Blood loss during pregnancy
In case of blood loss during pregnancy, you should always contact your midwife.
Around the expected menstrual period (two weeks after ovulation), you may lose a little blood even if you are pregnant. The fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus and sometimes a little blood is released as a result. This is called implantation bleeding. You may think you’re getting your period, but you’re not. This is also the time when you can take a pregnancy test.
The midwife will ask many questions to find out the cause of the bleeding. Questions she can ask are:
- Did you have sex? During pregnancy, the mucous membranes have extra blood flow. This is the reason pregnant women are more likely to get nosebleeds. The vagina and uterus also have better blood flow. During intercourse, a little wound may occur, causing you to lose some blood.
- What is the color and quantity of the blood?
- Was it a few drops or does the bleeding last longer?
- Is your stool harder or do you have hemorrhoids? If so, the blood may be coming from the anus instead of the vagina.
There are several causes of blood loss during pregnancy, and it does not always have to indicate a miscarriage. However, blood loss should always be taken seriously. Therefore, it is important to contact the midwife. If the midwife deems it necessary, an ultrasound can be made to see if the baby is okay.
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