Pregnancy Complications - Bleeding
Bleeding in pregnancy can happen for a number of reasons and can signify a number of problems, some more serious than others; if you experience any bleeding you should contact your midwife, gp or visit your local hospital immediately.
Although worrying, bleeding during pregnancy doesn't always signify something serious. Often it can be the result of something minor. For example, some women find they bleed a little after sex and this is due to a minor tear in the vaginal or cervical area. However, if the bleeding is prolonged or heavy it is important to seek medical advice and you may be advised to refrain from penetrative sex during the remainder of you pregnancy.
You should always report any bleeding to your midwife or gp immediately as it can sometimes mean something serious is happening, such as placental abruption, where the placenta begins to detach from the womb, or miscarriage. Placental abruption can be life threatening for the mother and child which is why it is so important to seek medical advice.
A blood stained mucus, otherwise known as a show, and sometimes accompanied by cramping can be one of the signs of labor. This can happen days or weeks before the birth of the baby; again you should contact your midwife or gp regardless of whether or not you are nearing your due date to ensure that this is the cause of your bleeding.
More Pregnancy Complications
- Gestational Diabetes
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Placenta previa
- Cholestasis (itching during pregnancy)
- Morning sickness
- Varicose veins
- Stretch marks
- Depression (pre-natal depression)
- Childbed fever (puerperal sepsis)
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