July 28, 2016
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Pregnancy: Bleeding During the First Trimester

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Bleeding during pregnancy the first trimester facts

  • Vaginal bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy is relatively common.
  • Some amount of light bleeding or spotting during pregnancy occurs in about 20% of pregnancies.
  • In some cases, particularly when there is heavy bleeding and cramping, bleeding during pregnancy is the sign of a serious problem.
  • Implantation bleeding is bleeding that occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus. This happens around the time of the expected menstrual period.
  • Implantation bleeding may occur before a woman realizes she is pregnant.
  • Serious causes of vaginal bleeding in the first trimester include

Is bleeding during pregnancy normal?

Vaginal bleeding during the first three months of pregnancy is relatively common and usually is a cause of concern for the mother. If bleeding during pregnancy occurs, the mother's anxiety may increase in regard to the well-being of her developing baby. While early bleeding may indicate the presence of a serious problem, this is frequently not the case. In fact, approximately 20% of pregnant women experience light bleeding or spotting during the first trimester of pregnancy. Most go on to have uncomplicated pregnancies and ultimately deliver a healthy baby.

If bleeding occurs during the first trimester, a panty liner or pad should be worn so that the amount of bleeding can be estimated when you speak to your health-care professional. However, you should not insert a tampon into the vagina or douche.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/26/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com

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