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Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy

What should I do if I start bleeding during early pregnancy?

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Bleeding when you are pregnant

Bleeding during pregnancy is relatively common, but it can be a dangerous sign, and you should always contact your midwife or GP immediately if it happens to you.

In early pregnancy you might get some perfectly harmless light bleeding, called "spotting". This is when the developing embryo plants itself in the wall of your womb. This often happens around the time that your first period after conception would have been due.

Causes of bleeding in early pregnancy

During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, vaginal bleeding can be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. However, many women who bleed at this stage of pregnancy go on to have normal and successful pregnancies.


If a pregnancy ends before the 24th week of pregnancy, it's called a miscarriage. Miscarriages are quite common in the first three months of pregnancy and around one in five confirmed pregnancies ends this way.

Many early miscarriages (before 14 weeks) happen because there is something wrong with the baby. There can be other causes of miscarriage, such as hormone or blood clotting problems.

Most miscarriages occur during the first 12 weeks (three months) of pregnancy and, sadly, most cannot be prevented. Read about symptoms of a miscarriage.

Ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancies (when a fertilised egg implants outside the womb – for example, in the fallopian tube) can cause bleeding, but are less common than miscarriages.

It's a dangerous condition, because the fertilised egg can't develop properly outside the womb. The egg has to be removed – this can be through an operation or with medicines. Find out about symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy.

Causes of bleeding in late pregnancy

  • Cervical changes  can lead to bleeding, particularly after sex.
  • Vaginal infections 
  • A "show"  when the plug of mucus that has been in the cervix during pregnancy comes away, signalling that the cervix is becoming ready for labour to start. It may happen a few days before contractions start or during labour itself. Find out about the signs of labour and what happens in labour.
  • Placental abruption  a serious condition in which the placenta starts to come away from the womb wall. Placental abruption usually causes stomach pain, and this may occur even if there is no bleeding.
  • Low-lying placenta (or placenta praevia)  when the placenta is attached in the lower part of the womb, near to or covering the cervix. Bleeding from a low-lying placenta can be very heavy and put you and your baby at risk. You may be advised to go into hospital for emergency treatment, and usually a caesarean will be recommended. Read more information on placenta praevia.
  • Vasa praevia  a rare condition where the baby's blood vessels run through the membranes covering the cervix. Normally, the blood vessels would be protected within the umbilical cord and the placenta. When your waters break, these vessels may be torn and cause vaginal bleeding. The baby can lose a life-threatening amount of blood. It is very difficult to diagnose vasa praevia, but it may occasionally be identified before birth by an ultrasound scan. Vasa praevia should be suspected if there is bleeding and the baby's heart rate changes suddenly after the rupture of the membranes. 

Finding out the cause of bleeding in pregnancy

To work out what is causing the bleeding, you may need to have a vaginal or pelvic examination, an ultrasound scan or blood tests to check your hormone levels. Your doctor will also ask you about other symptoms, such as cramp, pain and dizziness. Sometimes the cause of bleeding cannot be found.

If your symptoms are not severe and your baby is not due for a while, you will be monitored and, in some cases, kept in hospital for observation. How long you need to stay in hospital depends on the cause of the bleeding and how many weeks pregnant you are. Being in hospital allows staff to keep an eye on you and your baby, so they can act quickly if there are further problems.

Find the answers to common health problems in pregnancy.

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Magda4321 said on 16 May 2015

I am 8 weeks pregnant and this is my 3rd pregnancy. 1st one i mis-miscaried at 5-6 weeks having some light spoting, second i have been spoting as well but at EPU i had scan and it reviled everything was fine, now i have lovely boy. Now I am 7-8 weeks preg. And spoting again. This week it seems to happend every other day and only before bowel movements. I am on emotional roller-coaster. Iam going to make appoitment on monday to speak with GP or EPU. Good luck to everyone.

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Hope3 said on 13 November 2014

I'm 6w pregnant and am experiencing light red blood sometimes upon wiping, especially after bowel motions. This has been going on for 4 days. After the first day of it I retested myself and I was still showing as pregnant. I have not been cramping anymore than usual - I have ibs and get abdo pain often as well as bloating. I have also experienced other pregnancy signs like sore breasts, but this comes and goes in strength and right now, as iv been in bed for 12 hrs due to worry, I can barely feel and soreness so I'm scared. In addition iv felt faint/dizzy but could that be due to the loss of blood I'm experiencing now as I'm pretty much anaemic anyway? Everything happening is terrifying.
I had a m/c in May this year at approx 6&1/2w but it was much worse than this is, with constant light bleeding which became worse and continued for nearly 2 weeks before I requested a d&c as I couldn't handle it. Hopefully you can understand my concern now.
I'm so sorry others are going through this but it sounds like ur GPs and A&Es are great and you have been reassured or sadly not quite quickly. My doctor has advised that as I'm not getting low central cramping above pubic bone and the bleeding is only on wiping, to just wait a few days, don't do strenuous activity but be normal, and then he will see me in 4 days. If it's continuing or worse he will refer me to Early Pregnancy for tests. I'm thinking of going to A&ES sooner though as I'm not coping.
I haven't told anyone I'm pregnant as its early and things went wrong before plus I have a number of close friends/family who are pregnant& so happy, I don't want to spoil their joy. But it's very tough to keep smiling & pretending things are fine.
I really do wish and pray you all get good news.
Thanks for reading and sharing your situations and feelings.

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ChelseaP123 said on 17 October 2014

I'm 4w,5d pregnant this is my first pregnancy. I started spotting on Tuesday ( its now Friday) it got a bit heavier on Wednesday and Thursday , with mild cramping. Mainly when I went toilet would I find blood in the bowl or just when I wiped, I only go through one pad a day. It is medium flow, not like my period as mine are usually pretty heavy, but it is bright red blood which I think is getting lighter as I had none through the night or when I woke up this morning..I went to AnE last night just to get checked as I have been so worried! They told me I was fine, bloods were normal and pregnancy test had a dark line where as the test I done on Monday morning was very very faint. They didnt mention the possibility of m/c they reassured me I was fine, and that I should only be worried if I was bleeding heavy and with clots ( plus being in a lot of pain) They said I could come back the following morning to be scanned/examined IF I wanted too.I have decided to leave it a couple of days to see if the bleeding stops, then I will go for a scan. Although I know its too early to find a heart beat I'm hoping they may find a reason for the bleeding and hope the sac is still there. I will do a clear blue test next week and hoping it will say 2-3 wks as opposed to 1-2 weeks as it did on Tuesday. Has anybody else gone through a similar situation and the pregnancy has continued? Its such a worrying time every time I go to the toilet and see blood I just want it to stop :-( Thanks for reading.

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SandraSam said on 13 October 2014

Hi there just to reassure you a little i Bled every month with my 2nd pregnancy not just spotting heavy bleeding including passing clots, i thought i had lost my baby on numerous times and my lovely daughter is now 6 years old and fit as a fiddle they never did find out what caused the bleeding, but i can sympathise with you as the worry and fear that i wasnt going to hea that little heartbeat and when you did the relief was just so over whelming, hope this helps

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luciemoo said on 07 October 2014

Hello... I am currently 16w pregnant. And since 6w i have unfortunatley bled every week . Its such a horrific terrifying experience. As EVERY time i have feared the worst. I have passed two large clots on separate occasions. The bleeds are always dark red fresh coloured blood and after say 24h change to pinky light brown.
Yes the little miracle is still doing ok... But the fear is just so overppwering. I have searched and asked many ppl is weekly bleeding normal...most have said they have had breakthrough bleeding (time of month) All i get from midwives is yes its normal.
If there is anyone out there who can relate to this please comment.x

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LillyD said on 30 July 2014

Am I doing the right thing? Please advise...

I am 5 weeks+3. I had pink discharge and minor cramp 3 days ago (Sunday) after bowel movement. I was terrified as similar thing happened to me last year and I lost the baby.
I went to EPU at St Thomas on Monday. The scan shows the sac is there but too early to see a heart beat. I need to come back in 2 weeks time. The nurse said the chance is 50/50. This time I took things in my hand as my GP, nurse would not check my blood to see if I have low progesterone. I borrowed some progesterone pills from a friend who had similar experience and bought progesterone overseas. Btw, she is now 30 wks.
I took 2 x50mg Progesterone pills twice a day from Monday evening, and stayed in bed most of the time. On Tuesday, my discharge became lighter, like a creamy colour. And, today it is completely normal all day!
I know it is bad to self diagnose and medication, but I am desperate. Also, doctors from outside UK often prescribe Progesterone for early pregnancy bleeding... If the cause was to do with Chromosomes, the Progesterone would not help anyway... Given that, I am still a bit nervous about it.
Spoke to the nurse at St Thomas as well as my GP. They are both saying they don't recommend, but they also do not think there is any harm.
Anyways, I will be bedresting for the rest of this week, which I think is absolutely important for anyone who experiences bleeding at early stage of pregnancy.
Love to hear from other mums to be

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kabs100 said on 20 June 2014

I thought I would share my experiences of bleeding during pregnancy in case it helps anyone in the future. I hsd bleeding at 15 weeks and then again the other day at 26 weeks. Something I wasn't sure about was what do the NHS consider to be bleeding. Well anything ranging from light & dark brown, light pink through to red is considered a form of bleeding and should be checked out. Basically anything that looks different from your nirmal discharge. I live near Lewisham hospital and if you are under 18 weeks you'll need to be referred to the Early Pregnancy Unit. You'll need to be referred by your midwife or A&E. They treat bleeding v seriously even if its just a spot so don't be concerned that you're wasting A&Es time. Fortunately this time round I only had spotting and a quick internal examination confirmed my cervix was still closed and the baby's heartbeat was fine.

For my 26 week bleed it was a light pink and I was told to go straight to the labour ward. An internal examination (speculum) uncovered a fair amount of bright red blood though not enough to soak a maternity pad. They treated this very seriously and I was admitted overnight to the Antenal Ward where I received excellent care. Fortunately my bleeding stopped after 12 hours and the baby's heartbeat was fine throughout plus my cervix was closed. A scan also revealed I had no bleeding from the placenta or within my uterus so we put it down to my cervix.

As you can see from the article on this page there can be many reasons for bleeding and it's really important you find out the causes of yours as soon as possible. However try not to worry too doesn't always mean there is something serious happening.

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DonnaHM said on 11 June 2014

Looking for some more reassurance please!
On Sunday I started with some horrible brown discharge almost like the end of a period.Then a while later only for 20 mins or so when I wiped it was red blood no clots but just blood. This happened everytime I wiped, not filling the tissue but enough to scare us. It then changed to the brown again.Went to walk in centre saw on call doc who checked pee for infection all ok. We had our scan booked for Monday - 12 weeks. Everything was fine baby, heartbeat no signs of blood inside. The brown continued until this morning 4am, went to loo wiped and a small amount of red blood not clots, no severe cramps just a little nipping pain around and above pubic bone. Spoke to midwife who said she sure nothing is wrong but we have been booked with the EPU for a scan on Friday. I am terrified. No more blood at the moment just brown again. Anyone have similar experience? So scared. First time mum.

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bev87 said on 18 May 2014

I found out I was 4 weeks pregnant last week, when I was admitted to hospital as my gp througth I was having a ectopic pregnancy and ref me to hospital, I was keepted in over nigth and had bloods,urin and a pysical examination done, I was told everything look ok and I would have a scan the following morning to make sure the baby is where it should be, witch it was in the rigth place I ask why am bleeding for then the doctor and nurse reassured me this is a common thing and will settle on its own, a week later the bleeding got much worse and went back to hospital alll the test where done again and come back ok so was allowed to go home the next day I was fresh blood with clots so I rang the out of hours doctor, witch they said I had a miscarriage, I keep think what dif I do wrong as I was trying for 4 years and through would never happen, to have my baby taken away why ? I done everything the doctors and nurse advised me to do.

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MAH21 said on 07 May 2014

Hi all, I'm just gone 7 weeks pregnant. I experienced bad cramps 3 days ago with light bleeding whilst passing urine. The bleeding only seems to be there when I wipe. I saw my GP today who re-took the pregnancy test which the line did appear but was only very faint. I have a scan tomorrow but just wondering if anyone else had experienced this as understandably very worried. This is my first pregnancy.

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Rou123 said on 12 April 2014

I dont know how far along i am, but this month my period was late 4 days when it finally started it was spotting light pink. After a few days it quit but then it came back more heavy and then dwindled off after a day then i wouldnt bleed for a day or so, this has gone on for about 2 weeks now. I went to the doctor And asked him about it, took a test and suprise! im pregnant but he said i could be miscarrying.. this worries me it is my first baby. He took blood to check my progesterone levels and told me to come back in two days (which is tomorrow). Im so scared that im losing my first baby.. Has anyone else had anything like this? Or can anyone offer reassurance? Please im wracking my brains..

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Pleasesuggest said on 02 April 2014

My wife is pregnant, last first day of menses 14-november 2013
Approx. Currently I have been doing sex with her a d she get relaxed 5 times.
And when we she clean are vagina , she was noticed a bit spot of light brown blood. Than at the same time we visit doctor, doctor take ultrasound( vaginal) whose report will be given in an hour.
Doctor told me that she need bed rest.
Still 2 days, in the morning when she wake up, she found one spot while cleaning her vagina with tissue paper after urine.

My question is that is it normal or not? i didnt sleep for 2 night, please tell me, i will also send you her ultrasound report when i get it.
Please reply me as soon as possible.

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User847326 said on 17 March 2014

I am 16 weeks. I started bleeding yesterday and went straight to the RVI hospital in Newcastle where I was seen to immediately. The blood was dark red at first then became brown whilst I was waiting to be seen. The doctor carried out an internal examination and told me my womb was closed which was a good sign. Because I had cramping, using the speculum was painful so the doctor was unable to examine my cervix. This meant however, I was taken for a ultrasound scan straight away too. The baby was fine and moving, I saw the heart beating, the placenta was high (where it should be) so there was no signs of bleeding inside or where the baby was. I still have brown discharge the next day, but I was told it would only be a worry if the blood became fresh again- which would be a bright almost luminous red.

To be fair, I had overdone it the day before; building wardrobes and the like - so it was a stark reminder to take it easy.

Nevertheless, it was still a fright; and I would always recommend that expecting mothers go straight to their hospital if they have any doubt. There are never any stupid questions.

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Chirtsey said on 13 December 2013

TannyB said on 25 January 2013 "feel like the NHS don't care if you are under 12 weeks."
I was 8 weeks pregnant when I started spotting, nearly 9 weeks when I started bleeding. I went to the out of hours doctor who arranged for me to have a scan two days later in the afternoon. The following day the bleeding got worse so my mum rushed me to a&e at the RVI in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was immediately sent up to the early pregnancy unit. The staff brought the scan forward to the next morning and got me to stay the night as I was bleeding quite heavily. They were great, couldn't do enough for me and my husband. They were supportive, informative and caring. I went home the day of my scan as I only had light bleeding and had lost the baby, I had to go back two days later for another blood test and they phoned me that night to let me know that my hormone levels had definitely dropped. A day later my own doctor phoned. She'd seen that I had seen the out of hours doctor and asked if I was ok. As for the NHS not caring, it depends on the hospital. I have found some are more caring than others.

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JayLeanne said on 07 December 2013

Mummy27 - I am 13 weeks pregnant and had a light period last week, got scared as seen blood, went to out of hours service in hospital and got checked out.Everything was fine. It is very common to have a 'period' as such in early pregnancy. They told me to put a hot water bottle on your tummy to ease cramps. (some women have periods throughout whole pregnancy). They did however say they do not know why this can happen. You wont see anything on a scan if you are 3-4 weeks as your baby is probably no more than 2cm big! Also remember you can have a slightly heavier period after sex. What we all have to remember is our bodys are changing rapidly, muscles are moving for room for baby (this can explain some cramping). Also if your hormones change rapidly (i.e happy as larry one day and crying and sad the next) this can affect your body in ways you never thought possible. I have my scan on monday and will let you know if all ok. I hope my comments have helped you. Enjoy pregnancy ! its a great time to make others to do things for us and not having to run around after everyone else. Take it easy and know your limits. Don't be afraid to say no if you can't do something.

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Hens1982 said on 05 December 2013

I'm 11 weeks pregant and for the last few days have had black / dark brownish blood clotting and some really, really light bleeding. I have no cramps or pain at all but I'm thinking the worst. I went to A &E to try and get a scan for my own piece of mind but I can't get one now until tomorrow so I'm in limbo a bit at the moment. They did an internal scan and my cervix is still closed but I do feel like I'm waiting for the inevitable bad news.

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Mummy27 said on 05 December 2013

Hi their I'm new to this,looking for bit of advice,found out I'm pregnant but bn getting some spotting wen wiped was light pinkish/brownish colour so went up to early pregnancy they did ultrasound but couldn't c anything apart from lining had got really thick as if my body getting ready for baby,was really worried they couldn't c anything but they said I'm really early on about 3-4 wks is it normal to find anything on scan at that stage??i woke up this morning went to toilet I'm bleeding like having period but no cramps so phoned triage they said jst rest nothing to worry about cause I'm nt cramping,I'm jst really worried I'm gonna lose baby as I have had miscarriage at beginning of yr we so desperate for baby I jst soo scared I'm losing this one I'm trying nt to stress but bit hard wen nt sure if I'm losing baby,any advice or reassurance would be great thanks so my mind cn be at ease a bit x

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parkerr5994 said on 22 November 2013

i am 11 weeks pregnant and after battlig constipation for the last couple weeks ibegan to bleed for about two hours. is this something i should be concerned about
? it wasnt not red it was more brown but as a first timer i dont want to over react.

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forensic fox said on 11 October 2013

Had the scan today and the bleeding stopped, but the baby has gone there is still a sac there that needs to come away but just have to wait for that to happen. Hope you all have happier news xxx

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forensic fox said on 09 October 2013

I am now 6 weeks I have been bleeding heavily with big black clots and cramps for 10 days. Went for a scan and the baby is still there! I really thoughtvi was having a miscarriage but it is hanging in there. I have to go back on friday as thrre is no heartbeat yet! So hopefully we will see a heartbeat. But I feel numb I had come to terms with the fact I had lost the baby and I don't want to get my hopes up to go through it all again on friday! I have searched every site to find a reason but nothing to suggest why heavy bleeding and cramps when baby is still there?! I will let you know on friday what happens but for now know that it is still possible to have bleeding and still be pregnant. I hope this helps someone because I just needed to know if it had happend to anyone else xxxx

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Kay xxx said on 05 October 2013

I started to bleed 4 days ago and still am know I have had lost baby's before so I no the signs but this one don't make sense yesterday was like I was on still bleeding having to wear a pad no pains nothing I rung my midwife and doctors can't scan me till Monday as that's when I'm 7 weeks !!! I haven't lost any clots so baby hasn't come away can you bleed and still be ok??? I've got 3 kids and had a spot bleed with 2 but never anything like this before has any one had this and baby has been ok?? It come out abit string last night then after just bleeding started brown then gone red like a period :/:/ thanks for reading

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Tmk89 said on 19 September 2013

Hi all, im 24, just wanted to know if anyone could answer my question..... i started bleeding a few days ago, it started off small but within 24 hours it was just like a period and have been bleeding since (3 days now), i had a scan done but they couldnt find a heartbeat, they said this could be because im only a few weeks, i had blood test done and said i had to go back 48 hours later (which will be tomorrow) and they are going to compare my hormone levels to see if its miscarriage,eptopic or everything could be appointment is in the morning does anyone how long it will take for my results to come back for them to tell me? would really appreciate if someone that knows could let me know? x

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Gill26 said on 19 September 2013

I'm 5 weeks pregnant and currently having heavy bleeding like a period. I've been down to A&E who told me there's nothing they can do and i could be Miscarrying. I live in leeds and was told by St James early pregnancy unit that they cannot scan until 6 weeks as nothing will even be detected so I can't understand how these other people have said they were given a scan at 4-5 weeks! It makes no sense at all! I'm getting stomach cramps nothing major but I do know of people who have been pregnant and had periods during the first few months of pregnancy so I really don't know what to think its such an awful feeling. I've been told to wait a week and then test again if pregnant then if so to book in with EPU and that unfortunately it's just a waiting game. I definitely don't urge anybody to rush down to hospital because at some EPU s u can't just walk in u have to ring first. I get the impression that basically if your under 6 weeks there's nothing they can do unless they're unwilling but it's heart breaking and a horrible waiting game. I was told by my GP she thought by the sound of it I'm Miscarrying and to look out for blood clots.. I have no clots and am just hoping and praying that the baby survives :-(

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Evans70 said on 28 March 2013

Any bleeding and or pain during pregnancy should be checked out. After informing your GP get an ambulance to collect you and take you to your nearest hospital.

It may be some slight bleed but it should get checked out.

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marijam said on 22 February 2013

From around week 6 I started having a light brown discharge. I saw my GP and was referred to EPU. The scan had shown a healthy fetus with a clear heart beat. I also found out that I had a blood clot in the uterus. This condition is called Subchorionic Hemorrhage or SCH for short.
The nurse exact words were - there is awful lot of women who come to EPU with an early pregnancy bleeding and are diagnosed with SCH, in the majority of the case the blood clot resolves itself by week 12 – 20, it either bleeds out or dissolves.

I kept on having brown discharge, never too much, sometimes with a line of red in. It was mainly in the mornings.

I have also read quite a few forums discussing an early pregnancy bleeding and noticed that in spite of being quite uncommon, there is not much said of SCH.

In any case if you have a bleeding/spotting/colored discharge lasting for days, please don’t ignore it, but see a doctor and ask for a scan as soon as possible.

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TannyB said on 25 January 2013

I am 11 weeks pregnant and started bleeding lightly yesterday. I don't know about anyone else out there but I feel like the NHS don't care if you are under 12 weeks. There seems to be no rush to get in to EPU to get it checked out. As for seeing you as soon as possible, i don't think this is a correct assumption of what happens. Winchester hospital were sent my details by my GP yesterday but I had to chase up my GP this morning to get an appointment and we now have to wait the entire weekend before I am seen on Monday. I am really not happy about this as we went through fertility treatment to get this far.

I have tried to contact the PCT in Winchester but there seems to be no way to contact them on the NHS website.

What do you have to do for these people to understand how important this situation is to a would be mum?

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gia442 said on 15 August 2012

What should I do if my GP seems to be not concerned at all in case of early pregnance bleeding?

This is my first and I am really worried and so far our GPs dont seem to be concerned about diagnosing me.

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kirstyyjade91 said on 18 June 2012

In the first few weeks of my pregnancy i had spotting which was a pink/red colour, saw my midwife and she told me to keep an eye on it, if it got worse contact her straight away but this stopped after a few days. i am now 26 weeks weeks pregnant and had a severe bleed after intercourse, i contacted the hospital and they were brilliant, saw to me straight away and my baby is fine.
i can suggest to anyone if you have any signs of bleeding, get it checked out as soon as possible!

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emteg91 said on 28 May 2011

When I was 15 weeks pregnant I started bleeding quite heavily so I called my midwife for advice, and she suggested I rang my local delivery unit for a check-up and further advice. My local delivery unit is at The Rosie, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, and they were fantastic! Within an hour of calling for advice, I was on the unit and baby's heartbeat and movements were being monitored, along with all of my usual checks (blood pressure, temp, urine etc). They kept me in the hospital for two nights for observation, and when my bleeding hadn't stopped after then, they did a scan to check on the placenta and position of the baby. They never once said to me anything along the lines of "stay at home and see how it goes", come in to us in a few days or so. It was there and then!! I also went into hospital again last night with another bleed, now at 27 weeks, and they gave me a steroid injection to speed up the process of baby's lungs, in case I was to go into premature labour. I will be going back tomorrow for a second one too. I would recommend The Rosie at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, to ANYONE! :-) Five stars! xx

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DueAugBaby said on 13 December 2010

I conceived on nov 19th, 2010.(approximate) I am now almost 4 weeks pregnant. Today I saw a light pink Color discharge when I went to pee. It never happened to me till now. I have my first doc' appointment on 16th. I will be telling her about this but not sure if I should rush in tomorrow itself!!! Also, it happened to me only once today. I am checking every one hour now & it looks ok (thank god!!!) This is my first baby and I was super excited until I saw the discharge today. I am really worried ..... I don't want to loose my baby!!

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bouncingk said on 04 December 2010

Deall all, congratulations on your news of new pregnancies. I am 6 weeks and we are over the moon. At approx 4-5 weeks i started to bleed. I was advised by early preganancy support to call them back if it continued after 3 consequtive days which i did. I was taken on that day for a scan and my husband and I saw our baby for the first time. Even at 5 weeks we saw and heard its little heartbeat. However by the use of the scan - we could see that I have a collection of blood in my womb. Its thankfully beneath my baby and not connected to its sac. I was informed it could have been from implantation but is just coming away now. I have a further scan for 2 weeks time. I have never been pregnant before and there is no history of issues in my family so all my fingers are crossed for a healthy baby.
I think its only natural for expectant mothers to worry and I dont think i have worried so much in my life as i did that day. I continue to bleed daily - more like spotting but have no pain other than normal cramping which you would expect during pregnancy. If i do get pain i am to return immediately.
Having been through this its amazing the amount of people that have said to me they had the same kind of scpotting/bleeding and now have healthy children. Perhaps its just that as i have been lucky enough to have an early scan, mines has been seen before it all comes away. This is what we hope anyway.
I hold onto the 3 facts:
1. the blood is at the bottom of the womb so does not have to pass the baby.
2. its not connected to my baby
3. most important: we saw its strong heartbeat.
I hold onto the positives otherwise i worry my stress will become my baby's. I hope that others hold onto the positives for them too!
Good luck to you all and remember that bleeding does not ALWAYS mean the worst. Get support as soon as you see anything like blood and it helps reassure you somewhat!

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Kirsty&Kris said on 15 November 2010

I didn't really have vaginal bleeding it was more a brown discharge.I went to my GP at 5 weeks who was not concerned but told me to come back if it did so at 6 weeks I returned and was sent for a scan the next day.Whilst at the EPU they said it was still too early to make any diagnosis because they couldn't see enough.However i was told it wasn't looking good and to return in 10 days time.that was the worst 10 days of my life.I was diagnosed with what is called a mis-miscarriage.I am pregnant again (4 wks) and I've had brown discharge again! This time I am going to wait till I'm 8 weeks so that I do not have to wait 10 days to find out if all is well or not.I'd like to add I'm not in any pain and I wasn't before either.but I do know that even if I wanted my mind settled at this early stage there is actually nothing they can do for you because the featal heartbeat cannot be I agree the wording on this article should be changed unless your at risk of eptopic pregnancy

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SuzeR25 said on 06 September 2010

Ive found out I am pregnant, its my first! I think I am around 4 - 6 weeks!I started bleeding 4 days ago. I called my GP and got an appointment within 2hrs and was then sent straight up to the hopsital. They checked me over and said to come back for a scan the next morning. They said everything was fine, saw the heart beat and they said the bleeding should just eas off! But how long does it last? Im still unsure. Im not in any pain, so does that mean it should be ok?Im just worried but not sure if Im worrying for nothing because there was a heart beat and the doctors said they were happy with everything.

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charlie flynn said on 31 August 2010

I am 41 yrs old and 10 weeks pregnant. I have had a discharge for the past 6 days. It started as dark red blood mixed with mucus but is now changing to a lighter shade of red.

I saw my dr today who immediately contacted the EPU - they will see me on Thursday for a scan.

I am worried as I had a miscarriage in February so am not feeling confident...just crossing my fingers at mo.

Good luck to everyone in the same position

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franipar said on 25 May 2010

I am/was 11 weeks pregnant, and 5 days ago started spotting of a darkish red/brown colour, two days later it changed to very light, bright red bleeding more noticable when wiping, and continued for several days. Went to see Dr who booked a scan, the scan sadly detected no hearbeat and the baby size only looked like 6 weeks not 11 weeks, I am now miscarrying. My advice is to get checked out as soon as you can, it's better to know than not. The doctors/ nurses have been very supportive. Sometimes bleeding can be nothing serious, I have friends who bled during pregnancy and were ok. Sadly not for everyone ;-(

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cassie194 said on 12 April 2010

This is my first pregnancy, i dont know how far gone i am but i think i am about 10 weeks, and i have had cramps all the way through ( Aprently this is normal?) and i had a little bit of blood, i am quite a paranoid person, and i dont know whats wrong, i didnt get a straight answer, i got told many things, like i could be having a miscarrige, i could be losing a twin, everything, but no one will see me to check me over, i would like my mind put to rest, is bleeding sometimes normal without having a miscarrige? ?

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kitty_77 said on 09 November 2009

P.S nhs... please put an artical about spotting on your site to put our minds at rest? there's nothing on this site at all that refers to "spotting" or the discription/symptom, although health practitioners are fully aware of it's existence.

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kitty_77 said on 09 November 2009

I'm also 6 weeks pregnant and have very slight bleeding (its mostly discharge but there's the small amount of blood there too. Does anyone know, when it stops being normal spotting? and becomes something to worry about?

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leeroy221 said on 03 November 2009

My wife is around 14 weeks pregnant now. After intercourse recently she spotted a very small trace of blood mixed in with my seamen, is this just cervical erosion, or should it be something we get checked out? This is our first baby so we are not really sure what to expect.

Thanks for your help : )

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Sarahac said on 20 June 2009

"If you have bleeding, contact your maternity team or early pregnancy unit at your local hospital straight away."
This suggests that you should get to the hospital as soon as the bleeding starts. In my first pregnancy, I began bleeding at 6 weeks, went to the hospital and was told that nobody would see me as 'it's just a sac of cells at the moment, not a proper baby'. So, unfortunately, it is very difficult to follow the advice that is suggested above. I am now on my 3rd pregnancy and bleeding again and am unsure what to do. I don't want to be told the same thing again. (My middle pregnancy resulted in a son who died at just 8 hours.)
I agree with the comment above about the wording of this article. The 'straight away' aspect of it does case worry but also anger that this is, in reality, not possible.

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agric said on 12 June 2009

The appointment on the 16th was for the EPU. I came on today for an update. Our GP, thankfully, also thought the 16th was not "straight away". So after a quick phone call and a letter to take with us, we headed down to be seen on the 11th. Sadly there was no real answer, but it does not look promising. What I wanted to say, was that once we were seen by someone, the care we recieved from all the staff in Ward 8 at Raigmore Hospital was incredible. We have to wait for a follow up blood test on Monday 15th and hopefully it will give us a better idea about what is happening.

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User80834 said on 12 June 2009

most hospitals these days have an early pregnancy unit / clinic - so i would say that if you can't get an appointment with your midwfie, to call the EPU and get in there

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agric said on 11 June 2009

"Some causes of vaginal bleeding are more serious than others, so it’s important to find the cause straight away."

This, to me, says finding out straight away could either put your mind at ease or confirm that you are at risk of a miscarriage. Both of these are better than sitting around worrying and not knowing one way or another. The unknown does not allow us to deal with a situation but does allow our minds to run riot with possiblities.

So does this mean that any bleeding that occurs, say around 10 weeks of pregnancy on the 10th of June, should be looked at as soon as possible?

It's obviously not really worth worrying about a little bleeding at this stage, otherwise we would not be waiting until the 16th of June for a check up. I assume 5 days of waiting to see what happens falls under the "straight away" wording.

We will just sit and wait to find out if it is nothing serious or a miscarriage. Perhaps we will get lucky and a cancellation will come up and we can have a check up a little earlier.

I suggest this article is worded more carefully, taking into account how the actual NHS works and not how it should work in a perfect world. Perhaps "as soon as possible", "in the next week" or "whenever you can be fitted in" would be appropriate and more honest phrases. There is not an earlier appointment so saying "straight away" only causes more anger and worry during an already terrifying time.

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