Bleeding at the end of pregnancy can pose a threat to the life of both the mother and the child. Any amount of blood loss in late pregnancy should be reported to the doctor immediately.
Causes of bleeding in the third trimester may be:
- Placenta previa (wrong placenta location);
- Placenta abortion (early placenta discharge);
- rupture of a scar in the uterus
- vaginal trauma;
- Cervical cancer
- local injury;
- severe fungal or trichomonas infections, vascular infections or vulva;
- polyps (local growth) in the cervix or vagina;
- loss of mucous membrane and start of labor.
Contact your GP or obstetrician for any type of blood loss. Prepare to tell the doctor how much blood you've lost and what its color was. Your doctor will also ask you if your waters are broken, or you have smelled or have had a strange odor, secretion, or pain in your pelvis. Recent sexual intercourse, pelvic inspection and any form of vaginal trauma can be the cause of bleeding. If you have bleeding and your caregiver can not reach you, go to the nearest hospital immediately.
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