Many women have some vaginal bleeding when they are pregnant. In some cases, the bleeding is not serious. And there aren't any more problems with the pregnancy.
But sometimes bleeding is a sign of a more serious problem. This is more common if the bleeding is heavy or painful. Examples of more serious problems include miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy, or a problem with the placenta.
You may have to see your doctor again to be sure everything is okay. You may also need more tests to find the cause of the bleeding.
For some women, home treatment is all they need. But it depends on what is causing the bleeding. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any new symptoms or if your symptoms get worse.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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