Fetal washing: symptoms and treatment

Washing of the fetus is a popular name for such a phenomenon as menstrual discharge during pregnancy. Unlike bleeding, which can occur at any time of pregnancy, the washing of the fetus is characterized by scarcity and short duration, because of what does not bear the threat of the mother and baby in her womb. At the same time, it is also impossible to call such a phenomenon a norm, because it can be a sign of serious pathologies in a pregnant woman, therefore, when there is a discharge, she should consult a doctor.


Usually, the fetal washing occurs in the early stages of pregnancy. It happens that because of this phenomenon a woman for a long time does not know about what is waiting for the baby, because her menstruation goes as usual.

In the early stages of pregnancy, this phenomenon occurs according to the type of menstrual bleeding. But if the allocation is meager and smearing, this may be a sign of placental abruption and pose a threat to my mother and baby. At later stages of pregnancy, the phenomenon occurs extremely rarely. And if this happens, you can talk about problems (usually about placental abruption). Therefore, in this case, a woman is placed in a hospital under medical supervision and tries to stop the process of detachment — sometimes this can be done, and sometimes not.

Most often, the washing of the fetus is a consequence of excessive proliferation of blood vessels around the embryo implanted in the uterus. These vessels are thinner and more fragile than the vessels of the main circulatory system, so they are often injured, which is the result of minor uterine bleeding. This condition does not pose a threat to the fetus.

Another cause of such a phenomenon as the washing of the fetus is the detachment of the placenta or fetal egg described above. This happens for various reasons, and is an extremely dangerous condition for the mother and child, so if such bleeding, called implantation, has arisen, you should immediately seek medical help. Usually in the early stages of detachment can be stopped, when this occurs in late pregnancy, the outlook is less favorable.

Washing the fetus is a phenomenon that, although it does not pose a threat in most cases, can cause a woman to accidentally harm herself or a child. Especially it can happen in the case when due to the presence of blood discharge a woman thinks that she regularly has menstruation and therefore does not expect pregnancy.

As a result of washing the fetus, a woman can lead a normal lifestyle — smoking, drinking alcohol. It can not actively protect itself from viral and bacterial agents, because of what can become ill with a disease that will harm a child in her womb. And of course, without knowing about her pregnancy, a woman will not be able to make an abortion in time, if this pregnancy was at this time undesirable.

That’s why it is so important for the fair sex to take good care of their health, use contraception and periodically make a pregnancy test when there is a possibility that the contraceptive did not work or when there was an unplanned and unprotected sexual intercourse.

There is such a unique reason for the appearance of the fetal washing, as a bicornic uterus. With this anomaly of the structure of the female organ, the fetus grows in one part of the uterus, and in the other, the endometrium is rejected with the development of menstruation.


Symptoms of washing the fetus are simple, this is:

  • allotments that are of a different nature (from smear to heavy bleeding)
  • painful sensations in the lower abdomen, irradiating in the lower back.

In this case, the symptoms occur only on the background of a positive pregnancy test or a confirmed fact of pregnancy on ultrasound.

The duration of such a phenomenon as the washing of the fetus can be different — from several days to several months. The faster the bleeding stops, the less likely is the risk to the fetus and the mother. If these signs are supplemented by a poor state of health of a pregnant woman, an increase in body temperature, weakness and malaise, it is likely that she did not face washing the fetus, but with a heavier intrauterine pathology that provokes her miscarriage. But even in such a situation, a timely call to a doctor can correct the situation and prevent a miscarriage.