How To Deal With Unusual Bleeding During Pregnancy | Causes of Vaginal Bleeding During Pregnancy

Cervix is more prone to bleed as blood flow is naturally increased during pregnancy. That said, anything that may touch or irritate the cervix can cause bleeding. Sex, gynecological exam, pap smear, physical work, exercise. This bleeding should only spot and last for a day or two.

Bleeding in first trimester can be a proof of a miscarriage if only it is too much in quantity, is red in color, and is becoming heavier day by day rather than getting lighter. Further, besides heavy implantation bleeding during early pregnancy, a woman might also experience severe cramps in the lower belly. However, heavy bleeding including clots is not the only warning sign of miscarriage.

Bleeding during pregnancy is the most common sign of miscarriage, but it does not directly indicate that miscarriage is imminent. According to studies, about 20-30% pregnant women experience some degree of bleeding, specifically in the early stages. About half of women experiencing it do have a miscarriage and approximately 15-20% of total pregnancies lead to miscarriages and majority of these bleeding during pregnancy cases occur at the first 12 weeks.

Urgent diagnosis is needed in all of the cases, since the conditions are far from harmless. Call a gynecologist and schedule a medical examination. Understand that such examinations cannot cause miscarriage and are needed to give you information about your health and the condition of the fetus.

Bleeding can also be indicative of cervical issues like inflammation and/or infections. It could also point to early dilation of the cervix which is one of the more common causes of pre-term labor. Bleeding can also be as a result of the placenta growing to cover the birth canal; this condition is referred to as placenta previa.

Molar pregnancy is another extremely rare cause leading to vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy. This occurs when abnormal tissue instead of the embryo grows. While this may be referred to as a mole but is commonly known as gestational trophoblastic disease or GTD.

Pregnant women with placental abruption may also suffer from intense pain in the stomach. Placental abruption usually happens to pregnant women who are over the age 35, usage of cocaine during pregnancy, high blood pressure and sickle-cell anemia.

Brown blood loss indicates an old bleed. When you get brown bleeding it normally means that when the fertilized egg buried it way into the womb, a little blood was released. The bleeding that occurred at the moment of implantation stayed in the womb for some time so by the time you see it on your underwear or when you wipe yourself it showed up as brown implantation bleeding.

Bleeding is also sometimes seen during the second and third trimesters, which is certainly not due to menses. This bleeding takes place mostly due to cervix infection and yes there are chances of miscarriage and preterm labor as well as stillbirth. So, you need to immediately consult a doctor in such cases without fail.


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