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Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy

Your belly isn’t the only thing that’s swelling up these days. Bleeding gums during pregnancy is a common issue.  You might find yourself having soreness, swelling, and irregular bleeding.  

Bleeding gums is a normal symptom during pregnancy other familiar symptoms are nausea, nosebleeds, and fatigue.  

Pregnancy gingivitis causes hormonal changes that increase your risk of developing oral health problems.  Bleeding gums affect around 60% to 75% of all pregnant women. 

Is Bleeding Gum An Early Sign of Pregnancy?

Bleeding gums during pregnancy is not considered an early pregnancy symptom. It’s quite common for pregnancy women to have bleeding gums during the first trimester.

 It does tend to grow and increase within the second trimester of pregnancy. 

What Causes Swollen And Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy

After birth, your blood supply will increase by 50% to provide your infant with enough supplements and oxygen. The gums will have a higher blood circulation. 

 It will frequently lead to swelling and bleeding right after brushing or flossing. You’ll also have a risk of getting inflamed.

For women carrying twins the increase in blood volume is a lot higher. 

Pregnancy Gingivitis Causes

The hormone levels cause the primary reason pregnant women get gingivitis during pregnancy. The estrogen and progesterone are the common cause of gingivitis. 

How Can Pregnancy Gingivitis Affect Your Pregnancy?

If you have mild gingivitis, it will not harm you or your baby.  You’ll need to take care of them. If you leave gingivitis untreated, it can lead to serious tooth issues.

It can lead to periodontal disease or periodontitis.  Having periodontal disease can make your teeth fall ours due to the bone and gum fibers been destroyed. 

Gum Care To Prevent And Manage Gingivitis During Pregnancy?

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Considered using a fluoridated mouth rinse each day
  • Consult with your dentist 
  • Include calcium in your daily diet
  • Take your vitamin C
  • Avoid sugary sweets 

Safety of Dental Procedures In Pregnancy

A great way to take control of your gums is getting an exam before getting pregnant.  Visiting your dentist on a regular basis helps to make sure your teeth are in good condition and helps to prevent any additional issues. 

Warning Signs: When To Call, The Doctor

  • Insistent bad breath
  • Loosening teeth
  • Unpleasant taste in mouth
  • Severe inflamed gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loosening teeth
  • A toothache that does not go away

ICD-9 And ICD-10 Codes


ICD-10: K05.0 – K05.1 

ICD-9: 523.0 – 523.1 


ICD-10: K05.4 

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