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Bleeding in Pregnancy

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:

Implantation Bleeding

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.

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg attaches outside the uterus.  Bleeding with severe pain can indicate an ectopic pregnancy

Placental Problems

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.


We are conveniently located Downtown Spokane in the Doctors Building and in the Spokane Valley. You can request an appointment online for either location.

Downtown Spokane

Sacred Heart Doctors Building
105 W. 8th Avenue, Suite 6060
Spokane, WA 99204

(509) 838-4211 | GET DIRECTIONS

Spokane Valley

Valley Mission Professional Building
12509 East Mission Avenue, Suite 201
Spokane Valley, WA 99216

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