At the end of your pregnancy, vaginal bleeding can also be a sign of labor. Your mucus plug, which seals the cervix throughout pregnancy and until you are close to giving birth, is released through the vagina. You may notice some clear mucus mixed with pink or red and this will increase as labor progresses. This is normal and can occur up to three weeks before your due date. If you lose your mucus plug before 37 weeks of pregnancy, you may be at risk for preterm labor. Please contact your doctor immediately.
Other signs of preterm labor include:
What to do if you experience vaginal bleeding?
- Continuous leaking of fluid from the vagina, in small or large amounts.
- Vaginal discharge that has more mucus or that is bloody.
- Cramping in your lower abdomen, sometimes accompanied by diarrhea.
- Pressure in the pelvis or abdomen.
- Back pain.
- Uterine contractions that don’t go away after drinking water and resting.
If you are pregnant and notice bleeding from your vagina at any point in your pregnancy, please contact your doctor immediately. You may be asked to come in to the hospital and may be admitted for monitoring. Always be aware of any abrupt changes to your body during pregnancy. Immediate medical care when needed can keep you and your baby safe.