Dating pregnancy irregular periods
Bleeding from the birth canal before 20 weeks is called a threatened abortion or miscarriage.The bleeding may or may not have abdominal pain associated with it.
Naturally most couples will worry about the long term implications of bleeding in the early pregnancy.Abdominal pain associated with the bleeding is not considered a good sign.Around one in four women will experience vaginal bleeding in the first three months of pregnancy.Avoidance of sexual intercourse is advised during any period of vaginal bleeding.Some recommend that sexual intercourse be avoided for two to three weeks after the bleeding has settled (Bennett & Brown, 1993).The blood loss may be brown spotting, blood stained discharge or bright red bleeding.
The amount of bleeding is proportional to the risk of miscarriage, the greater the bleeding the greater the risk of miscarriage (Beischer & Mackay, 1998).
However certain strategies are certainly worth a try.
If symptoms are acute, bed rest may be recommended.
Having a supportive environment with empathetic and understanding people around you is a big help.
Everybody copes in a different fashion, there is no right or wrong way.
If the pregnancy continues past 20 weeks around 95% of babies will survive and the incidence of any major abnormalities is increased by only 1.3% (Beischer & Mackay, 1988).