Are you bleeding during pregnancy? You probably don’t need to add blood to your list of pregnancy symptoms, but surprisingly it is quite common. Many women bleed during their first, second, or third trimester. Sometimes, especially during the early weeks of pregnancy, light bleeding is no sign of harm. Unfortunately, there are other times, bleeding is the first sign that something is wrong in the pregnancy. Sometimes, the bleeding is treatable; other times, it isn’t. But, either way, it is your job to take care of yourself and your baby and find out what is wrong and how you can solve it if treatable. If you want to know how to stop bleeding during pregnancy, continue reading.
But, keep in mind, miscarriages are very common and you have a high probability of having a miscarriage in your early weeks of miscarriage. It will be very difficult for you and your partner to lose your baby. Please, seek help even if you do not think you need it. The feelings are very overwhelming and talking about them can give you the courage you need to cherish the moments of your pregnancy no matter how long it lasted and give you the courage to try again and not give up. You can always contact me at any time to talk. Now, let’s get back to the topic. Here is how to stop bleeding during pregnancy.
In this post, the following will be discussed.
- What to do if you are bleeding during pregnancy?
- How to stop bleeding during pregnancy?
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. This is not medical advice. If you are experiencing bleeding during your pregnancy, contact your doctor. Also, this post may contain affiliate links. I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.
What to do if you are bleeding during pregnancy?
- Step 1: The first thing you should do is monitor how much blood is coming out. Put a pantiliner on and watch. If you are only 4 weeks and have a bit of spotting, that could simply have implantation bleeding which is literally the embryo going deeper into your uterine lining. This is totally normal. If you are bleeding a lot, having abdominal pain, and/or cramping, you should be alarmed.
- Step 2: The second thing you should do is contact a doctor. Tell her how much you are bleeding and how you are feeling. Even if you are just simply spotting, contact a doctor because it could be a sign that something is wrong. You may also start off with spotting and then begin bleeding more heavily.
- Step 3: The third thing you should do is follow your doctor’s direction. If she/he tells you to go to the emergency room, do it. That is because you may have something dangerous like an ectopic pregnancy. If not diagnosed quickly, your fallopian tube may burst.
- Step 4: The fourth thing to do is to keep a watch on your condition and bleeding and tell your doctor if anything changes. Make sure to keep an eye on everything including amount of bleeding, if anything makes it worse, how you are feeling and ect..
How to stop bleeding during pregnancy?
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Here are some ways to help stop and prevent bleeding during pregnancy.
1- It will stop on its own.
So, I mentioned before that spotting during early pregnancy is quite common. It could be simply implantation bleeding, and if that is the case no need to do anything. It will go away in a few days and it should not bother you much since it is just spotting for a day or two. Also, sometimes, you may spot during your fifth or sixth week of pregnancy. It may stop on its own. So, just contact your doctor, and do not worry much. First trimester bleeding is very common and is usually normal.
2- Bed Rest.
Bed rest is sometimes recommended to help prevent threatened miscarriages, unexplained bleeding during pregnancy, baby growth problems or threatened preterm labor. Bed rest includes sleeping in the bed all day except when you need to go to the bathroom or just staying in bed for a set amount of hours every day.
I need to say there is no research or evidence that bed rest can actually help you achieve a successful pregnancy. Doctors only recommend it because they believe it why not try it since it doesn’t cause harm. But, research now suggests that bed resting can do more harm than good. It can cause blood clots, unnecessary stopping of miscarriage for a very short period of time (once you get up you will lose the baby), muscle weakness, anxiety and depression. It can also cause problems later on during you pregnancy. So, talk to your doctor about these concerns and side effects.
Some may not recommend bed rest, but pelvic rest instead. That means you should have sexual intercourse or any sexual related activity like inserting things into the vaginal area. Please follow these directions. If you are bleeding or have a high risk pregnancy, putting you on a pelvic rest is a good thing. Sexual intercourse can cause pelvic pressure and can cause you to have contractions. You do not want contraction if you are bleeding because it can make things much worse. Trust your doctor they are just trying to help you, and keep the pregnancy as safe as possible.
3-Decrease the risk of bleeding.
Did you know there are ways to minimize risk of bleeding in the future? It is quite simple too. You need to live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthier, attend all doctor appointments, follow doctor’s direction, avoid stress, maintain a healthy weight and avoid harmful food which I will list later in this article. Make your health your top priority. Everything you do to your body will either help or harm your baby. Keep that in mind, it will help you when you are less motivated to eat healthy and live healthily. These steps can help prevent all pregnancy complications in your future pregnancies.
4- See a doctor.
Only a doctor can help you. Bleeding can occur during pregnancy for so may reasons. How to stop bleeding during pregnancy starts by finding the problem and solving. Only a doctor can diagnose the problems. For example, if you have a blood clotting disorder, you may begin spotting during early pregnancy and then eventually the bleeding will get heavier and you will miscarry. A doctor can diagnose you with a blood clotting disorder and give you medication to prevent the blood to clot; then, you will stop bleedign and a miscarriage would be less likely. You may be bleeding because of low progesterone levels. A doctor can perscribe you progesterone pills that will prevent a miscarriage. You may have uncontrolled diabeties or any other problem that only your doctor can help you with. Trust me, just go to the doctor, explain your symptoms, get necessary tests done, listen carefully, and follow the doctor’s directions throughly.
5- Avoid foods that can cause miscarriage.
I mentioned before there are foods that are believed to increase the risk of miscarriage. Some don’t believe food can cause bleeding and miscarriages, but just avoid them.
- Pineapple: Pineapples can soften the cervix and cause uterine contractions because they have a certain material in them called bromelain that causes these side effects. This can cause preterm labor.
- Sesame Seeds With Honey: This can cause many complications during pregnancy especially in the first few weeks of pregnancy.
- Raw food like eggs and cooked liver can cause miscarriages (liver may have been taken from a sick animal).
- Papaya can cause miscarriages because it caused uterine contractions.
- Aloe Vera can cause contractions and uterine bleeding. The bleeding can lead to a miscarriage.
- Coffee can cause miscarriages or weight problems in baby.
6- Sometimes, there is nothing you can do.
I remember goign to the emergency room because I was bleeding in early pregnancy 4 weeks. I freaked out and started crying because this was my miracle baby after two years of unexplained infertility. Thinking I was going to have a miscarriage and lose my mericle baby, I was not hopeful. I got to the emergency room and the first thing the doctor told me was if your baby has a genetic problem or is not developing normally, there is nothing you or I can do to stop the miscarriage. I knew that was true, but I went to the emergency room to make sure I wasn’t having an ectopic. But, the point here is sometimes embroyos are just npt strong enough to live and you can rest, avoid certain foods, and do the entire list above, but nothing will change the outcome. It may delay the miscarriage, but you will still have a miscarriage. That is why most doctors see pregnant women at 8 weeks of their pregnancy. Before then, the rate of miscarriage is so high and there may not be any answer to how to stop bleeding during pregnancy.
Conclusion “How To Stop Bleeding During Pregnancy”
Follow the guidelines above to stop bleeding during pregnancy. Just because you are bleeding doe not mean you will definitely have a miscarriage. You may be having a miscarriage, and sometimes there is nothing you or a doctor can do about it. If this happens, stay positive please and believe that your baby is waiting for you in heaven and don;t give up on a successful pregnancy no matter how many miscarriages you have experienced. Leave a comment below or direct message me on Facebook. I will try my best to help you!
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