Pregnancy can be a joyful time, but it can also bring about a fair amount of worry. Perhaps nothing is more worrisome during this time than experiencing bleeding. But should you really be concerned?
Why am I spotting or bleeding during early pregnancy?
There are a variety of reasons women may experience bleeding in early pregnancy. Most often there is no reason for alarm, as experts claim that as many as 25% of pregnant women experience some form of unharmful bleeding. Although less common, there are times when bleeding is indicative of a more serious condition.
One of the most common causes of spotting, and also among the earliest, is implantation. This is simply the fertilized egg “implanting” itself along the lining of your uterus.
Spotting that occurs after a vaginal exam or sexual intercourse is also not uncommon. This is almost always harmless and happens as a result of changes in your cervix.
Hormonal changes can bring about a variety of symptoms during pregnancy, and one of those symptoms may be light bleeding.
If you have any type of cervical or vaginal infection during the first half of your pregnancy, then you can expect spotting to accompany it.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some women to experience pregnancy spotting very early on as a result of a chemical pregnancy. A chemical pregnancy is a result of the fertilized egg not properly implanting, and, therefore, it fails to grow.
Although less common than chemical pregnancies, some women will experience a molar pregnancy. A molar pregnancy is often believed to be a result of a genetic malformation and results in an unviable growth in the uterus. Aside from bleeding, women experiencing a molar pregnancy may notice swelling in their abdomen.
When pregnancy loss occurs before 20 weeks gestation, and for unknown reasons, this is a miscarriage. Regrettably, miscarriages are fairly common. Most often bleeding is accompanied by cramps.
An ectopic pregnancy, or tubal pregnancy as it is sometimes called, happens when the fertilized egg implants somewhere outside of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancy almost always includes heavy bleeding and severe pain.
Some women will experience pregnancy spotting as a result of a subchorionic hemorrhage. Although the cause is unknown, this happens when there is bleeding around the placenta. The good news is that most women will go on to have a healthy pregnancy if this condition is detected early.
Why am I spotting during the last half of my pregnancy?
Bleeding in late pregnancy is less common than in early pregnancy, but it is not always a reason for concern.
Just as sexual intercourse and internal exams can cause spotting in early pregnancy, the same is true for later stages of pregnancy.
While the average length of a healthy pregnancy is 40 weeks, some women do experience preterm labor, labor that occurs before 37 weeks gestation. If you are experiencing spotting combined with cramping in the second half of your pregnancy, this may be a symptom of preterm labor.
Two common causes of late-term bleeding during pregnancy are due to problems with the placenta. Placental abruption occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterus. This condition is quite serious, but, fortunately, it is very rare. Placenta previa is less serious and occurs when the opening of the cervix is blocked by the placenta.
When should I call my care provider?
It’s important to keep in mind that most cases of spotting and bleeding during pregnancy are not serious. However, anytime bleeding is present during pregnancy it is a good idea to check in with your healthcare professional just to be on the safe side. This is especially true if the bleeding is heavy, lasts for multiple days, or is accompanied by pain.
Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.
Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.
The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.
Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.
“Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
“As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
“One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
“Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
“Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
“You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
“You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
“Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
“Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
“Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
“The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
“The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
“There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
“Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
“There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
“I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
“Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
“I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
“Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
“For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
“A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
“You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
“I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”—JK Rowling
“Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
“I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
“A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
“Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
“Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
“Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles
Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.
They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”
If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!