Is Bleeding during Pregnancy Normal?
Bleeding during pregnancy can be worrisome but it does not always mean something is wrong. There are many different causes of bleeding in pregnancy. Here are the most common:
This occurs when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining, about 2 weeks after fertilization.
This bleeding can be light at the start but will often progress to heavy bleeding with cramping.
An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg attaches outside the uterus. Bleeding with severe pain can indicate an ectopic pregnancy
Placental Abruption: Placental abruption is when the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus. This can cause serious problems in pregnancy if not found early.
Placenta Previa: Placenta previa is when the placenta grows over the cervical opening. This can cause bleeding. Often this resolves on its own as the uterus grows, but if not you may need a cesarean delivery.
Placenta Accreta: When you are pregnant you can get inflammation or cervical polyps that can cause bleeding. Also, when your cervix changes in preparation for the birthing process you can get some vaginal bleeding.
When to seek help
Contact your health care provider
Any bleeding during pregnancy should be reported your your health care provider. They can help you determine possible causes and if there is a concern.
Seek immediate help if you experience heavy bleeding (soaking a pad or more every hour), severe pelvic pain, dizziness or fainting.