Bleeding during pregnancy is a really frightening symptom. Nonetheless, not all bleeding is dangerous. Knowledge of the types and causes of bleeding in pregnancy will save women a lot of worry and unnecessary emergency visits to the physician.
Before we talk about the types of bleeding while being pregnant, let’s review some general facts about bleeding during pregnancy.
· Contrary to popular belief, bleeding while being pregnant is fairly common during pregnancy. Almost 25 women out of 100 will go through some bleeding in pregnancy.
· Bleeding mostly occurs in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy followed by second and the minimum rates of bleeding in third trimester. However bleeding in the third trimester is usually unsafe and you should contact your OB immediately.
· Most bleeding in the first trimester is minor in nature and does not really need specific management. However bleeding during the second and third trimester shows dangerous pathology and needs to be examined instantly.
Here are the 2 major types of Bleeding During Pregnancy
· Decidual Bleeding
· Implantation Bleeding
Difference between Decidual Bleeding and implantation Bleeding
Decidual Bleeding: It is a name given to a condition that is exemplified by deficient shedding of the lining of the uterus during the first 12-16 weeks of pregnancy. Decidual Bleeding always occurs in early pregnancy. According to health specialists, this type of bleeding starts from the specific part of the Decidual that is yet opened by the growing placenta and embryo. Decidual Bleeding is not popular as a medical term. The condition is usually simply referred to as First-Trimester Bleeding.
Implantation Bleeding: It is not strange that some women experience implantation bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy. If any bleed appears outside implantation bleeding is segregated as a threatened miscarriage, meaning the pregnancy is endangering to miscarriage. About twenty-five of all endangered miscarriages settle down and a normal pregnancy takes place.
Signs and Symptoms of Decidual Bleeding
The signs and symptoms of decidual bleeding is that is leads to bleeding from the Decidua which is known as the innermost lining of the uterus or epithelial tissue of the endometrium. The endometrium is the mucous membrane lining the uterus. The Decidual is commonly lost during each period of menstruation.
The bleeding in cases like this may be similar to discharge of blood during a menstrual period. Decidual blood release can keep women from knowing about their pregnant status. These Decidual Bleeding signs are usually harmless. However, it can also be a symptom of severe conditions sometimes. It is for this reason that medical professionals recommend that pregnant women should notify medical practitioners about any amount or type of vaginal bleeding.
Signs and Symptoms of Implantation Bleeding
Signs and symptoms can differ from one pregnant woman to another. It commonly mild in nature and is much lighter than an usual menstrual period
What Do they Look Like?
Decidual Bleeding is exemplified by odd, fibrous blood clots that the woman releases.
Implantation Bleeding is depends on how lengthy it takes from the blood to reach the exterior of your body. The color of the blood loss can differ from bright red to brown in nature. Bright red blood loss implies that there is a dynamic area of bleeding within the womb and blood is gushing from the area of implantation to the outside of your body rapidly.
Brown blood loss shows an old bleed. In case you get brown bleeding it usually signifies that when the fertilized egg cremated it way into the womb, a small amount of blood was released. The bleeding that took place at the moment of implantation remained in the womb for a while so by the time you notice it on your underwear or when you wash yourself it appeared as brown implantation bleeding.
How Long Do They Last?
Decidual bleeding is a type of bleeding not usually stays for more than 24 hours. The volume of bleeding is usually much less than it happens in a normal menstrual period. It may be accompanied with an uncomfortable sensation. In some women, there may also be a heavy sensation and even pain.
Implantation bleeding takes place very early in pregnancy as a direct reaction to the fertilized egg; snuggling and burying its way into the lining of your womb. Implantation bleeding takes place when conception occurred or ten to fourteen days after the egg has been fertilized. Also this is around the time when your menstrual cycles would be expected. In some cases, the bleeding last only a few minutes to a few days. If it persists more than a one to two days then it may be a sign of contamination or an endangered miscarriage.
Dr. Challotine Cius-Bonds, DNM, ND, HHP, NHP, MH, NC