Bleeding and Spotting During Pregnancy

Placenta Previa

Placenta previa occurs when the placenta lies low in the uterus partly or completely covers the baby's access to the birth canal. It is serious. Bleeding usually occurs without pain. Contact your health provider immediately.

Placenta Abruption

Vaginal bleeding can be caused by the placenta detaching from the uterine wall before or during labor. Placenta abruption usually occurs during the last 12 weeks of pregnancy and affects about 1 percent of women.

Preterm Labor

A small amount of mucus and blood passing from the cervix might indicate preterm labor. Discharge during late pregnancy is common. If it occurs earlier, call your provider.

Signs of preterm labor include:

  • Vaginal discharge (watery, mucus, or bloody)
  • Pelvic or lower abdominal pressure
  • Low, dull backache
  • Diarrhea or stomach cramps
  • Regular contractions

Now that you have a better idea of what's normal, and what's not, you should be able to relax a bit more and enjoy your pregnancy!