Bleeding during pregnancy can be an alarming symptom for the mom to be. Though it is a very common symptom in the first three months of pregnancy it is important to get in touch with your doctor to make sure that there is nothing serious.
Bleeding in the First Three Months (First Trimester)
25-40% of patients may experience some form of bleeding in the first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy. In most of the cases pregnancy progresses normally especially if heart beat is detected on ultrasound.
Light bleeding lasting for a few hours or a few days may be due to the baby settling down in the uterus it is also known as implantation bleeding. This is not serious and usually settles down on its own. This may be mistaken for a light period sometimes.
In the First Trimester the Other Causes of Bleeding are:
Therefore any bleeding should be taken seriously because it may be a symptom of a serious problem. An ectopic pregnancy can be life threatening and a spotting may progress into irreversible abortion process if not taken care of in time.
Causes of Bleeding After 12 Weeks:
Bleeding after 12 weeks is usually indicative of a serious underlying problem unlike that in the first trimester.
So it is clear that though bleeding in pregnancy can be a very common symptom it is always advisable to get in touch with your obstetrician as the bleeding may be due to serious problems which need to be ruled out by history, clinical examination and most often an ultrasound. Seeking help early helps to curb the problem in early stage in case of a serious problem. Let your doctor be the best judge!