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If you’re newly pregnant and start to notice vaginal bleeding, give yourself a moment to take a deep breath. Although bleeding may be a cause for alarm, it isn’t necessarily a sign of miscarriage—especially if it’s light. Here’s a look at why bleeding or spotting may happen during different points in pregnancy.

Bleeding or spotting while pregnant does not always mean that a miscarriage is imminent. “Bleeding can occur in a completely healthy pregnancy,” explains. The most common symptoms of early miscarriage are cramping and bleeding. However, spotting or light bleeding during early pregnancy aren’t always a sign of miscarriage.

If this happens, watch for. You may not experience bleeding or other symptoms with a miscarriage, at least at first. A missed miscarriage, also referred to as a. Bleeding – light bleeding early in pregnancy is fairly common, and does not mean you will have a miscarriage.

Brown discharge: This may look like coffee grounds. This “discharge” is actually old blood that has been in the uterus for a while and is just coming out slowly. Spotting, bright red bleeding or clots. Although bleeding during pregnancy is always cause for concern, it doesn’t necessarily indicate a miscarriage.

In fact, about 20 to 30% of women bleed a. Miscarriage: Bleeding can be a sign of miscarriage, but does not mean that miscarriage is imminent. Studies show that anywhere from 20-30% of women experience some degree of bleeding in early pregnancy. Approximately half of the pregnant women who bleed do not have miscarriages.

Heavy bleeding accompanied by cramps is the most common sign of miscarriage, says Dr. Berkowitz. “If you’re cramping and bleeding, especially if you’ve had any medical problems that aren’t under control or prior surgery on your fallopian tubes or uterus, you need to see your doctor right away.”. While bleeding in early pregnancy is often associated with miscarriage, this is not the only reason bleeding occurs.

As your body adjusts to being pregnant, you will go through a number of changes, some which can cause unexpected bleeding. Here’s what some experts have to say about breakthrough bleeding during early pregnancy. A spontaneous abortion means there is a miscarriage. This happens when the pregnancy fails and there is no living tissue in the uterus.

Sometimes the mother needs to take medicines or have a.

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The most common cause of bleeding in early pregnancy (before 20 weeks) is miscarriage, although hydatidiform and ectopic pregnancy may also present with bleeding.

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Any type of vaginal bleeding can be worrisome during pregnancy and should be assessed by your health­care provider, but sometimes the light bleeding or spotting you experience is completely harmless and not a symptom of an impending miscarriage.

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Vaginal bleeding and the loss of pregnancy symptoms can suggest a miscarriage, but miscarriage is not diagnosed clinically.

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If you have any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, your health care provider can help determine if the bleeding is likely to result in miscarriage or if it has another cause that does not threaten the pregnancy.

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The signs and symptoms of miscarriage include vaginal spotting or bleeding, cramping or pain in the abdomen, lower backache, fluid or tissue discharge from the vagina, and feeling faint or light­headed (Medical News Today, 2013).

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A single episode of heavy bleeding may signal an early pregnancy loss such as a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

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Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy always indicates a miscarriage.

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Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy means blood loss in the first trimester of pregnancy—the period up to 14 weeks following the first day of the last menstruation—and occurs in about 30 per cent of all pregnancies.

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A miscarriage also can take place with persistent, light bleeding and milder cramping at this stage.

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The first sign of a possible miscarriage is vaginal bleeding, with or without cramping; however, not all vaginal bleeding indicates miscarriage.

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  • Please can u help me? I had my period on 20may and had some spotting on 6-8 June and am now bleeding on 5July pls what is the cause

  • my name is jasmine…I had a period Jan 5 2016 and on Feb 6 2016…@nd on march I was supposed to come on on the 6or7 day but I been throwing up for 2days and like right now I’m cramping a lil and bleeding off and on…what does that mean??? I’m very clueless

  • can you be bleeding for a month or two while pregnant because i keep hearing that there is some women who get pregnant and end up bleeding for a month or 2 and still have a healthy baby… is that true

  • Anybody please to help?am five weeks pregnant start bleeding for three days, then took the test still positive am I pregnant? or no?

  • I took two one step pregnancy tests last night and they came up both faint positives. Then i started lightly bleeding tonight. Its not 3 days after my expected period and i’m not sure if the tests were wrong or if i really am pregannt. Please helppppp!!:(

  • Thanks madam for your video. It realy reduce aur worries on that and gave morall support. I am unable to forget this video and that night even about 5 months ago I saw your video.

  • Bleeding Happend with my wife on one evening during 2nd month (don’t remember week #) due to traveling. She took rest. Next morning it stopped auto. Doctor said. Bleeding happens some time. Don’t worry. now she has completed 07 months.

  • Please please help. Positive test on dec 3rd, the 4th i got a positive at the doctors, got my flu shot and then had my levels checked and it was at 37. A few days later i started spotting, had my levels checked again and it was at 14. Still spotting, new blood work showed levels at 25 and i had an ultrasound and they could not find anything anywhere. Went to the ER that night and they checked for any infection nothing and gave me a prescription for more blood work and got in contact with an obgyn. Levels before meeting the ob was at 13. Met with ob the next day and he wants me to take a shot to basically abort it because they are worried about ectopic or something but my levels from yesterday shot up to 61mui. I have not had any symptoms of miscarriage other than my spotting that has been going on for a week. The ER doctor asked on a scale of 1 -10 what my pain level was and i told him.5 of lower because i didnt notice any pain at all. I have been having pregnancy symptoms though but no cramping, no clots either. I have another blood test monday (the 16th of dec) but again they did not see anything on the ultrasound so does it really have to be ectopic or a miscarriage? Is there no way this is just a strange pregnancy?

  • Thank you for sharing this valuable information. The video is full of knowledge that you need TO KNOW MORE CLICK HERE- http://pregnancydiet.nutriwellindia.com/i-am-bleeding-in-late-pregnancy-should-i-worry/

  • I have been bleeding for a couple of days, really light pink color but brown discharge. Should I be worried? This had never happened to me before. What could it be?

  • SMART EM has a very interesting podcast on Threatened Abortions where they talk about the necessity or lack thereof for Rh immunoglobulin for 1st trimester bleeding.

  • according to Llewellyn and Jones progesterone haven’t shown any benefits downing complications.. Awaiting your reply and thank you

  • This made me calm down a LOT.., but im still freaked out… can it be morning already… its 3a.m. and I’ve been up since 1, can’t get help anywhere right now…:'(

  • Hi, Im 2 months pregnant and i am experiencing 8 days light spotting every morning when i wake up. Do i need to go to the doctor..Thanks and godbless

  • Dr can I ask it is possible that I can get pregnant..I mean my last period is March 31 but now May 7 I was bleeding��
    Pls help and pray me

  • Hi, I am 4 weeks pregnant now, then on Saturday I started bleeding I went to a bigger hospital because my doctor don’t open on Saturday and the doctor there told he can not see any baby am worried I want to wait for my doctor till Monday

  • Im 12 days late. and now im bleeding for 2 days. yesterday i met my doc and do some scanning and he said that my future baby is fine. but im scared cuz ive experiencing miscarriage before.

  • I thought i am pregnant because i have a delayed period. My last period starting date was march 30,2018 and until may i still dont have my periods. But i am shock as of today my period arrive and just this afternoon i feel pain regarding on my period. I am disappointed because I am already excited for having a baby and I love to have a family but right now but i think i don’t deserve to have one because i am just always hoping for nothing����

  • Its really hard not to panic i am pregnant with twins noticed ive bleed maybe about 3 times in the pass 2 months pink color very light i am almoust 9 weeks so scary my hart sinks in when i wipe and see pink i am high risk pregnacy i pray all is well true all my pregnacy i didnt experience this with my other pregnacy this worrys me i want my twins to be born healthy and strong.

  • I bled and spotted during my first pregnancy 4 months up until 8 I. They didn’t know why and they put me on bed rest. I still had my son he was born in the day he they said he would be but it took a long while in labor.

  • I had some bright red, pink and light brown, very minor spotting at week 6 and it was a sign of the missed miscarriage that followed at week 7. My doc said spotting is normal and doesn’t normally mean a problem. We, unfortunately lost that baby but got preggo immediately after.

  • Dis is my four days after my miss period. and did morning, I found out dat I was bleeding. Pls could it be miscarriage or implantation bleeding or is it my period?

  • How much Blood is normal I’ve been spotting one day then it stopped than next day then stopped now its back it’s not gushing out like a period when I wipe there’s blood on the T.p. during corona time I’m waiting for a ultrasound and I’m a mess please Jesus don’t let anything happen to my baby

  • I am 7 weeks pregnant tomorrow and had quite a bit of bleeding last week with very dull cramps. It was more like the start of my period than just spotting. I was very scared and thought that I was having a miscarriage. I went to the ER and all my test came back normal and they did an ultrasound and could see baby and was measuring good. I had another ultrasound yesterday and we saw the heartbeat. Just because you have more significant bleeding does not always mean you’re having a miscarriage.

  • Thank you Doctor you are so polite,im 12weeks pregnant i began to have little drops of spotting and lower abdominal pains this morning,i pray im safe with my baby,God please heal me i dont want to loose my baby.

  • Omg where is he located?!… I love this guy�� He’s sooooo calm and informative. My anxiety level just went down a billion notches in just 2 mins & 30 secs. ***Dear every other doctor, please take notes ������

  • Hello please pray for me ���� I am 5week now with 5day but last Friday I started bleeding until Sunday evening but was pink blood only on Sunday afternoon dark blood coming little bit. So on Monday I went in hospital for scan doctor told me she didn’t see clear heartbeat she told me maybe it’s process of miscarriage she said she can’t confirm anything she give me appointment on Monday 19.08.2019 so I am waiting but I believe God my baby is fine and I don’t have problems. I didn’t get miscarriage on that 3days bleeding so I can’t allow devils take my baby now in Jesus name ���� and I had miscarriage before ��������

  • What if i took a pregnancy test and came positive then 3 days later i started bleeding pretty heavy with Clots.. Lower back pain and abdominal pain aswell and that same day i started to bleed took another pregnancy test as soon as i notice the bleeding and came negative????
    Today is my 3 day bleeding however only yesterday and the day before were heavy bleeding but today is only noticeable when i clean miself with toilet paper…

  • Thanks for this video doctor it’s been very helpful to me, and it has made me come down a little bit I have had a brown discharge For two days & today been the third day I noticed that the blood is looking red so worried I’m about to go to the emergency room right now as soon as my husband gets back home to stay with the kids. Pray for me.

  • I bled with my second pregnancy. My baby is almost 2 years old. Don’t freak out unless it’s too painful that’s a terrible sign. I wish he was around to tell me this when I was pregnant

  • Hi i am 17 weeks pregnant.. And today i got my first bleeding.. It looks like color brown. And i observe my self there is no pain inside.. Do i feel worried about it?? Do i need to go hospital now?

  • I had 2 miscarriage within one year.that s so hard for me as a mother.in first miscarriage i got little bit spotting, said it fine but after two days fresh blood comes out, i went EM, doctor said it is miscarriage, its better to come out your body but still high bleeding and saver pain.they took out baby from my body.�� and 2 time i was pregnant after 4 month, this time still little bit spotting again same week. I rush for em but they said its miscarriage.but this time i had not sever pain and blood like bafore.i don’t know what should i do know bz i am sooo worried.is it anyone guide me. I am waiting….

  • I have been bleeding for more than 20 days…bleeding means i can see brown discharge…its not heavy just some spotting…i dont know m pregnant or not….can anyone help me to knw whts going on wid me….

  • I’m 5week and I have a little bleeding about 3days with clots sometime and with sledge. Do you think my prenancy is still continue? I’m very scare!

  • thanks doc, ur video made me feel way better now. im only 6 weeks 6 days been spotting for the last 2 days, just a small amount of brownish blood.. going for a scan in 4 days, hopefully everything going fine.

  • How.manu days spottinh come since 5 days browm discharge coming.and im.almost i 8weeks preganant.im.not.feeling any pain.nothing jst spotting

  • I had unprotected sex and around a week and a half later I got my period but I’m having many pregnant symptoms could it be. Should I take a test? Because I heard pregnant women can still get their period it’s just an egg is not released

  • I’m 9 weeks and 6 days pregnant and I would like to know if it’s normal to bleed light pink and it stopped after 5 minutes no pain at all

  • i’ve noticed brown spotting not enough to fill a pad for a day now, it’s not constant. im not having any pains or cramping im will be 5 weeks pregnant tomorrow i found out i was pregnant last week 2 days before my missed period and after my missed period using 2 home tests and being tested at the hospital. im so worried about this!!

  • today i’ve done my pregnancy test an it’s weak positive! whithin a few minutes i’ve bleed for a while! im in tense coz im a diabetes person plz help me doctor.

  • I am glad I was able to help some. If the baby was alive and well it is very unlikely that would change, Bleeding at the end of the first trimester is fairly common and usually does not cause any problems. There is an increased risk of getting a false positive second trimester genetic screening test after this type of bleeding. The blood can trick the test into thinking there is a problem with the baby when there is not. So if you do the screening, don’t panic if it comes back positive.

  • This put my mind at so much ease! I had implantation spotting (brown) and cramping right around the implantation time. Since then, every night I have the SMALLEST amount of red spotting-not pad or even liner worthy really. Just enough to see it. Praying that all turns out okay.

  • this made me feel so much better. Lastnight i noticed i was having some brown discharge sort of like old blood….wasnt alot, as a matter of fact, most ppl would have missed it but bc im so paranoid about miscarriage, i noticed it and freaked out. Im about 7 weeks along right now with my second. (I dont know why im so scared bc ive never had a miscarriage before, but im just terrified. )

  • Where is that Doctor located im moving to that state… Lol

    I love the way he talks he’s so polite… He looks like a great doctor.

    I had spotting in my first pregnancy ran into Er because I had a past miscarriage. They checked everything, everything came out perfectly normal. They put me on pelvic rest till I see my obgyn. It was early pregnancy… And now my son is 18 months old. Can’t thank enough! God is great!

  • what does it mean if someone is bleeding for like a month or so??? because i keep hearing people being pregnant and bleeding for a month or so!!! is that true…

  • I’m about 5 weeks pregnant and this is my 3rd pregnancy, I spotted a little bit on Halloween night went to ER and everything was fine. last night I started bleeding not severely but not spotting either. Had a couple blood clots, that’s what it looked like atleast and still bleeding this morning, red color. I’m so scared I may be having a miscarriage but I also was on birth control and only got periods every 3 months. I have my first ultrasound scheduled later today, and just keep praying that everything is OK. Anybody else have this happen?

  • I’m about 5 weeks pregnant and this is my 3rd pregnancy, I spotted a little bit on Halloween night went to ER and everything was fine. last night I started bleeding not severely but not spotting either. Had a couple blood clots, that’s what it looked like atleast and still bleeding this morning, red color. I’m so scared I may be having a miscarriage but I also was on birth control and only got periods every 3 months. I have my first ultrasound scheduled later today, and just keep praying that everything is OK. Anybody else have this happen?

  • Thank you doctor like other ladies said…after watching the video I feel much at ease.
    Your video helps a lot for me. 12weeks of pregnant..

  • So what about when u r having small blood clots and tissue looks like jelly at six weeks with no heavy blood flow and cramps. Do you think the pregnancy will continue? I am really scared as am having this things and my appointment is for tomorrow?? Please reply me if you guys knows about this..

  • Thank u doc. Am eased!! I am 9 wks pregnant with twins and I had implantation bleeding at 6wks. Then i had again yesterday n today. Was so worried!! Thanks!

  • I feel much much better after watching this video..I think I”m 8 weeks along and have spotting for a few days now…really scary..I kept going to the bathroom checking it..

  • Can someone help me? I’ve had a miscarriage earlier this year and just last week I had very light pinkish discharge and I thought it was my period but it only lasted a day and this week I get nauseous mostly at night time and my stomach feels tight plus I’ve had mild cramping in my lower stomach. It feels like what I was going through my first pregnancy but I just don’t know.

  • If you have time can you organize your play list by categories? It would be soo helpful and easier to watch more of
    your videos

    I appreciate all the information you are teaching us:) Thank you

  • im having a issue right now i found out a week ago im pregnant, i am unable to see me doctor till the 1st of feb, and im bleeding (reddish/brown), no cramps, not bleeding heavy, and small gel like clumps, please tell me im not miscarrying because we have tried to have a child for the last 3 years.

  • Thank you, Dr. I am 12 weeks prwgnant and lost a lot of blood two days ago. I am an rt and I just happened to be at my hospital at that time. The baby is alive and well, but ill have to be on the bed rest for the next two weeks. I was so worried. You made me feel better and more at ease. I just pray that God will let me keep the baby.