You asked

Are bleeding / swollen gums a pregnancy symptom?

There’s no simple yes or no answer to this question.
 
If you are experiencing swollen and sensitive gums, that are tender to the touch, then they are probably being affected by normal hormonal changes, and you shouldn’t worry.
 
However, if your gums are bright red, are bleeding or very sore, they may be showing signs of pregnancy gingivitis. This can escalate to periodontitis, which can lead to a low birth weight baby, or other complications.
 
If you’re not experiencing any serious problems, stick to your dental hygiene routine – brush and floss, and take a calcium and vitamin C supplement. Visit your dentist to make sure everything is still okay, but make sure you don’t have any x-rays, and that he knows that you are pregnant.
 
Like all the swelling and aches and pains that accompany pregnancy, swollen and sensitive gums should disappear on their own after your baby is born. In the mean time, don’t worry about it too much, and practice good dental hygiene, and you should be fine.
Don't forget to look for baby names... Search now

More questions

Placenta accreta is a serious but rare condition that can cause premature birth.
You may not be ready to tell people that you’re pregnant just yet but it can sometimes be a difficult thing to hide. Your expanding body is the first give away but your change in lifestyle might also have...
Bleeding during the 1st trimester is very common so don't panic just yet
Morning sickness is one of the most common and dreaded symptoms of pregnancy during the first trimester. Here are some great ways of dealing with it!
Headaches are always a nightmare but they are an ordinary side effect of pregnancy, and the hormonal and lifestyle changes that accompany it.
Nearly all women will find that they become gassier and more prone to bloating while pregnant.
Many women suffer from varicose veins during and after pregnancy, thanks to increased pressure, hormones, and other factors.
If you’ve noticed any strange changes in your body, mood, or habits, they might just be a sign that you’re going to be a mummy!
Swollen feet is a common symptom and side effect of pregnancy, and while annoying, it’s usually nothing serious.
An expanding bust line is a normal side effect of pregnancy, and will mean you need to invest in good maternity bras.

Latest

Trending

Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.