The very Disturbing State of Vaginal Bleeding during Pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 11, 2011

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  • Vaginal bleeding is common amongst 20 - 30% of pregnant women.
  • Ultrasound, sonogram and pelvic examination determines the causes.
  • Bleeding in late pregnancy pose serious threat to mother and the baby.
  • Vaginal bleeding can signify pre-term labour in third trimester.

Pregnancy is already a very difficult time, and to top that you could also bleed from the vagina. It sounds bad, and it is a bad experience too. Know all about it.


pregnancy vaginal bleedingVaginal bleeding is a common problem in pregnancy, it is common amongst 20 to 30% of pregnant women. Pregnant women often experience vaginal spotting or bleeding in early pregnancy. Ultrasound, sonogram and pelvic examination are best ways to determine the reason for vaginal bleeding.


Bleeding in Early Pregnancy

In the first trimester (initial three months of pregnancy) vaginal bleeding may vary from slight spotting to severe clots. One needs to have a sonogram or pelvic examination to determine the real reason for bleeding. A few possibilities for vaginal bleeding include:

  • Implantation: when the fertilised egg attaches itself to the uterus wall.
  • Miscarriage: it is loss of pregnancy in its early stage i.e. within first twelve weeks of pregnancy. Even though 15 to 20% of pregnancies ends in miscarriage but every bleeding can’t be associated with miscarriage.


Bleeding in Late Pregnancy

Vaginal bleeding in late pregnancy can pose serious threat to mother and the baby. It requires immediate medical attention. Heavy bleeding at this stage is commonly related to placenta. Two main reasons for bleeding during late pregnancy include:

  • Placenta Previa- It is a very rare complication i.e. 1 in 200 pregnancies has chances of developing placenta previa. Here the placenta grows in the lower part of uterus and fully or partially covers the cervix opening.
  • Placental Abruption- Here placenta either partially or fully detaches itself from uterus. Women who are more than 35 years of age, have sickle cell anemia or had several pregnancies are at risk of placental abruption. Its symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding.


Bleeding as Indication of Labour

In the third trimester of pregnancy, vaginal bleeding can signify pre-term labour. When mucus cover is passed, it (mucus) starts mixing with blood. If this happens before few days of your due date then there is no reason to worry but if it occurs much earlier then immediately talk to your doctor about it.


Other Causes

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)- During pregnancy, the bladder and kidney become sensitive and more prone to UTI. Vaginal bleeding can occur as an indication of UTI.
  • Intercourse: Some women experience vaginal bleeding after sexual intercourse.
  • Ectopic Pregnancy: Sometimes fertilised eggs get attached to the fallopian tube i.e. outside the uterus. Bleeding in early weeks of pregnancy can be one of its symptoms.

    Careful examination and proper treatment should follow for vaginal bleeding, meet a doctor as fast as you can.

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  • jessy ria18 Sep 2012

    I conceive 20. Days before I got bleeding today is there any issue or anything dangerous.

  • sanjeeda11 Jul 2012

    i am pregnant 4th month is going on and bleeding is there so is any worry?

  • Rinki Singh03 Dec 2011

    i m pragnent n its my 4th month is going on.i got bleeding last week,doctor advised me for ultrasound i did so n report was normal.she sujested me for bed rest n gave some medicines n injections also.i want to know that is it a common problem of pregnency?

  • neha28 Oct 2011

    hello neha here mera aprl 2011 m miscarage hua tha mene dubara 24 aug 2011 m phir se concieve kiya h muje in between bleeding bhi hui thi but reports ok h or ultrasound bhi normal aya h uske bad bhi 2 time spot hua h but reports normal h m yeh janna chahti hu ki kya mera baby safe h

  • rajarajeswari26 Jul 2011

    can i get pregnant at the age of 40. pls kindly suggest me.

  • meenakshi25 Jul 2011

    mera 2 baar abortion ho chuka hai dr ne btaya hai ki mera uterus heart upar se 2 parts mein divine hai jiski wajeh se fetus growth nahi kar paata.main yeh janana chahti hoon ki kya operation k baad main main ek healthy baby ko janm de paungi?

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