Bleeding and Spotting During Pregnancy

What Happens Next?

When you call your practitioner, she'll decide whether she's not worried at all, wants to monitor the situation by having you stay off your feet for a few hours and call back, or wants you to come in immediately. She may order an ultrasound to see what's going on with the fetus.

Unfortunately, if the bleeding is due to a miscarriage, there's nothing that can be done.

If the bleeding is a sign of preterm labor, your doctor will take steps to prevent it, possibly recommending bed rest or medication.

If the bleeding is due to placenta previa -- a condition in which the placenta covers the mouth of the uterus -- then your doctor may put you on modified bed rest. She'll probably avoid conducting an internal vaginal exam, and will probably recommend that you have a c-section when your baby is ready to be born. A scheduled c-section is usually done at 38 or 39 weeks, but women with placenta previa often bleed in the third trimester. If this is the case, the c-section may be done earlier.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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