Is it normal to bleed in pregnancy? See what can be

It is not always normal to bleed in pregnancy. The manifestation depends on some factors such as gestational age and the cause of the bleeding.

For example: the displacement of the egg or placenta in the first few months can generate small bleeds that indicate that something is wrong.

On the other hand, in the final weeks, the expulsion of the mucous plug can also generate bleeding due to the rupture of small blood vessels. But this is normal.

In general, bleeding during pregnancy is a cause for concern if accompanied by severe pain, fever and fainting.

Pregnancy time can also determine whether blood flow is a concern. In most cases, bleeding after 3 months of gestation tends to be uncommon.

In case of doubts or suspicions, seek medical assistance.

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When can bleeding occur during pregnancy?

The bleeding in pregnancy can happen every month, but is not always a sign that something is wrong. After fertilization and before delivery, nesting and expulsion of the mucous plug can cause blood flows that are normal. But infections and internal wounds are conditions that can cause abnormal bleeding.

Nesting (at the beginning of pregnancy)

Right after the fertilization of the egg, it attaches itself to the wall of the uterus (nesting). This can cause a little bleeding, which lasts for about 2 days and is pink in color.

It may be accompanied by cramps and other symptoms similar to menstrual (such as pain in the breasts and swelling caused by fluid retention).

Nesting can take up to 15 days after fertilization to happen and is often one of the first signs that indicate pregnancy.

Read more: What is nesting, symptoms and when it occurs

5th and 6th weeks of gestation

In the first 3 months, the woman may have a darker discharge similar to coffee grounds or an intense red bleeding.

This can happen for several reasons such as egg displacement, spontaneous abortion or ectopic pregnancy (outside the uterus).

In such cases, vaginal discharge or bleeding are accompanied by cramps, nausea and fever.

If this happens, it is recommended to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

After intercourse

It is not normal to have bleeding after intercourse, especially if the woman is pregnant.

This bleeding during pregnancy may have been caused by several reasons: the vaginal canal that is more sensitive, some injury that was caused during intercourse, or an infection that may have been transmitted.

If the flow is accompanied by severe pain, burning or burning sensation, fever or bleeding does not stop within 1 hour, medical assistance should be sought urgently.

This is because only a doctor will be able to assess the situation, discover the cause of the bleeding and treat it correctly.

Read more: Bleeding during sex: what can it be?

Mucous plug

As childbirth approaches, the woman’s body tends to prepare for that moment, with uterine contractions, dilations of the vaginal canal and expulsion of the mucous plug.

The mucous plug is a mucus barrier that forms at the end of the vaginal canal. Its main function is to protect the baby from bacteria, viruses and fungi that may enter the vagina.

But for the baby to be born through the vaginal canal, this tampon needs to be expelled, which can cause small bleeds that last a few hours and do not have intense volume, pain or fever.

After the expulsion of the mucous plug, labor can begin in a few hours or take weeks to happen.