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What is vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?
Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is the discharge of blood from the vagina during pregnancy. It can occur at any stage of the pregnancy.
What causes vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?
There are many causes of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, including implantation, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, placental abruption, vasa praevia, and uterine rupture.
How is vaginal bleeding during pregnancy diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose vaginal bleeding by taking your detailed medical history, conducting a physical examination, and taking a blood sample for further testing. An ultrasound scan can also help with diagnosing the cause of the …
How is vaginal bleeding during pregnancy treated?
The treatment of vaginal bleeding will vary depending on the cause. Some cases require rest and hydration. More serious cases may require hospitalization, or emergency delivery of the baby.
Can vaginal bleeding during pregnancy be prevented?
As there is no known cause for many cases of vaginal bleeding, prevention may include not smoking, getting enough rest, attending prenatal check-ups, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, and limiting strenuous activity.
What is the outcome for vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?
The outcome for vaginal bleeding varies depending on the cause. Many women experience vaginal bleeding during their first trimester and go on to have a normal and healthy pregnancy. Some women may lose their pregnancy during …
Is vaginal bleeding during pregnancy serious?
The nature of vaginal bleeding can vary widely. Vaginal bleeding can be associated with some harmless and normal causes, but may also be associated with the loss of pregnancy, or stillbirth.
What increases the chances of developing vaginal bleeding during pregnancy?
Some causes of vaginal bleeding have known risk factors. Some of the more common risk factors for some types of vaginal bleeding include: vaginal bleeding in a previous pregnancy; caesarean delivery in a previous …
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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