pregnancy symptoms or whatnot.

I hope that this article helps you become more knowledgeable on what you need to know about spotting before your period. Now that you know what happens, you can relax and continue with your day.

If you found this article helpful or would like to add your experiences about spotting, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.