Bleeding during pregnancy is any bleeding from the vagina during pregnancy. Bleeding during pregnancy can occur at any time from the first trimester to the end of pregnancy.
Reporting from the American Pregnancy Association, bleeding during pregnancy usually consists of spotting and bleeding that is more serious.
Then, which situation is more dangerous? Here’s the full explanation.
Spots or spots, bleeding during early pregnancy
Light bleeding, also known as spotting, is common, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. This need not worry you.
Spots during pregnancy occur when you see a few drops of blood appear on your underwear, or when you wipe your intimate organs with a tissue, and see a little blood on the tissue. Spotting bleeding usually will not reach panty liners.
Causes of spotting bleeding
Implantation bleeding is a common cause of spotting in early pregnancy. Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. This can trigger several days of light bleeding or spotting.
This spotting often occurs before a woman even knows she is pregnant, and is often mistaken for menstrual blood.
Other causes of spotting bleeding are: cervical polyps (a harmless mass growth on the cervix). These polyps will bleed easily during pregnancy due to higher levels of the hormone estrogen. As a result, contact with these areas (eg through sexual intercourse) can cause bleeding.
The good news is that 50% of women who experience spotting during pregnancy continue to have healthy pregnancies.
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Bleeding during pregnancy to watch out for
More serious bleeding is a heavier flow of blood through the vagina during pregnancy. When experiencing this type of bleeding, you will need panty liners or pads to keep blood from soaking your clothes.
If you experience more serious bleeding during pregnancy, be sure to contact your health care provider immediately. See your gynecologist immediately especially if you notice heavy bleeding similar to menstrual bleeding.
Because this can be a sign of pregnancy complications, such as an ectopic pregnancy.
In addition, any spotting or more serious bleeding in the second or third trimester, you should see your health care provider immediately. Your doctor will most likely check for cervical polyps, and make sure your cervix is closed.
How to deal with spotting bleeding to stay healthy
To help deal with spotting during pregnancy for a healthy pregnancy, try the following:
- Increase bed rest
- Drink more water and keep your body hydrated
- Limit your physical activity
- Elevate your legs while sleeping
- Avoid lifting objects more than 4.5 kilograms.
Foods to prevent bleeding in pregnant women
There are several food intakes that should be consumed by pregnant women at a young gestational age. Some of these foods can be easily found around us. Anything? Check out the list below.
Hopefully this information is useful, Mom.