Bleeding during pregnancy can be a very scary thing – after the joy of finding out you’re pregnant, seeing the sight of blood can make your heart sink. But not all causes of bleeding result in a miscarriage or mean that you’re having one. Breakthrough bleeding is one of those things.
Some women may experience what is known as breakthrough bleeding at around the time when their period would have normally been due. So depending on your cycle, this would be at around 4, 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is often accompanied by the feeling that you would normally associate with your period arriving i.e. back ache, cramps, a heavy sensation in your pelvis, feeling bloated and ‘off’.
Of course the period doesn’t arrive (even though you feel like it will) because you are actually pregnant! During pregnancy, hormones prevent your monthly period from occurring. Sometimes the hormone levels are not yet high enough to stop your period and therefore you have what is called breakthrough bleeding.
Breakthrough bleeding can last for around three months – after this time the placenta begins to take over hormone production from your ovaries. Some women may experience bleeding throughout their whole pregnancy and still have healthy babies, under the close watch of their doctor or midwife.
Breakthrough bleeding is nothing to fear, but please – report any bleeding to your doctor or midwife.
Bleeding During Pregnancy Stories
If you’d like to read real-life stories of bleeding in pregnancy, take a look at our forum discussion on bleeding in pregnancy, where women share their stories of bleeding with varying outcomes. The bleeding during pregnancy discussion is a very long one over the years and has been carried on over three threads as below, so you’ll be sure to read about people in your own situation.
- Bleeding During Pregnancy – Thread 1
- Bleeding During Pregnancy – Thread 2
- Bleeding During Pregnancy – Thread 3
Also, you might like to read our article on bleeding during pregnancy, to read about the various reasons you may bleed during pregnancy.