Bright red vaginal bleeding without pain during the second half of pregnancy is the main sign of placenta previa. Bleeding ranges from light to heavy. The bleeding usually stops without treatment, but it nearly always returns days or weeks later. Some women also experience contractions.
When to see a doctor
If you have vaginal bleeding during your second or third trimester, call your doctor right away. If the bleeding is severe, seek emergency medical care.
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