Should Bleeding During Pregnancy worry you?

Bleedings during pregnancy may be a very common appearance, with some of these being completely normal and the other ones indicating some life threatening issues both for the mother and child. There are several types of bleeding during pregnancy, all of which need to be approached with care and obligatory gynecologist checkups. Don’t do anything on your own with no instructions as there is no way for you to know what the problem is. You need to let this issue be dealt with professional and educated staff.

Bleedings in the first half of pregnancy

Implantation bleeding

This type of bleeding is most common with women at their beginning phase of pregnancy and it’s nothing to be worried about. It occurs very early, about 6-12 days after insemination, with the consequence being implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus, which causes light bleeding. It is possible for this to match the day of expected period, but it’s easy to differentiate it. This bleeding usually lasts 3-4 days and it’s much lighter than regular period.

Spontaneous abortion

A more serious issue which may be indicated with bleeding during pregnancy is spontaneous abortion. About 15-20% of pregnancies end up this way, with the highest risk for it to happen being the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy. With bleeding, sharp pain in the lower part of the belly can be experienced. This type of bleeding is usually very intense and painful.

Molar pregnancy

This begins as a normal pregnancy with a normal symptom of period missing, but in the first three to four weeks the placenta is producing water cyst or cavity looking like a bladder which is growing extensively. Once it reaches a certain size, vaginal bleeding occurs and it’s important to visit your gynecologist as soon as possible.

Bleedings in the second half of pregnancy

Abruption of the placenta

This is a temporary peeling of the placenta which can occur any time after 20th week of pregnancy. This is when bleeding occurs, since the placenta has gotten rid of the outer shell, which poses a significant threat to mother and child. Women suffering from diabetes are usually at risk from this to happen, as well as women who smoke, consume drugs and alcohol.

Placenta Previa

When the placenta is positioned on top of the uterus you are dealing with the regular position. However, in case when placenta descends lower or even too close to the throat of the uterus, this is called placenta previa. It’s normal for the placenta to be positioned lower in the beginning phase of the pregnancy, but as it continues on, it needs to rise up. Women who had previous spontaneous abortions, as well as any surgeries or damages on the uterus are at risk from developing this condition.

Premature contractions

Premature contractions occur before 37th week of pregnancy and can lead to bleeding. This doesn’t indicate any serious threat to the health of both mother and child and it’s more uncomfortable than anything else.

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Rani Vyas

Rani Vyas

I'm a Medical Consultant Doctor with a keen interest in Medical bioinformatics and genuinely intriguing way of presenting boring medical knowledge in an enchanting and eye catching way.

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