Is it okay to bleed during the first trimester? I have just finished by second month and having light bleeding. Doctor says it's okay and has asked to come for checkup, but am still worried :(

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Bleeding and spotting during the first 2-3 months of your pregnancy is a not unusual and it happens in about 1 in 5 pregnancies. This can be due to 1. Breakthrough bleeding, which happens when pregnancy hormones cover up your usual menstrual cycle, but that cycle continues for a while. You may have this bleeding more than once. 2 Implantation bleeding, which may happen when the fertilised egg implants in your uterus (womb). It's thought that this is less common than breakthrough bleeding. 3. Your softening cervix and a raw area that forms (cervical erosion or ectropion). Bleeding can also be linked to vaginal or cervical infection, or a harmless growth (polyp). These three conditions could all result in bleeding if your cervix has been chafed, for example, during sex. An actual miscarriage is more likely if there is bright red blood, usually heavier than a period, together with cramping. However, it is best to visit your Gynae for a checkup.

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Spotting or light bleeding is pretty common during the first trismeter. It could occur for various reasons such as intercourse, hormonal changes and examination done by gynae. It shouldn't cause any alarms. However.. if it's accompanied by cramps in the abdomen, please go to your gynae as soon as possible. It could be a sign of molar pregnancy, chemical pregnancy or etopic/tubal pregnancy. When I was about 5 weeks pregnant in year 2014, I had major cramps. I thought I could sleep it off but it only worsen. My parents called the ambulance when I couldn't tolerate it anymore. Long story short, my surgeon said if I had delayed calling the ambulance, I could have bled to death (lost 2.5l of blood internally).

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If the bleeding continue for more than 24hrs, please visit your gynae immediately to have a detailed check.