Hi. What is the difference between a period and bleeding during pregnancy?

Different causes. Your period is just the shedding of the unused endometrial lining that occurs monthly. Bleeding during pregnancy could be several things from a threaten miscarriage (many reasons you bleed), placement of the placenta, or the worst outcome would be an ectopic pregnancy. The causes do change as you get further along in the pregnancy.

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How can one differentiate between a normal period and bleeding during pregnancy?

Pregnancy test . Easy. Take a test. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Read more...

Is heavy bleeding during pregnancy with large clots a definite sign of miscarriage? I had heavy bleeding with large clots for a few hours. I soaked through 4 pads in an hour. The bleeding has subsided to about the amount of a normal period. Because it has

Hello. . Hello. I am answering this six days after you wrote it. I hope you are ok at this time. The information you provided did not state how far along you are in pregnancy. If you soaked four pads in an hour, this is not mild spotting. This may well be a miscarriage. It can be defintively determined by an ultrasound, a serum HCG (to see if levels are dropping or rising), or if products of conception are identified. Take care. Read more...

Heard abt women bleeding during pregnancy being common. Should I test if I got 2 periods since incident? Both came 10 days late but normal w/ cramps

Can do preg. test. If a woman has a regular normal period after sex, then she is not pregnant. If she cannot be certain that her bleeding was a normal period, then she could possibly be pregnant. A urine pregnancy test (available in stores everywhere) done 3 weeks after the last time she had sex will give the answer. Be sure to read the instructions and do the test correctly. Read more...

When do women stop bleeding during pregnancy?

When hormones change. The conceptus ( early pregnancy) begins to create hormones that stop the cycle. This happens soon after the conceptus attaches to the wall of the womb. Those hormones are what turn a pregnancy test positive. Read more...

Treatment options for bleeding during pregnancy? Thanks!

Depends. First trimester spotting occurs in up to one third of pregnancies and usually requires no treatment. Second trimester bleeding is less common but also rarely requires treatment. Significant bleeding at any time during a viable pregnancy that results in anemia is treated with blood transfusions and attempts to address the cause - if life threatening, bleeding can sometines require delivery. Read more...
Need a sonogram. Most of the causes of bleeding during pregnancy depend on how far along the gestation. For example, bleeding in the first trimester is more likely associated with things like miscarriage. Bleeding later in pregnancy may be due to a variety of problems such as placenta previa and abruption. In either case a good abdominal or vaginal ultrasound and physical exam is a good place to start. Read more...