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Pregnancy bleeding-what does bleeding during pregnancy indicate?

By Ty Lamai March 29, 2012

If you are pregnant then you understand that bleeding during pregnancy is a condition that you would rather do without; it is in fact one of the worst nightmares that an expectant mother can experience. Bleeding is not a thing to ignore even though it may not indicate a miscarriage or pending premature birth, especially in the event that this bleeding is heavy. Most often than not, heavy bleeding is indicative of the presence of a serious condition and you need to quickly alert your health care provider immediately. This article will discuss what pregnancy bleeding means…

Most women who are pregnant begin to panic immediately they notice that they are bleeding. Even though you should notify your doctor, you should also realize that this condition is not necessarily harmful, therefore does not require you to go into a panic. So how can you determine if what you are experiencing is heavy bleeding or not? If the bleeding soaks a maxi pad, then it is heavy. If, on the other hand, it is simply a spot on your underwear or on the tissue when you go to the bathroom, then it is shouldn't be considered as heavy bleeding. The maxi pad allows you to monitor the frequency and volume of the flows so that you can determine whether or not it is heavy.

If this heavy bleeding occurs during your first trimester, which is the first three months of your pregnancy, then it may be indicative of a more serious pregnancy issue like a miscarriage. Nevertheless, the fact that you are experiencing this amount of bleeding during your first trimester does not mean that you should immediately conclude that you are experiencing a miscarriage. There are other conditions that may cause this bleeding during your first trimester therefore it is important that you get early medical attention. It may be due to hormonal changes or damage to your cervix during intercourse due to the fact that your cervix is now very sensitive.

If this bleeding occurs during your second or third trimester, then you can conclude that something grievous is amiss; it may be as a result of placental previa, placental abruption. You should call your health care provider immediately. If this flow occurs around the 36th week of your pregnancy or later, then you may be entering into labor.

Superstitious beliefs abound concerning why pregnancy bleeding occurs. Most of these emanate from old wives tales which warn women not to engage in certain activities; these activities range from lifting of hands over your heads while pregnant to not crossing over lines ruled on the ground. The fact is that these flows occur, and there is nothing that you or your baby could have done to avoid it. Let us take ectopic pregnancy as an example; could you have avoided it? Is it the embryo's fault where it implanted?

Whatever the case may be, you must ensure that your health care provider is notified immediately you begin to bleed. S/He may order an ultrasound done to monitor the condition of your baby and the placenta. You can help this situation by sitting down, putting up your feet and relaxing, if you can sit that is. Just remember that the less active you are, the more beneficial it will be for your unborn baby.

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