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Bleeding During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a wondrous experience in a woman's life. Pregnancy occurs as the result of the female gamete or oocyte merging with the male gamete, spermatozoon, in a process referred to, in medicine, as "fertilization", or more commonly known as "conception". After the point of fertilization, it is referred to as a zygote or fertilized egg. The fusion of male and female gametes usually occurs through the act of sexual intercourse, resulting in spontaneous pregnancy and birth later on.

However, what tragedy it will be if one loses her baby to miscarriage! Thus all pregnant women must be extra careful when they are pregnant. They need to be aware of certain signs which they have to watch out for. One of these signs is bleeding during pregnancy.

Because bleeding during all phases of pregnancy may be dangerous, you should call your health care provider if you have any signs of vaginal bleeding during your pregnancy.

Before anything else we need to define what vaginal bleeding is? Vaginal bleeding is any blood coming from your vagina. This usually refers to abnormal bleeding not associated with a regular menstrual period.

The causes of bleeding during pregnancy vary according to trimester. First trimester bleeding is any vaginal bleeding during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Vaginal bleeding may vary from light spotting to severe bleeding with clots. Vaginal bleeding is a common problem in early pregnancy, complicating 20-30% of all pregnancies.

Any vaginal bleeding during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy (the last 6 months of a 9-month pregnancy) involves concerns, different from bleeding in the first 3 months of your pregnancy. Any bleeding during the second and third trimesters is abnormal.

Bleeding from the vagina after the 28th week of pregnancy is a true emergency. The bleeding can range from very mild to extremely brisk and may or may not be accompanied by abdominal pain. Hemorrhage (another word for bleeding) is the most common cause of death amongst mothers in the United States. It complicates about 4% of all pregnancies.

So, knowing all these facts, how can you prevent vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?

Preventing bleeding during pregnancy

Bleeding during pregnancy needs medical evaluation. Diagnosis of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy begins with a medical history and physical exam. The healthcare provider may perform a pelvic examination. This will determine how much bleeding there has been, whether the cervix has opened, and whether fetal tissue is present in the vagina. The doctor may then perform a series of tests.

The complication can be prevented by having regular pre natal check-ups with your doctor. Early prenatal care will allow the healthcare provider to screen for pregnancy risk factors. Eating a balanced diet rich in folate may prevent miscarriages caused by genetic problems. Avoiding cigarettes, cocaine, and trauma may decrease the risk of the placenta detaching. Practicing safer sex methods can help prevent sexually transmitted diseases.