Early Pregnancy Bleeding

Pregnancy can be a time of great joy, excitement and anticipation, but it can also be a time of many fears and worries. One of the things that can cause an excessive amount of stress and worry for a woman who’s pregnant is bleeding. While bleeding in pregnancy isn’t always a sign that there’s a major problem, it is something that’s worth talking to your doctor about. In some cases, bleeding during pregnancy can indicate that there is something really wrong.

Bleeding during the first half or so of pregnancy is relatively common. Around 25 percent of women will experience some bleeding during pregnancy. Sometimes, the cause is benign, and sometimes, it indicates a problem.

Here are some common reasons for bleeding in early pregnancy:

  • Implantation bleeding happens between 6 and 12 days after conception, and indicates the implantation of the fertilized egg into the uterus.
  • Pelvic infection as well as urinary tract infection can cause bleeding.
  • You may experience bleeding after intercourse, as the cervix tends to be tender and sensitive.
  • Bleeding can also be a sign of miscarriage. It doesn’t mean that miscarriage is immanent. Around half of the time, women who experience bleeding are miscarrying. Miscarriages are relatively common, with an estimated 15 percent of all pregnancies ending in miscarriage. Most of those miscarriages occur during the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • In some cases, bleeding can indicate an ectopic pregnancy. This occurs when the pregnancy implants somewhere other than the uterus, such as in the fallopian tubes. These pregnancies, obviously, will not survive. Around one out of every 60 pregnancies is ectopic.
  • A molar pregnancy can be responsible for bleeding, as well. These are extremely rare. Essentially, it involves the growth of abnormal tissue, as opposed to an embryo, and the signs can mimic pregnancy. However, a molar pregnancy is usually accompanied by bleeding.


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