Questions of a new mum-to-be!
1. I am experiencing light bleeding, is this normal?
Although in the vast majority of cases there is nothing to worry about, bleeding in pregnancy is unfortunately not normal. We would advise all women to be seen by an early pregnancy specialist and to have a scan to check the pregnancy is progressing well and is correctly located.
2. Is it common for women to experience bleeding in early pregnancies?
Bleeding in pregnancy is common and around 20% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage.It is often a cause of great distress until a medical assessment has confirmed the pregnancy is fine. It is a time that many women need additional support and follow-up scans after the initial scan are usually necessary even if the first scan is okay.
Bleeding in early Pregnancy (continued)…
3. When should I be concerned about bleeding?
Any bleeding is a concern and is a sign of a possible miscarriage. Some women after assessment may be prescribed some medicine to help support the pregnancy through the first trimester.
4. Is it normal to experience discomfort/ pain?
Mild discomfort is a frequent complaint as the ligaments stretch. Period pain or moderate to severe pain is a cause for concern and may be a sign that the pregnancy is not in the womb – (which is described as an ectopic pregnancy) or that a miscarriage is about to occur.
5. When should I be concerned about pain/ discomfort?
Persistent pain and pain that is increasing is a cause for concern and requires assessment by a doctor as soon as possible. If it associated with heavy bleeding, dizziness, fainting or shoulder tip pain the patient requires immediate assessment to rule out an ectopic pregnancy. If a fever is present again emergency review is needed to rule out an infection.