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Bleeding During First Trimester

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Bleeding During First Trimester

There are multiple reasons to experience bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy, depending on the woman and her unique medical history. Cervicitis, cervical polyps, sub-chorionic hemorrhage, decidual tissue, or reasons as simple as your body continuing to menstruate during pregnancy and even implantation issues can cause bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy. A few causes of bleeding during the first trimester require medical diagnosis and treatment, so make sure you see your doctor about it as soon as possible to prevent possible miscarriage or worse.

Cervical Problems

Cervicitis happens when the cervical cells bleed during the process of sexual intercourse or anything that alters the pH balance in the vagina. It can also occur due to the cervical cells becoming infected for a variety of reasons. A yeast infection is the most common cause of cervicitis, but STDs are also able to cause similar symptoms and warrant a trip to your health professional to have them ruled out, especially if you are sexually active.

Cervical polyps can also cause bleeding, and they are simple growths of harmless tissue normally that are simply due to the estrogen levels that occur during pregnancy. In most cases they offer only a minor annoyance and are self-resolved during a vaginal delivery. If you and your health practitioner prefer, they can also be removed during one of the prenatal checkups throughout the pregnancy. It is recommended to have them removed during a checkup rather than waiting for delivery to ensure bleeding does not cause any more worry as the pregnancy progresses.

Hemorrhage and Tissue Issues

A sub-chorionic hemorrhage is another reason for vaginal bleeding during the first trimester, described simply as a small clot that typically resolves itself without a serious problem. There is a very small chance that the clot can enter the area where the placenta is attached to the uterine wall and cause the placenta to detach, thus causing the pregnancy to be lost.

Decidual tissue can cause light bleeding or spotting when a small piece of tissue dissolves. When the decidual tissue dissolves, it can closely mirror a miscarriage and can cause the expectant mother to worry. If the tissue is gray in color, it could possibly be fetal or placental tissue and should warrant immediate medical attention. When it appears that there is any pregnancy-related tissue, it is likely to signal an end to the pregnancy, but it could signify an incomplete miscarriage.


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