Is bleeding a normal part of pregnancy?
Bleeding is common in pregnancy. Around 15% to 25% of the time, it is more prevalent during the first trimester of pregnancy. Most women who experienced early bleeding go on to have a healthy and successful pregnancy.
However, bleeding can also happen in the latter weeks of pregnancy, where it can be more serious and alarming than in the early weeks.
How much bleeding during pregnancy is normal?
Implantation bleeding or spotting commonly occurs during the first two weeks after you conceive. This happens due to the implantation of the fertilized egg in the lining of the uterus.
Spotting consists of droplets of blood that only becomes noticeable after you wipe your vagina with a tissue or if you notice a brownish, pinkish stain on your underwear.
Remember that spotting is different from bleeding. Spotting refers to small amounts of blood or droplets, while bleeding is a heavy flow of blood that can completely soak a menstrual pad.
Make sure to give your doctor a heads up if you experience any type of bleeding during pregnancy.
What causes heavy bleeding during pregnancy?
The common causes of bleeding during the first trimester are: