Many women experience bleeding during pregnancy. While it may be a terrifying experience, it does not always mean that something is wrong.
During the first trimester it is usually not a sign of a problem. Most of the bleeding you may experience is normal as your body prepares for your developing child.
The amount of bleeding should be monitored. Do not use tampons to stop the bleeding; instead opt for a maternity pad or panty liner, which will allow you to keep track of the bleeding.
If vaginal bleeding is heavy or accompanied by cramping or sharp pains during the first trimester, it might be a sign of complications. These complications may include miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, so do not wait to visit your physician.
Bleeding during the second and third trimester should be taken extremely seriously. If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding later in your pregnancy it may be a sign of a severe condition that will be harmful for you and your baby, including:
- Placental abruption
- Placenta previa
- Cervical infections
- Preterm labor
- Uterine rupture
If you are worried about bleeding during your pregnancy at any time, do not hesitate to schedule a visit with your physician at Pacific Women’s Center. When it comes to the health of you and your child, you can never be too careful.
Please, give us a call at 541-342-8616 or contact us online to schedule a visit.