Vaginal Bleeding During Pregnancy

In early pregnancy, vaginal bleeding may be caused because the level of your pregnancy hormone is not sufficiently high to stop your period.

The bleeding will be scanty and it will occur when a period would have been due. Such bleeding is not a miscarriage.

The doctor may give injection of progesterone hormone or advise bed rest. Sometimes a few drops of blood may appear after intercourse, or a vaginal examination by the doctor.

Late in pregnancy, bright- red bleeding, like that which flows at the height of a period, is serious, although quite rare. It can be caused by the placenta, the organ that nourishes the baby, detaching from the wall of the uterus.

The seriousness will depend on how large a portion of the placenta has separated from the uterus. The doctor should be informed immediately.You might be advised to go to the hospital for bed rest.

Lying down increases the blood flow to the uterus and if the placenta is not firmly rooted, gives it a chance to root itself firmly to the wall of the uterus. If bleeding stops and all is well with the baby, you will be permitted to go home in a few days. In this case it is wise to avoid intercourse and orgasm until after the baby is born.

Sometimes bleeding is caused by the placenta lying too low between the baby’s head and the mouth of the womb. This is called placenta previa and means delivery by Cesarean section.

It could also mean bed rest at home or hospital, before the birth of the baby. Any physical movement such as running or jumping can temporarily raise the blood pressure, but it remains to normalcy after a period of rest.Excessive weight gain could raise blood pressure.

Also, a stressful lifestyle or a nervous breakdown, easily agitated and highly strung person tends to e prone to blood pressure. It is therefore important to rest when you feel you are getting tired and tense.

Avoid unnecessary nerve-racking activity, like watching a late night horror or violent movie. If you have high blood pressure, try taking a warm bath before getting into bed at night. It will help you relax and sleep better.