When the placenta separates from the uterus, blood may collect in the area between the uterus and placenta, resulting in bleeding. This can occur due to many conditions such as high blood pressure, physical trauma and drug use.
This is a life threatening condition where the baby is partially ejected into the abdomen due to rupture of the uterus. This usually occurs as a result of previous surgeries, physical trauma and forceps deliveries.
Other less common reasons for late pregnancy bleeding are fetal rupture, cancer and varicose veins. If you have any symptoms of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, contact your doctor right away – early medical intervention can be vital in life-threatening situations, both for you and your baby.