A client arrives at the emergency department in her third trimester of pregnancy with painless vaginal bleeding. Which condition is suspected?

  • placental abruption
  • urinary tract infection
  • placenta previa
  • uterine polyps
Number 3 is correct.
Placenta previa presents with painless vaginal bleeding. Placental abruption is the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall before delivery and is associated with serious vaginal bleeding. A urinary tract infection is associated with painful urination or discomfort in the bladder area. Uterine polyps present as irregular and/or heavy bleeding associated with a menstrual period or postmenopause.