Ectopic Pregnancy Symptoms
There are three classic signs and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy
- abdominal pain,
- the absence of menstrual periods , and
- spotting (vaginal bleeding or intermittent bleeding).
However, approximately 50% of women with an ectopic pregnancy will not have all three signs.
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Bleeding during pregnancy the first trimester facts
- Vaginal bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy is relatively
- Some amount of light bleeding or spotting during pregnancy occurs in about
20% of pregnancies.
- In some cases, particularly when there is heavy bleeding and cramping,
bleeding during pregnancy is the sign of a serious problem.
- Implantation bleeding is bleeding that occurs when the fertilized egg
implants in the lining of the uterus. This happens around the time of the
expected menstrual period.
- Implantation bleeding may occur before a woman realizes she is pregnant.
- Serious causes of
vaginal bleeding in the
first trimester include
Is bleeding during pregnancy normal?
Vaginal bleeding during the first three months of
pregnancy is relatively common and usually is a cause of concern for the
mother. If bleeding during pregnancy occurs, the mother's anxiety may increase
in regard to the well-being of her developing baby. While early bleeding may
indicate the presence of a serious problem, this is frequently not the case.
In fact, approximately 20% of pregnant women experience light bleeding or
spotting during the
first trimester of pregnancy. Most go on to have uncomplicated pregnancies
and ultimately deliver a healthy baby.
If bleeding occurs during the first trimester, a panty liner or pad should be
worn so that the amount of bleeding can be estimated when you speak to your
health-care professional. However, you should not insert a tampon into the
vagina or douche.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/26/2016