Bleeding in pregnancy is always a worry for most pregnant women. It could mean a lot of different things but it doesn’t always have to be a cause for panic.
When you are pregnant and you notice some blood – even a drop, it’s always a shocking moment. But don’t instantly think of miscarriage, it’s not always the case. One in four women bleed during pregnancy, and only about half of these women actually miscarry.
There are plenty of easily explained reasons why you might bleed in each trimester. If it happens to you, take it seriously, but please stay calm.
In the early days
In your first trimester, it’s usually hormones that can cause a bit of bleeding. It’s not a hormone deficiency, but more that they’re all over the place. It’s also quite common to have a slight bleed at the time you might normally have had a period. The first time you might get spotting in between periods is when the fertilized ovum implants into the uterine wall. That spotting, known as an implantation bleed, can look a bit like the beginning of a period. You could also have slight bleeding from the cervix, either due to a vaginal infection, or after having sex, as there’s increased blood supply to that area once you’re expecting.
12 weeks onwards
It’s not uncommon to have some bleeding when the second or even third period was due. That can be up to three months after your implantation bleed. But bleeding at the start of your 2nd trimester may be considered serious because it can indicate an abnormality with your uterus or placenta, but these can both be monitored. It could be placenta previa, where the placenta is lying too close to the cervix. “As the placenta gets bigger it can stretch across the cervix and cause a bleed. In this case you’ll be told to rest and monitored with ultrasound.
In the final stages
From 37 weeks onwards, any bleeding must be monitored. Your cervix might bleed a little if you have any internal examination around this time. Then there’s one final time there could be bleeding – your mucus plug can have blood in it when it comes out just before your water breaks.
Whatever the case, don’t wait for it to happen a second time. See your doctor as soon as you notice it, but don’t panic!!! Remember Exodus 23: 25-26 – “And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and i will take sickness away from the midst of thee. THERE SHALL NOTHING CAST THEIR YOUNG, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days i will fulfill”
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source: Practical parenting & pregnancy
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