Pregnancy is accompanied by many new feelings, pains and changes, not the least of which includes a lot of strange things happening down below.
It can be scary to have bleeding or strange discharge during pregnancy, but most of the time this is completely normal. As long as you’re informed on what to expect, and know when to see a medical professional, you won’t have any problems.
Below you’ll find an explanation of some of the most common causes of pregnancy bleeding and discharge including ones that you may experience during the first and second trimester, as well as closer to going into labor.
Abnormal Discharge and Bleeding
If you experience any of the following, it’s important to see a medical professional as soon as possible:
- Yellow/Green Discharge – This may indicate an infection or thrush.
- Extreme Pain or Itching or Issues When Urinating – An indication of a urinary tract infection or thrush.
- Bright Red Blood – Bright red blood is usually fresh and can indicate a hemorrhage, miscarriage or other problem.
- Clots or Heavy Blood Flow – This may indicate a miscarriage, problem with the placenta or some other issue.
- Continual Bleeding – If you experience bleeding that continues for more than a few hours or spotting that occurs for more than a day. Or if you find that you’re changing a sanitary pad more than once per hour.
- Bleeding with Placental Issues – If you have a low laying placenta or placenta previa (placenta is laying over the cervix) and your experience any bleeding or other issues, you should seek medical advice.
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