Is it normal to bleed in pregnancy?

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When a woman is pregnant, she must pay close attention to the messages her body gives her, because these messages can be warning that something is wrong or they could also be indications that everything is going well. For that reason we are going to answer the question of whether a woman bleed in pregnancy is normal or we should turn on the alarms.

I’m pregnant and I bleed. Is it normal?

The first thing we must say is that bleeding in a pregnant woman is something totally abnormal, a woman in pregnancy should not bleed under any circumstances. Therefore, the bleeding indicates that something is not happening correctly inside your body that could be affecting you or the baby, but that will be determined by your gynecologist who you should go to immediately after realizing the bleeding the first time.

Gestation is the most expected state by women, but one of the greatest peculiarities of this period is that there should never be any bleeding, no pregnant woman can bleed. Many women say: «I continued with the menstruation in spite of being pregnant», this can not be true, what in fact that woman had was a threat of abortion throughout the pregnancy. Because precisely the particularity that pregnancy has is that it produces amenorrhea, that is, absence of menstruation.

Bleeding in the first half of pregnancy 1 to 4 months

If you are between the first 4 months of gestation and have bleeding, then pay attention to this information as it could be your case. The bleeding of the first half of pregnancy occurs as a result of any of the following diseases:

  • Ectopic pregnancy: is that pregnancy that is located outside of its normal place of implantation, ie the uterus. It may be that it is located at the level of the tubes, at the level of the ovary or it occurred outside the uterine cavity. It is usually at the level of the tubes. Its characteristics are pain and bleeding. As we have already said, no pregnant woman should bleed and no pregnancy should hurt.
  • La Mola hydatiform: is a disease whose pregnancy begins to degenerate and among the large number of symptoms is very clear bleeding, similar to the color of water that results when washing a torso of meat.
  • The threat of abortion: it is when small placental detachments occur that coincide with colic type pains and the patient presents bleeding.

It is important that you are clear that the bleeding in the first half of pregnancy is due to some of these diseases and therefore at the slightest drop of bleeding that you see should not be overlooked, it is not normal to have flow in pregnancy, therefore you should go immediately to see your treating doctor.

Bleeding in the second half of pregnancy 4 to 9 months

We are going to refer to some types of bleeding that occur in the second half of pregnancy that the patient needs to know and to which she must pay close attention in case of identifying with any of these types of bleeding. These are: the placenta previa,

Bleeding of placenta previa

Placenta previa is the location of the placenta very close to the cervical os, these are classified into three types:

  • The marginal placenta previa: which protrudes the cervix and can produce a discrete bleeding, but bleeding at the end.
  • The marginal placenta: where a fragment or a placental tongue is already facing the cervix.
  • The total occlusive placenta: that is a great tragedy because it produces very abrupt and exhaustive bleeding.

Remember that whenever bleeding occurs, not only do you bleed, your baby is also bleeding.

Bleeding in pregnancy Retroplacental hematoma

In this pathology a cluster of blood forms behind the placenta that produces hidden bleeding and can severely affect the baby’s life. More information about this pathology here.

Why is a gynecologist exam important before pregnancy?

It is very important that you have a gynecological examination before getting pregnant, this in case the pregnancy is planned. This diagnosis will allow you to rule out bleeding that is obstetrical, that is, those that are related to pregnancy and bleeding that are not due to pregnancy such as tears of the cervix, cervicitis, abnormalities or vaginal infections that can produce a diagnostic error.

So, what should I do if I bleed during pregnancy?

It is important that the patient know how to distinguish bleeding that occurs with pain and that occurs without pain, for example: placenta previa bleeds without pain while the retroplacental hematoma produces much pain. Remember that no pregnant woman should bleed and if she bleeds she should go immediately to see her treating doctor. Therefore we have thus answered the question that we will summarize in this way: It is not normal to bleed in pregnancy.

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