Written by Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
Bleeding can occur either in early pregnancy or late pregnancy.
The term 'early pregnancy' refers to the duration of pregnancy from the first missed period to the 13th week of pregnancy (1st trimester) according to some researchers.
Others however describe 'early pregnancy' to mean the duration of pregnancy from the implantation of the fertilized ovum to the 20th week of pregnancy.
For the sake of convenience, here, early pregnancy means pregnancy up to and including the 20th week of pregnancy.
Late pregnancy is described as the later part of the 2nd trimester and the entire 3rd trimester.
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy is a common complaint of many women. It can be due to a number of causes, some serious and some relatively less serious.
Some causes of bleeding can be quite serious and fatal for the baby:
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Bleeding in late pregnancy can occur due to simple causes like cervical erosion and cervical polyps. It can also occur due to serious causes like:
The answer is "Yes, you do need to see a doctor if you have bleeding in early pregnancy".
Conditions like implantation bleeding, cervical erosion and cervical polyp will cause mild to moderate spotting and is generally not accompanied by pain or cramping.
But if you have any of the following symptoms, please consult a doctor as early as you can:
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