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About one in four women experience vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. The bleeding may or may not be serious. Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy can range from harmless, light spotting to very heavy bleeding.
At Dignity Health, we have a team of experts in obstetrical care that are committed to the health of you and your baby.
During the first trimester, some of the most common causes of vaginal bleeding are:
Vaginal bleeding during the second or third trimester may be due to:
Vaginal bleeding may be off and on or a steady flow. It can be bright red, brown, or pink. You may also have cramping and pain with vaginal bleeding.
If you’re experiencing vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, it’s important to talk to your doctor. This symptom requires further medical evaluation and should not be ignored. Your treatment will depend on the cause of vaginal bleeding.
Although there are no specific prevention strategies for vaginal bleeding in pregnancy, regular prenatal care throughout your pregnancy can help detect potential problems in pregnancy before they occur or become serious. See your doctor to create a plan for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.
Dignity Health provides compassionate care for women experiencing vaginal bleeding in pregnancy in Santa Cruz and Redwood City.