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What Causes Bleeding During Pregnancy Other Than Miscarriage


What Causes Bleeding During Pregnancy Other Than Miscarriage

In this article, we will discuss what causes bleeding during pregnancy other than miscarriage. The moment you get the news of your pregnancy, so start daydreaming about your bundle of joy. You think what it will be, what will call your baby, when will it arrives and many more things. You feel yourself on the cloud nine and want to share this news with your near dear ones and to the whole world.

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But what if someday you wake up and see some spots of blood on your underpants. Obviously, you will think the worst. Bleeding during pregnancy is always taken as miscarriage, but it’s not necessary that every time it is the sign of miscarriage. There are many other reasons also that causes bleeding during pregnancy. In more than 30% pregnancies, females bleed during the first trimester which is very common.

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The color of the blood also gives an indication. Dark red or brown blood means it is old so it doesn’t matter and this means that it will not affect your pregnancy. Whereas, on the other hand, bright red blood means it is fresh and it may impact the pregnancy. In such case, you must consult your doctor and follow the given precautions.

Causes of bleeding during pregnancy

A woman may experience bleeding or spotting during her pregnancy because of the following causes.

1. Infection

There can be Uterine or Urinary Tract Infection that can cause bleeding or spotting during pregnancy. If there is a bacterial infection, then it is necessary to take proper treatment with sensitive antibiotics. An untreated infection can lead to premature labor or any other problem in the body. Also, if the bleeding is heavy then you must consult your gynecologist immediately.

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2. Implantation Bleeding

Implantation bleeding is light bleeding or spotting that occurs within the first month of conception. This happens when the embryo (fertilized egg) joins the uterus lining and starts growing. This is the initial symptom of conception that can also occur after pregnancy is confirmed.

Implantation bleeding is absolutely harmless and approximately happens to 10-30% of pregnancies. It can occur for few days and resembles to light period. It is similar to periods but the only difference is that it is light in volume.

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3. Sex

You should minimize sex after conceiving or should follow the safe sex positions to avoid bleeding and other complications. During sex, there would be pressure over the cervical area and that causes light bleeding or spotting.

When a woman conceives, small blood vessels called blood capillaries form the high oxygen demand of the mother and the fetus. Some of these blood capillaries develop in the vagina and cervix as well which are so delicate. These capillaries can easily rupture during the intercourse, so it advisable to avoid sex to prevent bleeding.

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4. Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy means that the fertilized egg is not growing the uterus and is growing in one of the fallopian tubes or somewhere else. Bleeding or spotting is one of the symptoms of ectopic pregnancy. If in the early pregnancy, a woman bleeds or find spots, it is assumed that it might be an ectopic pregnancy or tubal pregnancy. With the help of ultrasound, you can check where the embryo is growing.

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5. Uterine Rupture

It occurs in the later stages of pregnancy and generally happens to those women who have 3 or 4 surgeries or caesarian. In this, the uterine wall becomes weak because of the previous surgeries and so there are chances of separating the uterus. A uterine rupture is an emergency, so it is the time to rush to doctor immediately.


In this article, we have discussed what causes bleeding during pregnancy other than miscarriage. It is very painful for the couple who are so excited to have a baby but suddenly experience bleeding. Though it is o necessary that this bleeding is because of miscarriage or something serious, it can be because of other reasons also. It is better to consult your gynecologist if you find anything different in your pregnancy to avoid any confusion or doubts and also to have a healthy baby.

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