Watch Out for Bleeding in Final Pregnancy Weeks
Today, we are going to discuss bleeding issues in the final pregnancy phase that might be a matter of concern. Vaginal bleeding usually does not indicate risk in early months but it is always better to maintain regular follow-ups with your doctor. Here are a few reasons why you might be bleeding:
- Discharge with little blood mixed with mucus can be a sign the labor is about to begin in a few days time.
- Placental abruption occurs when placenta moves away from the uterine lining that promotes bleeding. If it happens at the end of your pregnancy, you might have a preterm child birth. However, it is rare.
- Placenta previa or low-lying placenta may occur when your placenta is at the bottom of womb, blocking the passage of your baby to move out. Your placenta moves upward after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If it does not move upwards after 20 weeks, it is placenta previa.
- Vasa previa may happen when labor begins and your cervix dilates the blood vessels running through the membranes causing heavy bleeding.
You should keep a strict watch on bleeding during pregnancy. Get regular blood pressure levels checked. Vaginal bleeding has its own significance in every trimester of pregnancy. In first trimester, it might be because of sub-chorionic haemorrhage, hormonal imbalance or missed abortion. In second trimester, vaginal bleeding may occur in the form of mild bleeding or spotting due to conditions of placenta previa, placental abruption and premature labor. In third trimester, it may indicate placenta previa, abruption in pregnancy or onset of labor.
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