Bleeding during pregnancy can be very frightening for any woman. You may wonder if your baby is ok and may even start to think the worst. But before you panic, look at some of the other possible causes of bleeding and learn how to deal with them.

Let me start off by saying that any kind of bleeding during pregnancy warrants a call to your doctor. Although there are several possible causes, your doctor should be the one to make the decision regarding your health care and the well-being of your unborn baby.

One of the biggest causes of bleeding when you're pregnant is due to a sensitive cervix. Hormones combined with an increase in circulation causes an engorged cervix and any kind of irritation can lead to bleeding.

Possible irritants can include sexual intercourse, an internal exam or pap smear or suppositories. This is especially true for women who are taking progesterone suppositories due to the additional hormones.

Another cause is a urinary tract infection. Sometimes the infection becomes so severe that blood is passed in the urine and may show up on toilet paper when you wipe yourself.

It would be hard to determine if the blood was coming from the urethra or the vagina, so watch for other symptoms such as a fever or pain and burning during urination that may be able to tip you off.

Lastly, bleeding can be caused by hemorrhoids or fissures. This is typical when you see blood in the toilet after urinating. Even when you wipe, it may appear to be coming from your vagina, but instead is coming from the rectal area.

You can possibly examine your back side using a mirror to see if anything looks inflamed. Most importantly, if you find yourself with any kind of spotting or bleeding during pregnancy, use a pantyliner.

This is important because it can help to determine exactly how much blood you are losing. Your doctor will want to know this information as well as how often you're having to change your pantyliner to make an assessment.

Absolutely do not use a tampon because you do not want to introduce anything into the vagina at this point – just to be safe. Remember that bleeding during pregnancy does not automatically mean something bad is going to happen.

There are many common causes of spotting and bleeding that can arise during your pregnancy that are completely harmless. Just be sure to check with your doctor and find out how they would like to handle the situation – whether they want to see you immediately or if they think it can wait.