Pregnancy: Bleeding During the First Trimester
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
- Bleeding during pregnancy the first trimester facts
- Is bleeding during pregnancy normal?
- What is implantation bleeding during the first trimester?
- What are the signs and symptoms of implantation bleeding?
- What are other common causes of bleeding during the first trimester?
- What are serious causes of bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy?
- Molar Pregnancy
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Threatened miscarriage
- Subchorionic hemorrhage
- When should you call your doctor about bleeding during the first trimester?
- How is the cause of bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy diagnosed?
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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.
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