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Can bleeding in the third trimester affect my baby?

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Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Vaginal bleeding in the third trimester is never normal and always requires immediate evaluation by a doctor. There are many different causes that only a physical exam can detect.
Bleeding can be from the placenta, which is the nutrition source for your baby.

In brief: Yes

Vaginal bleeding in the third trimester is never normal and always requires immediate evaluation by a doctor. There are many different causes that only a physical exam can detect.
Bleeding can be from the placenta, which is the nutrition source for your baby.
Dr. Brian Enggano
Dr. Brian Enggano
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

Placenta previa/accreta or placental abruption can cause preterm birth, fetal death and maternal hemorrhage.
Go to the emergency room for any vaginal bleeding in the third trimester (or any other pregnancy time, for that matter).

In brief: Yes.

Placenta previa/accreta or placental abruption can cause preterm birth, fetal death and maternal hemorrhage.
Go to the emergency room for any vaginal bleeding in the third trimester (or any other pregnancy time, for that matter).
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Needs evaluation

Bleeding during pregnancy should always be investigated.
In the third trimester, causes may be non harmful cervical changes to more concerning placental issues. Their effect on the baby really depends entirely in the cause. If it is noted after sex, and it is light, it may just be due to cervical irritation. That is ususally ok. Heavier bleeding requires an ultrasound and/or blood tests. Visit ob.

In brief: Needs evaluation

Bleeding during pregnancy should always be investigated.
In the third trimester, causes may be non harmful cervical changes to more concerning placental issues. Their effect on the baby really depends entirely in the cause. If it is noted after sex, and it is light, it may just be due to cervical irritation. That is ususally ok. Heavier bleeding requires an ultrasound and/or blood tests. Visit ob.
Dr. Hector Chapa
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