Q: Good morning ma’am. Please ma’am, I am worried. I am 37weeks pregnant now and last night I had a reddish spots on my panties, though it was very small but I am still worried. I didn’t see it when I wiped earlier this morning. I don’t know if it is a problem. Help me with an advice even though it was just a stain. God bless you ma’am
A: Bleeding during pregnancy can be worrying whether it’s a little or a lot. But, it may not necessarily be the sign of a problem.
Bleeding can occur in early pregnancy, close to or about the same time as the menstruation would and thus be mistaken for a period. This bleeding could be due to implantation as the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus (womb). Other causes of bleeding in early pregnancy include ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and infections.
For more information on ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage please click on these links:
At 37 weeks, your pregnancy is considered full term. So, it may even be ‘show’ that you saw. Show is a mucous plug that may be tinged with blood and is a sign that your cervix (neck of womb) is getting ready for labour. Placenta previa is likely to cause bleeding from sometime around the second trimester of pregnancy, but of course, every episode of bleeding in pregnancy, irrespective of trimester, should be checked out in the hospital. Depending on the severity of the bleeding and the age of the pregnancy, the doctor would decide whether bed rest or emergency Caesarian section would be applicable. If bed rest is recommended, sexual intercourse and physical exertion including exercise, at this time may not be wise. Please discuss this with your doctor.
For more on placenta previa, please click on this link https://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/03/09/daily-health-tips-can-placenta-previa-recur-in-my-pregnancy/
So, I suggest you go see your doctor immediately.
All the best!