If you are experiencing bleeding at 18 weeks of pregnancy, it is important to consult your healthcare provider for a proper evaluation. The blood clot above your cervix and dehydration can contribute to the bleeding, but other factors may also be involved. A UTI can cause discomfort but should not directly lead to bleeding from the placenta. It is reassuring that you have no pain and that your baby's heart rate is normal.
Bleeding during pregnancy can have various causes, including implantation bleeding, cervical changes, placental problems (such as placenta previa or abruption), infections, or even certain medical conditions. Your doctor's mention of your placenta being close to the cervix suggests that you may have a condition called placenta previa, where the placenta partially or completely covers the cervix.
During the second trimester, it is common for the placenta to move away from the cervix as your uterus expands. This means there is a good chance that your condition will resolve on its own without any harm to you or your baby.
However, it is crucial to monitor any changes in symptoms or bleeding patterns closely. If you experience severe pain, heavy bleeding with large clots, or if the bleeding persists or worsens over time, seek immediate medical attention.
To ensure both yours and your baby's well-being:
Remember, every pregnancy is unique, and it is important to communicate openly with your healthcare provider about any concerns or changes you experience. They will be able to provide personalized guidance based on your specific situation.