When you’re pregnant, any kind of spotting or bleeding can cause you to panic. The good news is that spotting occurs in nearly one-third of all pregnancies and in most cases, isn’t a cause for worry for both mother and baby. However, if you’re experiencing any kind of bleeding, visit your doctor to check for complications such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and placenta previa.
Here are some of the common reasons for experiencing bleeding during pregnancy:
When a fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining, it can cause light spotting or streaking. It normally lasts a day or two and happens around the time of your periods. You may mistake it to be a light period, when, in fact, it is a sign of getting pregnant. This is completely normal.
- Breakthrough Bleeding
At times, women may experience bleeding when their periods would have been due, i.e. around 4, 8, and 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is accompanied by the usual period symptoms like a backache, cramps, heaviness and bloating. Breakthrough bleeding can happen up to three months and in rare cases, women may also experience it throughout their pregnancy. If you notice something similar happening with you, discuss this with your doctor at KIMS Cuddles.
- Threatened or Actual Miscarriage
Bleeding after the 12-week mark often indicates a miscarriage. According to studies, one-third of pregnancies end in miscarriages. However, this usually refers to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, including very early miscarriage. This happens when a woman’s body is rejecting a pregnancy. Other signs of miscarriage include cramping, backache and stomach pains. If you’re bleeding and still feel pregnant, chances are it was just a threatened miscarriage and your baby is still safe. Book an appointment with the experts at KIMS Cuddles to know for sure.
- Ectopic Pregnancy
When a fertilized egg implants itself outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube, it leads to ectopic pregnancy. This may cause severe pain in one side of the abdomen and also lead to nausea. It can lead to bleeding and calls for an emergency visit to the doctor.
- Placenta Previa
When the placenta implants itself very low down on the uterine wall, or right over the cervix, it leads to a condition known as placenta previa. This occurs in about 0.5% of pregnancies and will cause bleeding at some point during pregnancy – usually after the 20-week mark. Meet your doctor to understand the severity of your condition and ask for a suitable line of treatment.
Bleeding or spotting may or may not be a sign of miscarriage and other pregnancy problems. Make sure you visit or call up your doctor to know if you experience any kind of bleeding. Our doctors at KIMS Cuddles can help you feel safe and comforted throughout your pregnancy.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance