Bleeding at 4 and 6 weeks of pregnancy. Blood loss occurs more often during this period. In half of all cases, a cause is never found. Other causes include threatened miscarriage or contact bleeding. The woman often notices pink discharge, bright red bleeding or brown bleeding. This can make a difference in the severity of the bleeding.
Blood loss during pregnancy
Bleeding and pregnancy sometimes seem to go hand in hand. Almost every pregnant woman has to deal with it at some point. Whether this is at the beginning of the pregnancy, halfway through or at the end. Most bleeding is harmless. However, in a number of cases it can have a serious cause. It also depends on the period in which the bleeding takes place: the first, second or third trimester. Blood loss at 4 weeks and 6 weeks of pregnancy is common. More than half of all pregnant women experience bleeding around this period.
4 weeks pregnant
At a pregnancy of 4 weeks we are talking about an actual pregnancy of 2 weeks. This causes confusion for many women, but is easy to explain. A pregnancy is calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period. Ovulation, which takes place around day 14, marks 2 weeks of pregnancy. Although fertilization has not yet occurred, we still call it 2 weeks of pregnancy. A pregnancy of 4 weeks is the moment when menstruation is actually expected again.
Blood loss around 4 weeks of pregnancy is often confused with menstruation. There are several reasons for the blood loss. Firstly, it could still be blood from implantation. In this case it concerns old blood, because implantation takes place around 3 weeks of pregnancy. Old blood is (rust) brown in color. The woman often loses old blood for 1 to 2 days.
Another reason for bleeding at 4 weeks is an early miscarriage. Of all pregnancies, half terminate before 4 weeks of pregnancy. The reason for this is often a construction error, which means that the ‘baby’ would have no chance of a normal life. Nature takes its course here and chooses to terminate the pregnancy. An early miscarriage often starts around the time when menstruation should actually occur. As a result, the woman sometimes does not even notice that she has been pregnant. It is remarkable that menstruation is heavier than normal, because a miscarriage is associated with somewhat more blood loss. Women who have taken a pregnancy test early on will of course notice the miscarriage. For this reason, it is never recommended to take a test before the day your period is expected. This prevents disappointments. After all, a positive test before 4 weeks of pregnancy does not guarantee that the pregnancy will continue.
6 weeks pregnant
At 6 weeks of pregnancy, the egg was fertilized about 4 weeks ago. The heart starts beating for the first time at 6 weeks of pregnancy and will continue to do so for many years to come. The baby does not yet look like a real baby, but it already has bumps that will later become the arms and legs. The neural tube has already been formed and the spine constructed. A lot is happening at the same time, and every mistake can result in a deviation. Between 4 and 12 weeks, more than 10 percent end in miscarriage. Something went wrong somewhere during development or the woman has contracted an infection. There are more causes for a miscarriage, but the fact remains that having a miscarriage is never fun. A miscarriage around 6 weeks of pregnancy is often noticed by blood loss that can start as small streaks of bright red blood during a toilet visit. If the miscarriage continues, the blood loss will become increasingly heavy. Abdominal cramps also occur. These are first felt as mild menstrual pain, later they become more severe. This is caused by contractions of the uterus, which wants to shed the dead fetus and uterine lining.
During pregnancy, the uterine wall and cervix have much better blood flow. This can cause bleeding. This often occurs during or after sex, coughing, sneezing, lifting and bending over. Although it is always scary, blood loss for this reason is completely harmless. Some women suffer from it continuously while other women never experience it. Why this is the case is unknown. Not every woman is equally sensitive to this.
Sometimes it is referred to as late implantation at 6 weeks of pregnancy. This is impossible: implantation takes place around 3 weeks of pregnancy. However, it is possible that ovulation occurs much later than expected. Then implantation also takes place later than expected. The woman then considers herself to be 6 weeks pregnant, while she is actually only 3 weeks pregnant. An ultrasound by the midwife can better determine the gestational age.
Pink, red or brown blood
There is a difference between pink, red and brown blood loss. Starting with the red blood loss, also called clear blood loss. This blood loss actually takes place at this time and is sufficient to give off the red color. Pink bleeding or a pink discharge is fresh blood loss that is so small that it mixes with mucus. This gives the pink color. Brown blood loss is old blood that has remained in the uterus. Blood oxidizes over time and takes on a brown color. This concerns bleeding that has occurred previously.
In addition, one must be aware that very often no clear reason for blood loss is found. Even with a threatened miscarriage, half of these pregnancies continue normally. If you have any concerns or doubts, the doctor or midwife can be called. This can answer all questions and possibly make an ultrasound.
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