Pregnancy: Implantation Bleeding

I am six weeks pregnant, and an ultrasound showed the yolk sac next to a "tear" in the uterus. The radiologist called it "peri-gestational bleeding." What is this and should I take it easy for a few days?


Peg Plumbo CNM

Peg Plumbo has been a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) since 1976. She has assisted at over 1,000 births and currently teaches in the... Read more

This term is sometimes used to refer to the bleeding that is caused by implantation of the fertilized ovum. As the embryo burrows into the uterine lining and attaches itself to the maternal circulatory system, some maternal blood is released.

The term "peri" means "throughout" or "associated with," so it refers to the bleeding associated with pregnancy -- normal bleeding. To call it a "tear" is not exactly correct and sounds more threatening than it is.

"Taking it easy" would not hurt, but there is not much in the literature that supports that this would protect a woman from an inevitable miscarriage.

I would consider this normal implantation bleeding unless you experience cramping, backache or increased bleeding. If you have an increase in symptoms report these to your provider right away.

I hope all goes well for you.

Need Advice?
Get answers from iVillage experts and other moms just like you!
Question Details
  1. Pick a subject:
Connect with 1,039,394 members just like you
Share your knowledge, ask questions.