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Some bleeding during pregnancy is quite common and is not necessarily a major problem. However, it is necessary to go to the gynecologist as soon as the presence is noticed, in order to try to assess the reasons and rule out that it is something that could affect the pregnancy.

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Slight dark pink, red, or medium brownish blood loss may be normal and may be due to changes that occur in a woman's body during pregnancy. Although, they can also be due to worrisome causes such as a miscarriage or a pregnancy outside the uterus, especially if the blood is bright red.


The causes of bleeding during pregnancy can be: 


  • exhaust bleed

  • Ectopic pregnancy

  • ovular detachment

  • placental abruption

  • Previous placenta

  • Spontaneous abortion

  • uterine infection


As different problems may cause it, it is not easy to determine which of them is due, so it is best to go to the gynecologist as soon as possible. In this way, the professional will do the necessary tests to determine what it is due to and thus be able to treat it if necessary.

The possible causes of bleeding may vary according to the period of pregnancy, and may be:


First trimester


Bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy is common in the first 15 days after fertilization and in this case, the bleeding is pink and lasts about 2 days, causing cramps similar to those of menstruation._cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

This may be the first symptom that indicates pregnancy in some women, and it is important to confirm it by performing a pregnancy test.


Although the bleeding can be normal in this period, if it is intense, bright red or accompanied by nausea and cramps, it may indicate a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy outside the uterus._cc781905-5cde -3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_


During the first 3 months of pregnancy, the woman may also have dark-colored coffee grounds discharge and  since it is not related to the menstrual cycle, it can appear any day. In this case, it may be an ovular detachment that can cause abortion. 



Second quarter


The second trimester of pregnancy runs from the 4th to the 6th month of pregnancy, beginning at the 13th week and ending at the 24th week of pregnancy.  


After 3 months, bleeding in pregnancy is not common and may indicate placental abruption, miscarriage, placenta previa, cervical infection, or an injury to the uterus caused by close contact.

It is recommended that the pregnant woman go as quickly as possible to the obstetrician or hospital emergency room. 


Worrisome bleeding is generally accompanied by other warning signs such as abdominal pain, fever, or decreased fetal movements.


Third trimester


When bleeding occurs after 24 weeks of pregnancy, it can already indicate signs of labor, although it can also indicate some problems. 


Some situations may be placenta previa or placental abruption. In addition to this, some women may also have a small amount of bleeding at the end of the pregnancy due to labor, discharge of the mucous tampon and the rupture of the membranes, which is normally accompanied by irregular contractions indicating that the baby will be born in brief.


The pregnant woman should immediately go to the hospital emergency room and notify the obstetrician who is following her. 


In these last 3 months, it is common for women to experience bleeding after intimate contact, once the birth canal becomes more sensitive, bleeding easily.

In this case, you must go to the hospital if the bleeding continues for more than 1 hour. 

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