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?
Every woman's period is different, some lasting only a few days with a light flow, others last a week with a heavier flow. But each person normally has a relatively similar flow each month and it is hard to know whether you have what is considered to be heavy menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia.
What is a Typical Period?
During a typical period a woman loses approximately 6 to 8 teaspoons, or 35 ml., of blood, although yours may be a little lighter or heavier than this. To be considered menorrhagia, doctors look for blood loss of about 80 ml.
Determining if Your Period is Heavy
But because we do not really have any way of actually measuring our blood flow it is normally impossible to know whether our period is "typical."
You can somewhat measure your flow by how many and how often you change your tampon or pad. According to Epigee.org, 1 normally soaked regular tampon holds approximately 5 ml. of blood and super or maxi pads hold about 10 ml. Using these amo...
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