Week 13 Pregnancy Bleeding

Submitted by Nick on January 18, 2012

Bleeding during pregnancies tends to elicit a frightened reaction. But in a lot of instances it is normal, especially in the first trimester of the pregnancy. In week 13 of your pregnancy, you could see some complications like discharge and bleeding. There are other different instances of bleeding that occurs during the pregnancy. Sometimes, after conception, when the embryo is planted in the uterus, you could see some bleeding. This occurs usually after about 10-14 days of implantation. This also corresponds to the time your body’s time ovulation. Another type of common pregnancy bleeding is called breakthrough bleeding.


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At certain times during your pregnancy, you bleed like you would during your periods. Week 12-13 is one such time in your pregnancy. You will even face physical symptoms of a period like feeling bloated and fatigued.

You will, though, not get your period. So if the bleeding increases, it is a cause for worry. More on 13 weeks pregnant

Post coital bleeding is also common during pregnancies and while it is not always a cause to worry, you should point it out to your doctor at your next check up. You should talk about how much of it was there. There are pregnancy anomalies that also cause bleeding like ectopic pregnancies, bleeding from the placenta. An ectopic pregnancy is when the embryo is implanted outside the uterus and in the fallopian tube. You could experience severe cramps and nausea accompanying the bleeding. This could result in a hospital emergency of removing the baby along with the fallopian tube. Another cause of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is the bleeding of the placenta. Abnormally placed placenta, above the pelvis and in the cervical canal, can lead to bleeding. This is also a case for medical intervention and you may be asked to take complete bed rest. More on brown discharge during pregnancy

The maximum numbers of miscarriages occur till week 14. In week 13, if you have unexplained bleeding, especially any that does not fit any of the reasons mentioned above, you should visit a doctor. It could be a case of miscarriage. Any blood appearing in this period is termed as a threatened abortion and should be looked at medically. Any bleeding that occurs during the pregnancy should be reported even if you know the cause. Once you cross the week 14 mark, it usually means you will carry the baby to term and your pregnancy is safe.

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