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Light spotting: first trimester

15 May, 2005


I am currently about 8 weeks pregnant and have experienced spotting during the past week. The spotting is very light and brown in color. however, about a week ago I looked at the spotting on toilet paper and it was enough to render me niddah.

Is the protocol for spotting during pregnancy the same as normal? Or can I just begin counting seven clean days? What do I do if I continue to spot enough so that I am niddah all of the time? I spoke with my doctor who said that this could continue for another month or so.

Thank you!


We're sorry to hear about your spotting problems.  

The protocol for spotting during pregnancy is the same as for other times.  A pregnant woman must wait five days before counting her clean days. If the spotting interrupted an earlier clean-day count, she can immediately do a new hefsek and start a new count..

In a case such as yours, where spotting may be ongoing, it is essential to review the relevant laws.  Please start by looking at our article ketamim.  A light brown such as you describe may not render a woman niddah, regardless of its size.  It would not necessarily invalidate a bedikah or even a hefsek taharah.

Please contact us with any follow-up questions.  B'Sha'ah Tovah!

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