What do you do when you experience vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?
If you experience vaginal bleeding, even in small amounts, you should immediately go to the hospital. Even if the bleeding seems to have stopped, you should still get it checked. To some pregnant women, a small amount of bleeding might be nothing serious. However, it could be a symptom of some serious problems. Hence, it will be best for you to do a check to ensure that neither you nor the fetus have any problems. At the same time, this could exclude the possibility of complications.
Do take note that the bleeding is quite similar to that of menstrual bleeding during the early or late stages. The colour may be pink, red or brown. Vaginal bleeding can also lead to more bleeding or even severe bleeding. If the bleeding is very serious or accompanied by severe pains, which do not allow you to immediately head for the emergency department, you can always call for the ambulance to assist.
Causes of vaginal bleeding in pregnant women
It is not easy to determine the cause of bleeding during pregnancy. During this stage, the cervix and the blood supply of the pelvic region increases. Some possible reasons for vaginal bleeding include:
Implantation bleeding. During the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine wall, you may experience a day or two of slight vaginal bleeding. Implantation of a fertilized egg usually occurs in about 6 to 7 days, or even up to 10 days after fertilization. Even then, you may not even know that you are pregnant.
Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy (宫外孕). A small amount of bleeding may be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, especially when it is accompanied by abdominal pains. It may also be a sign of hydatidiform mole (葡萄胎的).
About a quarter of pregnant women experience varying degrees of vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy. Out of them, about half will result in abortion. However, if you are in pregnancy during the 7 to 11 weeks and the B-ultrasound shows that the baby has a normal heartbeat, then your chances of continuing with the pregnancy will be higher than 90%.
Infection. The small amount of bleeding may be caused by other circumstances. For example, vaginal infections or sexually transmitted infections can cause cervix infection and inflammation.