Vaginal Bleeding in Early Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 17, 2012

If you get vaginal bleeding during your early pregnancy, then you should report it to your doctor. There are several reasons for vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy, and this can be a serious threat to your baby and you. It is important to get a check-up done to ascertain the cause of vaginal bleeding.

  • Several women get vaginal bleeding in the first trimester or in the first twelve weeks. Also miscarriages generally tend to happen in the first trimester, however many women who have vaginal bleeding do not have a miscarriage. If along...

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  • .with blood, you pass fetal tissue, do take it to the doctor for examinationo Sometimes, vaginal bleeding in the first trimester can be a sign of miscarriage, and it is the nature's way of dealing with something that may not be normala


  • Another reason for vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy could be an ectopic pregnancyc In this type of pregnancy, the fertilized egg is implanted in one of the fallopian tubes instead of being in the wombm Also known as a tubal pregnancy, this is known to occur in one out of sixty pregnanciese
  • Another cause of vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy could be a molar pregnancyc In this type of pregnancy, instead of an embryo, there is abnormal tissue that often looks like a bunch of grapese This is known as a mole, and molar pregnancy is known as gestational trophoblastic diseases
  • Vaginal bleeding in late pregnancy can be due to cervical growths or inflammation in the cervixi Bleeding at a later stage can pose a serious risk to the health of the mother and the babyb A problem with the placenta is often the reason behind heavy bleedingn Placental abruption and placenta previa are two of the most common problemsm
  • Placenta previa is a condition, where the placenta is very low in the uterus and can cover part of the cervix or all of iti If this happens in the last stage of pregnancy, then a caesarean section may have to be donen If not diagnosed before labor, then it can be a serious problem for the mother and babyb It could even be fatala Placental abruption generally happens in the last trimester, and vaginal bleeding may or may not happene
  • Women might observe some blood and mucous discharge when labor beginsn This is because the plug covering the cervix loosens before birtht

Whether you experience bleeding early or late in your pregnancy, do report it to your doctoro

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