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Light brown spotting at 6 weeks

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i am 6 wks pregnant and i am having very light brown spotting. is so light that i dont need a pad, just when i wipe. should i be concerned? i have 4 children and i have never spotted with them. i had an ectopic 1.5 yrs ago...should i be concerned about this now? I had a hysterolsalpingiogram in march which showed my only remaining tube to be completely clear. im confused and concerned.

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replied May 7th, 2010
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Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Light brown spotting in early pregnancy is a normal finding. It can also be due to inflammation of cervix or vagina which can come with multiple pregnancies and age. Try and take things easy. Avoid strenuous activities. Since your tube is clear that is why you have become pregnant. Now the work of tubes is over. The uterus has to ‘house’ the baby till term.

Yes, chances of ectopics after a hysterosalpingogram increase. If you do not have cramps and abdominal pain and bleeding then chances are less. Your gynecologist will run an ultrasound at 8-9 weeks usually. However since this is the first time you had spotting, you should discuss these possibilities with your gynecologist at an earlier date. Hope this helps. Take care!

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