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Bleeding at any point during pregnancy can be scary. If you are here, you are most likely experiencing some bleeding at 9 weeks pregnant.
This article, provided by MyBump2Baby, will go through the causes of bleeding in pregnancy and what you should do if it occurs.
Is Bleeding During Early Pregnancy Normal?
Light bleeding or spotting, with no pain, is common before 12 weeks of pregnancy (or during the first trimester).
Whilst spotting or light bleeding in early pregnancy- or in this case, at 9 weeks pregnant- usually is no cause for concern, it is advised to contact your early pregnancy unit to ensure there are no issues. If you experience heavy bleeding or abnormal bleeding, you should contact your doctor immediately- especially if it is accompanied cramping at 9 weeks pregnant.
If you are experiencing bleeding after 12 weeks of pregnancy, or during late pregnancy, you should contact your local maternity unit or go to A&E as this is not normal.
It is important to note that many pregnant women who experience bleeding go on to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
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What can cause bleeding at 9 weeks pregnant?
Vaginal bleeding at 9 weeks pregnant- or early pregnancy- can occur for a number of reasons.
Implantation bleeding- which occurs when the fertilized egg attaches onto the uterine lining- typically occurs during 10 – 14 DPO or days past ovulation, but there have been cases where pregnant women have experienced implantation bleeding after 8 weeks of pregnancy. Implantation symptoms include:
- Vaginal spotting or light bleeding
An early miscarriage, or early pregnancy loss, is when pregnancy loss occurs within the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Symptoms of early miscarriage include:
- Red bleeding that requires a pad
- Back or stomach pain or cramping
Some pregnant women experience threatened miscarriages- which is where there is ongoing bleeding- either with or without pain- but the woman remains pregnant.
If you suspect that you are having a miscarriage, you should consult your nearest health care provider or early pregnancy unit as soon as possible. Upon arrival, they will give you an ultrasound scan to access the situation.
Ectopic pregnancies are pregnancies that occur outside of the womb- typically within a fallopian tube.
Symptoms of ectopic pregnancy include:
- Tummy pain on just one side
- Discomfort when peeing or pooping
- Pain in the tip of your shoulder
Ectopic pregnancies can be life-threatening and are medical emergencies, and if you suspect that you may have an ectopic pregnancy, you should consult your doctor immediately.
A molar pregnancy is when the foetus does not form correctly, and the baby does not develop properly, within the womb. Symptoms of a molar pregnancy can include:
- Particularly strong morning sickness
- Abnormally swollen tummy
Placental abruption is an uncommon and serious complication of pregnancy- where the placenta partly or entirely separates from the uterine wall. If left untreated, the placental abruption can block the baby’s supply of oxygen and cause heavy bleeding for the mother.
Symptoms of placental abruption include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abdominal pain
- Uterine contractions
- Back pain
Your Cervix is Softer During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, your cervix changes and becomes softer due to pregnancy hormones and increased blood supply. Since your cervix is softer, it can be much more susceptible to irritation or damage.
This can cause bleeding to occur after sexual intercourse- also known as post-coital bleeding.
Bleeding during pregnancy can be due to a vaginal infection. Signs of vaginal infection include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Unusual discharge
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