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is some slight fetal bleeding normal or is any amount a dangerous indicator?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Depends: Technically bleeding during pregnancy does not typically come from the fetus. Usually bleeding during pregnancy comes from the cervix or placenta. 50% of all pregnant women will have some bleeding in the first trimester. Bleeding in the second and third trimester is more concerning and should be evaluated immediately.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Depends: It is typically normal to have a little "streaking" but anything more should at least have you alert your OB and ask if you need to be seen for examination.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Should I be concerned if I am not feeling fetal movements at 28 weeks?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: You should talk to your doctor. Some women perceive movements less than others. This may be due to the position of the placenta. A more concerning scenario would be if the baby moved a certain amount all the time and suddenly stopped moving. You should talk to your doctor immediately if something like that happened.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to experience prolonged bleeding after cvs?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: A cvs does carry a risk of miscarriage so if your bleeding is very heavy or lasting for more than a few days you should see your doctor.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is fetal distress?

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Dr. Cassandra Ndiforchu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 49 years experience
Low fetal health: A decrease in fetal well-being can happen for several reasons. Fetal distress can occur during the pregnancy or during labor. The warning signs are a decrease in the usual daily level of movement, greenish material present in a sample of the amniotic fluid, a decrease in the heart beats on routine check or during a labor contraction.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Absent normal heart rate variation during labor could also be a sign, as well as persistent fetal tachycardia.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

I'm bleeding in my 7th week of pregnancy should I be worried?

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Dr. Kamel Sadek
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Vaginal bleeding during the first trimester of pregnancy can be a sign of threatened abortion. It can be more serious if you are having abdominal/pelvic pain. Call your OB on call or if you do not have one, go to an emergency room for an ultrasound.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How will pericardial effusion affect the fetus?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
Hydrops.: Fetal pericardial effusions can lead to tamponade and worsening heart failure with hydrops and fetal loss. Depending on their cause they may be amenable to fetal interventions and/or early delivery at a tertiary care center.

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