Bleeding During Pregnancy Women's Health Symptoms

Bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy is quite common. However, if you’re ever unsure or nervous, please contact your doctor or nurse. You can tell them about your symptoms and they can offer advice on whether or not you should come in.


Bleeding During the First Trimester

Bleeding during the first trimester can occur during implantation which takes 6-12 days after conception.


After intercourse during the first trimester, some pregnant women experience bleeding because the cervix is tender and sensitive. If bleeding occurs, stop and consult your doctor.

Bleeding During the Second or Third Trimester

If bleeding occurs in the second or even third trimester, definitely visit your doctor.


This will eliminate any of the following possibilities:


The loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy.

Besides bleeding, women may experience:

  • Strong cramps in abdomen
  • Tissue passing through the vagina

Ectopic Pregnancy

The egg attaches itself to the fallopian tube instead of the uterus.

Besides bleeding, women may experience:

  • Strong cramps, usually stronger than menstrual cramps
  • Sharp pain in the abdominal area
  • Low levels of hCG (the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin)

Molar Pregnancy

A growth of abnormal tissue forms instead of an embryo.

Besides bleeding, women may experience:

  • Blood tests reveal unusually high hCG levels
  • Absence of fetal heart (Heard through ultrasound)
  • Grape-like clusters are seen in the uterus by an ultrasound