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Bleeding During Pregnancy

For women, vaginal bleeding is always scary, especially if you are pregnant. However, bleeding doesn’t always mean that there is a problem. As a matter of fact, many women who have experienced vaginal bleeding – mostly during their first trimester – are able to give birth to healthy babies. There are different causes of bleeding, and by knowing them you will be able to know when to seek medical help.

First Trimester Bleeding

The possible cause of bleeding during the first trimester is implantation – where the fertilized egg “implants” itself in the lining of the uterus.

Others are:

  • cervical changes
  • miscarriage
  • molar pregnancy
  • infection
  • ectopic pregnancy

Vaginal bleeding is normal during the first trimester, however, when one experiences at least one of the following - moderate to heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, tissue passing from the vagina, then she should seek consultation and necessary medication or action from health care provider.

Second and Third Trimester Bleeding

As preparation for labor, the cervix starts to thin out and relax, dislodging the thick plug of mucus that closes its opening. This arises to a thick and stringy discharge that is sometimes tinged with blood. It is a normal indication of impending labor that may show up to a week before delivery. But this discharge shouldn’t be a concern.

Here are some potential problems

  • Miscarriage
  • Pre-term labor
  • Cervical problems
  • Placenta Previa (vaginal bleeding because the placenta covers the opening of the birth canal)
  • Placental abruption
  • Uterine rupture

When vaginal bleeding is accompanied by pain, cramps, fever, chills, and contraptions, then the pregnant woman should seek immediate help.

Women who are encountering vaginal bleeding during pregnancy should not be shy. She should explain fully her symptoms and what she is experiencing. Describe the amount of blood clot, if it includes tissue, etc. All these information could help the health care provider in determining the gravity of the bleeding and to identify if it is normal or if it is something serious.

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