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Definition Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy is bleeding coming through the vagina during pregnancy, for any reason. Alternative Names Pregnancy - vaginal bleeding; Maternal blood loss Considerations Up to 10% of women have vaginal bleeding at some time during their pregnancy, especially in the first 3 months (first trimester). Bleeding is even more common with twins. To help prevent a miscarriage or other problems during pregnancy: Avoid smoking and using drugs of any kind, including alcohol. Eat a well- balanced diet . Get regular medical checkups. Take prenatal vitamins (or vitamins high in folic acid) before and after getting pregnant. Common Causes During the first 3 months, vaginal bleeding may be a sign of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. See the doctor right away. During months 4 - 9 bleeding may be a sign of: Abruptio placentae Miscarriage Placenta previa Vasa previa Other possible causes of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy: Early labor (bloody show) Ectopic pregnancy Infection of the cervix Trauma...
Implantation bleeding is thought to occur when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine lining. This happens sometime around 10 to 14 days after conception. It can sometimes be confused with an early period but usually implantation bleeding is much lighter, lasting anywhere from a few hours to a couple days.
What causes implantation bleeding?
When an egg is fertilized, it moves down the fallopian tube to the uterus, normally arriving there about 9 days after fertilization. As it burrows into the uterine lining, some women will shed some blood. This is implantation bleeding.
Does everyone experience implantation bleeding?
Most women either don’t experience much bleeding or don’t notice. Others may notice only a little spotting. Some women will experience cramp like feelings and spotting for several days. Approximately one-third of women will experience implantation bleeding.
Does implantation bleeding look the same as a period?
It’s a common question that often is asked on HealthCentral’s menopause site - What’s a normal period when you’re going through perimenopause? That’s because some women report that their periods are lighter and may just involve spotting while others describe extremely heavy periods. And some women miss a period and then experience a heavy period.
It turns out that irregular periods are normal. “In the years preceding menopause, women experience changes in their menstrual cycle,” HealthCentral.com stated. “The time between periods can become shorter or longer and periods may last a longer or shorter number of days. Bleeding can be heavier or lighter, and change in flow from month to month. It is also normal for periods to skip a cycle.”
In their book “The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause,” Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge note that hormone fluctuations cause these changes. “Specifically, it seems that wh...
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