Breakthrough bleeding, or abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, can be a sign of pregnancy, but there are also other factors that can cause this symptom to occur, according to WebMD. Breakthrough bleeding can occur early in pregnancy when the fertilized egg implants itself on the uterine lining, explains Mayo Clinic.Continue Reading
Often called spotting, breakthrough bleeding during pregnancy can also be caused by increased blood flow to the pelvis, explains Mayo Clinic. Heavier bleeding prior to 12 weeks may be caused by miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, according to WebMD, and a doctor should be consulted. Bleeding after 12 weeks may indicate placenta previa or another serious issue.
Breakthrough bleeding does not always point to pregnancy, as WebMD explains that this is also a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome, pelvic organ infections or pelvic inflammatory disease. Spotting may also occur in women who are taking certain kinds of birth control pills or using an intrauterine device to prevent pregnancy.Learn more about Pregnancy
According to Women's Health, decidual bleeding during pregnancy is caused by the coming apart of elements of the uterine lining and is common in the early stages of pregnancy before the placenta and lining have joined. Between 20 and 30 percent of women will have some type of vaginal or uterine bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy, and some women may continue to have decidual bleeding throughout their pregnancies.Full Answer >
It is not possible to menstruate while pregnant, but the American Pregnancy Association notes that some women experience light bleeding or spotting during pregnancy. However, this bleeding is not as heavy or as regular as a typical period. Any bleeding during pregnancy should not be enough to fill pads or tampons over a few days, and any bleeding to this degree can be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.Full Answer >
According to the American Pregnancy Association, abdominal pain and cramping are not abnormal during pregnancy, however, severe pain (particularly if coupled with contractions or vaginal bleeding) can be a cause for concern. A woman who is experiencing severe abdominal pain or cramping during pregnancy should contact their doctor immediately, or if necessary go to the nearest emergency room for evaluation.Full Answer >
According to WebMD, a pregnancy in the fallopian tubes is referred to as an ectopic pregnancy and the most common signs of the condition are vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain. The pain typically begins on one side and can be more severe upon moving or straining. Additional symptoms are similar to normal pregnancy symptoms and include nausea, tender breasts and fatigue.Full Answer >