Question by K.Lee: did anyone have heavy implantation bleeding?
Did anyone experience heavy bleeding like a period and then find out they were actually pregnant. Everyone is saying that implantation bleeding is very light and not like a regular period but my cousin bled like a period and went on to have a healthy prgnancy and delivered a 9lb baby girl. Anyone have a similar experience?
Answer by Melissa S
My sister in law had a lot of bleeding in her last pregnancy and went on to have a healthy baby. It depends on what other symptoms accompany the bleeding. But yes, implantation bleeding is usually light. Read the information I found below:
Bleeding During Pregnancy
Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy occurs frequently and may not be a sign of problems.
Vaginal bleeding can occur frequently in the first trimester of pregnancy and may not be a sign of problems. But bleeding that occurs in the second and third trimester of pregnancy can often be a sign of a possible complication. Bleeding can be caused by a number of reasons.
Some basic things to know about bleeding are:
* If you are bleeding, you should always wear a pad or panty liner so that you can monitor how much you are bleeding and what type of bleeding you are experiencing.
* You should never wear a tampon or introduce anything else into the vaginal area such as douche or sexual intercourse if you are currently experiencing bleeding.
* If you are also experiencing any of the other symptoms mentioned below in connection with a possible complication, you should contact your health care provider immediately.
First Half of Pregnancy:
Bleeding can be a sign of miscarriage but does not mean that miscarriage is imminent. Studies show that anywhere from 20-30% of women experience some degree of bleeding in early pregnancy. Approximately half of pregnant women who bleed do not have miscarriages. Approximately 15-20% of all pregnancies result in a miscarriage, and the majority occur during the first 12 weeks.
Signs of Miscarriage include:
* Vaginal bleeding
* Cramping pain felt low in the stomach (stronger than menstrual cramps)
* Tissue passing through the vagina
Most miscarriages cannot be prevented. They are often the body’s way of dealing with an unhealthy pregnancy that was not developing. A miscarriage does not mean that you cannot have a future healthy pregnancy or that you yourself are not healthy.
Ectopic pregnancies are pregnancies that implant somewhere outside the uterus. The fallopian tube accounts for the majority of ectopic pregnancies. Ectopic pregnancies are less common than miscarriages, occurring in 1 of 60 pregnancies.
Signs of Ectopic Pregnancies:
* Cramping pain felt low in the stomach (usually stronger than menstrual cramps)
* Sharp pain in the abdominal area
* Low levels of hCG
* Vaginal bleeding
Women are at a higher risk if they have had:
* An infection in the tubes
* A previous ectopic pregnancy
* Previous pelvic surgery
Molar pregnancies are a rare cause of early bleeding. Often referred to as a “mole”, a molar pregnancy involves the growth of abnormal tissue instead of an embryo. It is also referred to as gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD).
Signs of a Molar Pregnancy:
* Vaginal bleeding
* Blood tests reveal unusually high hCG levels
* Absent fetal heart tones
* Grape-like clusters are seen in the uterus by an ultrasound
What are common reasons for bleeding in the first half of pregnancy?
Since bleeding that occurs in the first half of pregnancy is so common (20-30%), many wonder what the causes are besides some of the complications already mentioned. Bleeding can occur in early pregnancy due to the following factors, aside from the above mentioned complications:
* Implantation bleeding is one of many normal pregnancy symptoms and can occur anywhere from 6-12 days after possible conception. Every woman will experience implantation bleeding differently—some will lightly spot for a few hours, while others may have some light spotting for a couple of days.
* Some type of infection in the pelvic cavity or urinary tract may cause bleeding.
* After intercourse some women may bleed because the cervix is very tender and sensitive. You should discontinue intercourse until you have been seen by your doctor. This is to prevent any further irritation—having normal sexual intercourse does not cause a miscarriage.
**the reasons for bleeding during second half of pregnancy can be found at the following website** i didn’t want to include too much.
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