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Vaginal bleeding - abnormal vaginal bleeding

Vaginal bleeding is normal during pregnancy; however it can be a sign of something more serious. It can be difficult easy to pinpoint the cause of bleeding. 

Several factors can trigger this condition

  • sexual intercourse
  • an internal exam
  • implantation of the fertilized egg
  • infections
  • miscarriage

It is best to go to your doctor immediately after the bleeding started so that he can find out what the problem is.

Cause of the bleeding

It is important to find out the cause of the bleeding – it could come from the uterus, vagina, or any other tissue or organ.

Bleeding during pregnancy is common

Bleeding during pregnancy is common and normally will cause no problems with the baby. It is abnormal bleeding that can be symptoms of something more serious.

Complications of the bleeding

To find out if they are any complications you may need virginal examination or an ultrasound to find out what is the cause of the bleeding. A "transvaginal" ultrasound is usually the best way to find the problem where an ultrasound probe is placed in the vagina. This gives the medical staff the best information on if there is a problem.

First trimester bleeding

First trimester bleeding is any bleeding within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. This can range from light spotting to more servere bleeding. Virginal bleeding is common in early pregnancy with around 20% to 30% of mothers affected.

When is bleeding abnormal?

Bleeding in the second or third trimester is abnormal bleeding so a doctor’s check up is required. The bleeding can range from mild to brisk bleeding and abdominal pain can also be present.

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