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Pregnancy and bleeding

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Bleeding during pregnancy

Trusted information on bleeding during pregnancy including the causes and finding out the cause of the bleeding, plus links to trusted resources.

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Types of miscarriage

There are several types of miscarriage – threatened, inevitable, complete, incomplete or missed. There are also other types of pregnancy loss such as ectopic, molar pregnancy and a blighted ovum.

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Miscarriage

A miscarriage refers to the loss of a baby during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. The majority of miscarriages occur in the early stages of pregnancy, mostly during the first three months of pregnancy or 'first trimester'.

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Bleeding or pain in early pregnancy

One in 4 women will experience bleeding and/or pain during their first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Unfortunately half of these pregnancies may also end in miscarriage, which cannot be prevented.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Threatened miscarriage

Bleeding in early pregnancy is very common. Sometimes the bleeding is an early sign of a miscarriage (loss of the pregnancy) or an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. In most cases however, the pregnancy will proceed normally.

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Complications during pregnancy

Some women will experience complications such as bleeding, itching, high blood pressure or severe vomiting during pregnancy that will require treatment.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Vitamin K at birth

All newborn babies have low levels of vitamin K. It is recommended that all babies are given vitamin K at birth to prevent a bleeding problem called Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB).

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Miscarriage

A miscarriage is the unintended ending of a pregnancy. Many pregnanies end ina miscarriage - about 15 to 20 percent (about 1 in 5) of recognised pregnancies - most often in the early weeks of pregnancy, but sometimes later in the pregnancy.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is when the baby starts to develop outside the uterus (womb), most commonly in a Fallopian tube. The Fallopian tubes connect the ovaries to the uterus. Another term for an ectopic pregnancy is a tubal pregnancy - however ectopic pregnancies can also occur in the ovary or cervix.

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5 weeks pregnant: Key points

The fifth week of pregnancy begins around the time your menstrual bleeding is due and is a good time to take a pregnancy test to confirm that you are pregnant. You are also likely to begin experiencing pregnancy symptoms like fatigue, morning sickness and changes to your breasts this week. Your baby is still only about 1.5mm long but it is developing rapidly and taking on a more human form. If you have not already visited your doctor the 5th week of pregnancy is a good time to do so.

Read more on Parenthub website

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