Breakthrough bleeding during pregnancy can be incredibly scary. However, before you panic, know there are causes that may not be related to your pregnancy. It’s important to call your obstetrician, or OB, as soon as possible if you notice light red or dark brownish bleeding, but remember to breathe and relax. Here’s what you need to know if this happens to you.
Bleeding During the First Half of Pregnancy Is Relatively Common, So You’re Not Alone
Studies have shown that 20% to 30% of women experience bleeding during the first months of pregnancy. While this can be a sign of early miscarriage, it doesn’t mean one is inevitable.
Other causes include implantation bleeding, an infection of some type, or sexual intercourse. If you experience bleeding during sex, it’s safest to stop until you discuss this with your OB. However, if you experience heavy vaginal bleeding, tissue passing through the vagina, or intense pelvic cramping you should seek medical attention.
Bleeding During the Second Half of Your Pregnancy Is Less Common and More of a Cause for Concern (But Don’t Be Afraid!)
Because bleeding during this time can be a threat to you and your baby, it’s important to be vigilant about breakthrough bleeding during pregnancy. It can be caused by cervical issues, but there are more serious reasons you could be bleeding.
Conditions like placental abruption, placenta previa, and pre-term labor can all occur during the second half of pregnancy. If you experience heavy bleeding with or without abdominal pain, you should seek help immediately.
If You Are Experiencing Breakthrough Bleeding During Pregnancy, Do Not Hesitate to Call Women’s Health Care Specialists!
Our compassionate and skilled providers, including Dr. Navita Modi, are here to help! For your safety and convenience, we do offer same-day appointments, but in the event of an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. If this is not an emergency, we invite you to book your appointment by calling us today at 301-812-3400!