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In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, many women experience light spotting or bleeding.  Although these first weeks of pregnancy are a time when miscarriage is most likely, statistically half of the women who bleed in these early stages go on to have healthy pregnancies.

Bleeding during any stage of the pregnancy can be a sign of a serious problem.  If you experience bleeding during your pregnancy, you should contact your health care provider immediately.

In many cases, no specific reason is found for bleeding during pregnancy, especially in the early weeks.  The bleeding may stop and the pregnancy may continue, or the bleeding/pain/discharge may become worse and lead to a miscarriage.  Some women mistake premenstrual symptoms for early pregnancy signs.  If you have not tested positive for pregnancy yet, the bleeding may be the onset of a regular menstrual cycle. 

Miscarriage
It is important to know the signs of a miscarriage to be able to handle the situation in the best manner.  The symptoms of a miscarriage include:

    Vaginal Bleeding
    Low abdominal cramps that may be stronger than usual menstrual cramps
    Tissue passing through the vagina


Common Causes in the First Half of Pregnancy

An Indication of Spontaneous Abortion – it is estimated that about 50% of pregnancies end up being spontaneously aborted by the body due to genetic problems.   Most of these abortions occur before a woman is even aware of her pregnancy and are therefore accepted as the onset of a regular period.

Cervical Infections – can be a cause of bleeding at any stage of pregnancy.

Yeast Infections – the presence of an abnormal amount of yeast may irritate the vagina enough to cause bleeding.  Intercourse may aggravate the irritation.   Yeast infections may occur at any time during pregnancy.

Ectopic Pregnancy – if the fertilized egg implants itself in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus, this is known as an Ectopic pregnancy.  The fallopian tubes are not meant to support pregnancy and can not expand to support fetal growth.  Ectopic pregnancies can cause significant bleeding and may cause the affected woman fatigue, fainting or shock. 

Molar Pregnancies – although rare, a molar pregnancy is a condition in which there is an abnormal growth of tissue in the uterus that is not an embryo.


 

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