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Rectal Bleeding During Pregnancy
Hemorrhoids in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy are common. The cause is generally an increased pressure on the blood vessels in the pelvic area. Constipation and straining during bowel movements can also put pressure on the blood vessels. Straining during delivery can also exacerbate hemorrhoids.
If rectal bleeding occurs during pregnancy, even if a woman suspects the cause to be hemorrhoids, consult a physician.
When to Seek Medical Care for Rectal Bleeding
When rectal bleeding is present with one or more of the following symptoms, call a doctor:
If any of these signs and symptoms are present, a visit to the hospital's emergency department is warranted:
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