It’s common to have light bleeding or ‘spotting’ without pain before 12 weeks. This isn’t often serious, but you should contact your doctor, midwife or Early Pregnancy Unit immediately to be checked, just in case.
Bleeding in pregnancy after 12 weeks is not common. Contact A&E or your hospital maternity unit immediately so you can be checked.
Light bleeding or spotting can happen in the first trimester (first 12 weeks of pregnancy) for a few reasons.
Implantation is when the fertilised egg (developing embryo) is embedding into the wall of the womb. This usually happens around the time your period would normally have been due. Some women have had implantation bleeding after 8 weeks of pregnancy.
An implantation bleed is very light bleeding (spotting) that is usually pinkish and sometimes brown. You may see it when you wipe after going to the toilet or in your underwear. It shouldn’t be enough to soak through pads or underwear. Usually it only lasts for a day or so, though for some women it can last a little longer.
Pregnancy hormones can cause changes to the cervix, which can sometimes cause bleeding. The cervix gets an increased blood supply and becomes softer. This can cause some bleeding after sex (known as post-coital bleeding).
Occasionally, vaginal bleeding can also be caused by an infection.
Bleeding can sometimes be a sign of something more serious. Try to remember that many women who have bleeding in early pregnancy (before 12 weeks) go on to have a successful pregnancy. Just make sure that your symptoms are checked.
A miscarriage is when a pregnancy ends before 24 weeks.
- bleeding, especially bleeding that is bright red and and needs a pad
- back or stomach pain or cramping.
Some women may experience a 'threatened miscarriage'. This is diagnosed where there is ongoing bleeding with or without pain but the woman is still pregnant.
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants outside the womb, usually in the fallopian tube. Symptoms can include:
- tummy pain on one side
- pain in the tip of the shoulder
- discomfort when peeing or pooing.
A molar pregnancy is when a foetus doesn't form properly in the womb and a baby doesn't develop. Symptoms can include:
- severe morning sickness
- an unusually swollen tummy.
Some women may experience a light bleed later on in their pregnancy. This is may not be from inside the womb, but from the cervix, for example, which can cause bleeding after sex. This may settle and doesn't necessarily mean there is a problem, but you should contact the hospital maternity unit immediately so you can be checked, just in case.
There are two more serious causes of bleeding in late pregnancy:
Low-lying placenta (placenta praevia)
The area where the placenta is attached usually stretches upwards away from your cervix. A low lying placenta is when the placenta stays low in your womb, near to or covering your cervix. This may block the baby’s way out. In most cases, this would have been seen at one of your routine ultrasound scans and you will have an extra scan later in your pregnancy to see if the placenta has moved up.
If the placenta is still low in your womb you may blead heavily during your pregnancy and your baby’s birth. This can put you and your baby at risk. If you have a low lying placenta and you have bleeding you may need emergency treatment – call 999.
You’re more likely to need a caesarean section if you have a low-lying placenta.
Placental abruption (abruptio placentea)
This is a serious condition in which the placenta starts to come away from the womb wall. It usually causes extreme stomach pain which does not come and go like contractions. It may occur even if there is no bleeding.
Contact your hospital maternity unit immediately if you are bleeding in late pregnancy.
Find out more about placental abruption.
During your antenatal care your midwife will find out your blood group and whether you have rhesus positive or negative blood. Knowing which group you are in is important. If you have rhesus negative blood, but your partner has rhesus positive blood, your baby has a chance of having rhesus positive blood too. If this happens, your body might see your baby’s blood as different to yours and develop antibodies. These antibodies can pass across the placenta and attack your baby’s blood cells.
This won’t normally affect your first pregnancy, but it can be very serious in later pregnancies. Because of this, if you have rhesus negative blood your midwife will offer you an injection called anti-D during your pregnancy to protect your baby.
If you have any bleeding or trauma to your bump (for example, if you fall over) contact your midwife or hospital maternity unit immediately. You may need to be checked and possibly have another injection of anti-D.
Talk to your midwife if you have any questions about your and your baby’s blood type.
Any bleeding in pregnancy should be investigated even if you are not experiencing any other symptoms. It is important to make contact with a health professional to be seen as soon as possible.
Before 12 weeks pregnant
If you feel generally well and the bleeding is not heavy, then you can call your GP or midwife (if you have one yet) for an appointment who can then assess if they need to refer to the local Early Pregnancy Unit. Sometimes, you can self-refer to a local Early Pregnancy Unit depending on your history and where you live. If you call your local GP surgery they should be able to advise you.
You can also call NHS 111 if you feel you need urgent medical help but it is not an emergency.
Go to your local A&E if you are experiencing bleeding and:
- it is during the night or at the weekend when a GP is unavailable
- the bleeding is heavy
- the pain is severe
- you feel generally unwell
After 12 weeks pregnant
Go to your local A&E or contact the hospital maternity unit immediately so you can be checked, just in case.
What to expect if you need to go to the Early Pregnancy Unit?
When you go to the Early Pregnancy Unit you may wish to bring someone with you for support.
Firstly, you’ll be asked about:
- your symptoms
- your medical history
- any previous pregnancies
- the date that your last period started (so they can estimate how many weeks pregnant you may be).
Then, they may ask you to provide a urine sample to confirm that you are pregnant, or you may have an ultrasound scan.
They may also do an internal scan, where a small probe is inserted through your vagina to get a clearer picture. This is helpful if you are very early on in your pregnancy. It is not possible to do an abdominal scan as the pregnancy sac is tucked deep inside the uterus, in the pelvis, so a vaginal scan is the only option this early in the pregnancy.
Ultrasound scans are safe to have and do not carry any risk of causing a miscarriage.
It’s unlikely that they will be able to see a heartbeat if you’re not around 6-7 weeks pregnant yet. Instead, they will be checking the size of the pregnancy sac and that it is in the womb. This helps to rule out an ectopic pregnancy.
It’s usually possible to see the baby’s heartbeat from about 7 weeks. Sometimes they may need to invite you back for another scan about 1-2 weeks after your first one if:
- they want to check the baby’s growth
- they could not get a good enough picture during the first scan
- your bleeding or other symptom continue.
Other tests and examinations you may have
A speculum and/or vaginal examination
This involves a small instrument covered in gel being inserted into the vagina. This allows the doctor to check the neck of the womb to see if there is any obvious cause for the bleeding. It isn’t painful, but it can sometimes be a little uncomfortable.
This involves inserting a swab (which looks like a long cotton bud into the vaginal to collect some cells. This is to check for infections, such as chlamydia. The swab is safe to do and not painful.
A blood test
This is done to check your pregnancy hormone level (hCG). If this is under 5 IU/L then this indicates that you are not pregnant.
If it is above 5 IU/L they will expecting it to double about every 2-3 days, so they may ask you to come back to the unit for another blood test a few days later to see if the level is rising or falling.
Depending on the results of these tests, they will plan with you what will happen next. It can be a bit overwhelming when you get a lot of information at once, especially at stressful times, so feel free to ask as many questions as you need to make sure you understand what is happening and what to expect. They should also give you some written information to take away with you and a contact number to call in case you have further questions or need advice when you get home.Hide details
If you have bleeding in your current pregnancy after one or more previous miscarriages, recent research has shown that progesterone can be beneficial. This research was published in 2019 and showed that the more previous miscarriages you had, the greater the benefit from progesterone treatment.
Progesterone is a hormone that helps thicken the lining of the womb and the mother’s body to accept the growing baby. It is given as pessaries (tablets) and taken twice daily in the vagina (like inserting a tampon).
The study that showed that progesterone can be an effective treatment was a large, multi-centre, randomised controlled trial, which is the gold standard of research trials.
4,153 women with early pregnancy bleeding from 48 hospitals across the UK participated in the study. Around half the women were given vaginal progesterone tablets and the other half were given placebo (dummy) tablets. The findings were:
- For women with no previous miscarriages: the live birth rate was 74% (824/1111) in the progesterone group and 75% (840/1127) in the placebo group, i.e no benefit.
- For women who have had 1 to 2 previous miscarriages: the live birth rate was 76% (591/777) in the progesterone group and 72% (534/738) in the placebo group, i.e some benefit.
- For women who have had three or more previous miscarriages: the live birth rate was 72% (98/137) in the progesterone group and 57% (85/148) in the placebo group, ie substantial benefit.
The study did not find any safety concern from progesterone treatment.
Talk to your doctor
If you have early pregnancy bleeding and a history of a previous miscarriage, progesterone treatment can be of benefit. As this research is relatively recent, your doctor may not have heard of it, so please discuss this treatment with your GP or the doctors at your local Early Pregnancy Unit. If necessary, show them this information or or download this leaflet and take it with you.
Information for clinicians
95% confidence interval
Previous history of miscarriage
Having more vaginal discharge during pregnancy is common, but speak to your midwife or doctor if you are unsure about any increase or change in your vaginal discharge.
Swelling or puffiness of your hands and feet is common in late pregnancy.
Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching around your growing baby.
A growing bump is the sign of a growing baby. Your midwife should start measuring your baby from 24 weeks to make sure they are growing well.
If you feel your midwife isn’t listening to you, you can ask to see another member of the team.
If you feel that something is wrong, or if you are worried about the baby, call your midwife or doctor to talk about it.
If you have a painful or burning sensation when you wee (urinate), you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI)
Vision problems can be caused by different issues in pregnancy. If you have vision problems always tell your midwife or hospital straight away.
Mild headaches can be caused by hormones and are common in pregnancy.
If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees Celsius, even with no other flu or cold symptoms, call your doctor or hospital maternity unit.
Stomach bugs are common in pregnancy. It is very unlikely that your baby will be harmed from a bug lasting less than 48 hours.
Fetal movements can be anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll. Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well.
NHS Choices. Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/vaginal-bleeding-pregnant/ (Page last reviewed 26/01/2018. Next review due 26/01/2021)
Harville EW et al (2003) Vaginal bleeding in very early pregnancy. Human Reproduction. Volume 18, Issue 9, 1 September 2003, Pages 1944–1947
Sue Macdonald and Gail Johnson (2017) Mayes' Midwifery, Elsevier, Edinburgh
NHS Choices. Molar pregnancy www.nhs.uk/conditions/Molar-pregnancy/ (Page last reviewed 20/07/2017. Next review due 20/07/2020)
Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (2011) A low-lying placenta (placenta praevia) after 20 weeks
NHS Blood and Transplant. Protecting women and babies with anti-D Immunoglobin http://hospital.blood.co.uk/media/28571/160915-27612-anti-d-blc7231p-final.pdf (Leaflet last reviewed 10/10/2016 Next review due 10/10/2019)
Coomarasamy et al (2019). ‘A Randomized Trial of Progesterone in Women with Early Pregnancy Bleeding’. New England Journal of MedicineHide details
ℹLast reviewed on October 11th, 2018. Next review date October 11th, 2021.
By Sienna (not verified) on 30 Dec 2018 - 20:05
Hello ladies any advice is great and helpful advice!
My periods are very regular since the beginning even through past bc and stuff it always ends up back in sync. My last period was Nov. 27. Oct 30 before that. My ovulation window was Dec 9 - 13 11th being expected ovulation.
Me and my boyfriend were very active the first 4 days. and from the 12th to 15th I experienced some cramping and on the 16th I started bleeding brown and pinkish was more like light spotting but gradually got a little heavier and more red not like period red though don’t really know how to describe it kind of bright white I wipe but when it drips it’s dark. Not enough for a pad but too much for a liner. And it isn’t consistent bleeds it’s just a little bit when I wipe but I’ll feel some come out with a cough sneeze etc. My expected period was the 25th today’s the 30th and I am still bleeding like this. I tested today mid day and got a negative. :( Any advice? Could I be pregnant ? I really hope so! My boyfriend thinks early miscarriage but I didn’t cramp at all while bleeding and no pain and no clots! Please I need any advice
By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Jan 2019 - 15:29
Please do another pregnancy test if you have not already done one. Any unprotected intercourse can result in pregnancy. If the test is negative and you are still experiencing abnormal bleeding, then please go to your GP for referral to a gynaecology specialist.
Please take care, Tommy's Midwife
By Favour (not verified) on 16 Dec 2018 - 17:57
Please I really need help.. Am 6 weeks pregnancy. Last week I had sex with my husband and the following day I started spotting and from spotting I started bleeding using 2 pad every day.. I have been bleeding for 1 week now and I have gone to the hospital I did scan the doctor said i have to remove the pregnancy that it is not forming well then I went to another hospital the doctor said I should go for another scan after two week that for now the scan shows that the pregnancy is still there.. I did a blood test yesterday and it was positive too.. No pains just bleeding and I had blood clot 2times..
I was given an injection and drugs on Thursday to stop the bleeding but am still bleeding although the bleeding is reducing since I started taking the drugs.. Am really confuse. What should I do next??
By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Dec 2018 - 14:02
Hi Favour, I am afraid that only a scan can confirm whether the pregnancy is on-going. The guidelines do suggest that a second scan after two weeks will be more conclusive. The blood test if repeated will also confirm whether the pregnancy is still viable. Look after yourself. Tommy's midwives
By Amanda (not verified) on 13 Dec 2018 - 11:09
Hi, i am 16 weeks pregnant and i yesterday when i pee and wipe myself i saw light pink blood....what is the cause for that and is that something to worry about.
By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Dec 2018 - 15:39
We would advise, that for any bleeding at this stage of pregnancy, you should contact your GP for a review. It is likely to be nothing to worry about however it is important to make sure it is not anything serious. Sometimes the reason for the bleeding is unknown, or else it can be from the cervix or due to infection.
By Alyssa (not verified) on 9 Dec 2018 - 10:52
I’m currently 32 weeks pregnant (I’ll be 33 weeks on Thursday) and I went to the bathroom and wiped and there was a little blood on the toilet paper. I don’t know if I should go to the hospital or what. I haven’t noticed any bleeding before until today and there wasn’t any in the toilet there was just a little on the toilet paper. My ob office isn’t open until Monday and I don’t have a midwife so I just wasn’t sure if I need to go to the closest hospital or what I should do.
By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Dec 2018 - 16:05
Hi Alyssa, Unfortunately we are not able to answer these questions every day and we are not an urgent referral centre but, I hope that you decided to ask for advice from your local maternity unit. Any bleeding in the 3rd trimester MUST be assessed as soon as possible. I hope all is well. Best wishes
By Amy (not verified) on 18 Nov 2018 - 02:23
Hi I am 14 weeks pregnant I had some spotting last mouth it was red blood doctors did a hormone test 48 hr it was perfect they said today is Saturday I woke up did a wipe when I went pee it was pink hrs later it was red then went to light pink now it stopped I don't have any pain I have a yeast infection can this be the reason why do doctors say the chance in a unborn baby only happens if they can't find a heart beat at 6 weeks I had a ultrasound sound down last month they said theres a heart beat can you bleed like this from an infection thanks
By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Nov 2018 - 14:04
Hi Amy, If you are bleeding I would advise you to go to see your doctor or go to the early pregnancy unit at your hospital. Infection can increase the risk of miscarriage so it is advisable to ask for your doctor's advice.
By K (not verified) on 14 Nov 2018 - 08:21
So I have had a bit of brown blood bleed the other day, contacted early pregnancy unit who were fab and had an early scan, all fine found a heartbeat! (I am 7 weeks pregnant) yesterday at work I did a lot of manual work and started bleeding more, do you think I have overdone things at work? I panicked and came home and bleeding stopped (it was all brown blood but just more than the first time) do I need to just be careful and go easier at work? Could doing too much have caused a bleed? Thank you xx
By Midwife @Tommys on 14 Nov 2018 - 12:03
Difficult to say what the cause is, but brown discharge indicates this is old blood and not a fresh bleed. Reassuring that it has stopped now. Yes, perhaps take it easier for a while and see what happens. Best wishes
By Sarah (not verified) on 9 Nov 2018 - 15:35
Hello again. I got in touch on Monday because I had a bleed on Sunday and I was concerned about the brown discharge that came after. The following day (Tuesday) I went for a scan which showed a small sub chorionic hematoma... there was a lot of brown after the scan and I was reassured that it was the hematoma causing it.
The following day consisted of brown clots, brown discharge and beige discharge. This was to be expected and I was not concerned.
Yesterday, and today, I have found a lot of clear discharge with orange tint when I wipe. Is this potentially the end of the hematoma or should I prepare self for another bleed?
By Midwife @Tommys on 12 Nov 2018 - 16:21
It is really difficult to know for sure.
Brown blood is old blood. So hopefully the end of what is being passed now. An orange tinge may need to be reviewed though in case there is infection present, especially if you notice any unusual smell too.
So please be checked over as soon as you can be at your GP/Early pregnancy assessment unit/ A&E minors or maternity unit.
All the best, Tommy's Midwife
By maryam (not verified) on 6 Nov 2018 - 16:20
My sister, 27 years old, have had 2 pregnancy losses at 17 weeks and 26 wks. Now she is 10 wks pregnant and her doctor suggested cerclage. She did not go for preconception checkups, as she was very upset and sad after her losses. I am pharmacist and I read some articles about the role of antiphospholipid antibodiesin pregnancy loss. I would like to know if she need to do these tests or not. 6 months after her first loss she has been diagnosed for type 1 diabetes and her last A1c was 6/3. She takes one tab levothyroxin for hypothyroidism hashimoto too. Look forward to hearing your advices and thanks for your time and consideration. Regards
By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Nov 2018 - 14:08
I am so sorry to hear about what your sister has been through, we will try to support best we can. If you could just copy this into an email and send it to [email protected] as it is quite complex.
By AMINAT (not verified) on 6 Nov 2018 - 10:28
GOOD DAY DOC,PLS AM 12WEEK PREGNANT BUT YESTARDAY AROUND 3AM AM seen blood all my body ,at arrond 8am i went to see my midwife,she cheched me and say my baby is fine.she gave me drug to stop the bleding.hope my baby we be fine.tanks.
By Sarah (not verified) on 5 Nov 2018 - 15:31
Hi. Yesterday, I found bright red blood on the tissue when I wiped. For the rest of the day, there was no blood, and clear discharge was found occasionally.
Today, there is no red blood but I am experiencing quite a few brown clots. I am booked in for a scan tomorrow to find out what’s going on.
Is the brown blood old blood from yesterday? The clots are stringy and mixed with white discharge. There is no smell except a faint smell of blood.
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Nov 2018 - 16:04
Old blood is brown in colour yes, so it is likely that this was from the same bleeding episode you had originally now all coming out. I am pleased that you have a scan tomorrow- so that you get a clear answer about whether things are ok or not. Wishing you all the best. Tommy's Midwife
By Flora Jones (not verified) on 5 Nov 2018 - 08:53
Hi, I am nearly 9 weeks pregnant and for the past 3 days I have been having brown bleeding. There is no pain associated with it and it is heavier than spotting but not enoigh to fill a pad. I am very worried as my last pregnancy ended in a missed miscarriage which we found out at the 3 month scan. I don't know if it is in my head but I feel as if my breasts are not as heavy either. Any reassurance/advice is appreciated.
By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Nov 2018 - 14:57
Hi Flora, Thank you for your comment.
It is reassuring that you are in no pain and that it is not fresh red bleeding but we would suggest that you call your GP or early pregnancy unit to be checked over. If this loss increases or you have any abdominal pain then you can always go to your local A and E to be seen. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Roxy (not verified) on 29 Oct 2018 - 07:10
Hi please help, I’ve done 3 pregnancy test two of which said pregnant but it was a super faint line on both. , and now 3 days later I’m bleeding with cramps in lower back, Was I even pregnant? Ive had 5 previous miscarriages but at a later stage. My son also was born prematurely at 27 weeks a year and a half ago and he sadly only survived for 8 days. Please help, those faint lines on the test have me going crazy.. was I even pregnant? Am I pregnant? The bleeding started this morning It wasn’t too dark but a pinky red.
Thanks for your help
By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Nov 2018 - 14:23
Hi Roxy, Thank you for your comment.
If you have taken a pregnancy test and you have seen a line then we would take this as a positive result. If you are still having spotting and you are unsure of a pregnancy then please call your GP who will be able to take a blood test for the pregnancy hormone, this will give you a more accurate result and tell you if you are pregnant. Keep an eye on the spotting and if this gets heavier or you have any abdominal pain then please seek further medical help. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Claire (not verified) on 15 Oct 2018 - 20:29
Hello, please can you help advise what is happening, yesterday I had a little gush of blood loss enough to go through knickers and jogging bottom, probably able a thimble full, hard to tell as I do know blood can seem much more when absorbing into clothes hospital, EPU and GP have all been very dismissive and not really provided me any reason on why this is happening nor want to see me, luckily I have reassurance scan on Friday, but going out of my mind after suffereing three missed miscarriage and a neonatal death. I must add I'm not in any pain.
By Midwife @Tommys on 17 Oct 2018 - 16:00
I am sorry to hear you have been through so much.
You were right to be seen- any bleeding in pregnancy needs to be reviewed by a dr, so I am pleased that you are being scanned on Friday. If you bleed anymore or develop pain, then you need to go back in and be scanned sooner. Some spotting can be normal, but many things needs to be ruled out first. Please take good care of yourself
All the best
By Deirdre (not verified) on 11 Oct 2018 - 05:00
To whom it may concern.
I'm really hoping Tommys can help me. We have had 3 miscarriages in 12 months between weeks 5-6. We used donor eggs (from two different donors) for the three embryos transferred. Prior to this we did 6 years of own egg IVF, all fails.
We did a fourth donor egg embryo transfer and today would have been exactly 7wks, only it now appears I'm miscarrying again. I had spotting throughout and had scans at 5 wks-saw sac. Scan at 6wks saw foetus measuring 6wks and strong heartbeat 122bpm.
I stupidly got excited as we'd never made it past week 6 and tests etc showed we were okay despite spotting m.5 Now it looks unlikely we ever will. Went to bathroom at 2am lots of bright red blood and clot down toilet. I'll go back to emergency just to confirm.
My question is is this definitely another miscarriage ? Can lots of red blue 7 wks be anything else? Can you still miscarry after strong heartbeat is seen? What causes 4 recurrent miscarriages? What causes repeated miscarriages when donor eggs are used ?
Thank you xx
By Midwife @Tommys on 11 Oct 2018 - 13:50
Hi Deirdre, Thank you for your comment.
We are so sorry to hear about what you have been going through, this must be a very difficult time for you and your partner. It is very difficult to diagnose this as a miscarriage and we would urge you to seek medical advise as soon as possible. A miscarriage can happened even when a heartbeat has been seen on scan and this can never be predicted. Have you had any investigations into recurrent miscarriage? If you are under the IVF clinic then it would be advisable to get in touch with them and speak to the Dr who is looking after you who can probably give you more accurate information. When using a donor egg there will always be a probability of risk and different success rates, this is why speaking to the fertility specialist may be a good option for you. We hope that you have managed to seek medical advise today and that you are being looked after well. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Lesley (not verified) on 26 Sep 2018 - 20:20
Hi i had a misscarriage in july i was 13 weeks +5 days, little bleeding on the tuesday scanned at the epau said all was fine, on the thursday evening i had a complete misscarriage whilst at work. I am now 5 weeks + 5 days & today i have noticed then when i wipe after a wee ther is a pinky/brown discharge on the tissue please advise as i really dont want to go back to the epau i went before & have booked a private scan in 8 days time . Is the discharge anything to be really concerend about, i am seeing my gp in 4 days time & my midwife in 2 weeks to book in . Please advise me. Thankyou.
By Midwife @Tommys on 27 Sep 2018 - 10:37
Hi Lesley, Thank you for your comment.
We are so sorry to hear about your miscarriage back in July, this must of been a very difficult time for you. Please be reassured that light pink brown spotting in early pregnancy can be very normal, it could be the remains of an implantation bleed. If you are concerned and don't want to wait until your private scan, you can always contact your GP who should be able to refer you for an early reassurance scan. This should be in the EPAU and it is understandable why you don't want to go back there but this is an option for you if you feel that this would be of help. Try and take it easy and if you have any heavy red bleeding or abdominal then please seek medical advice. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Briana (not verified) on 4 Sep 2018 - 11:59
Hi. I am 4 weeks and 5 days pregnant. Started having brown spotting 3 days prior my period. Tested positive on that day.
However on day 9, I'm still seeing brown and sometimes fresh blood when i wipe. I am worried as it is my first pregnancy.
Is it normal to have spotting for such a long time?
Thanks for your help.
By Marisa (not verified) on 15 Jul 2018 - 19:28
I m spotting when i wipe for 2 1/2 days now. 5 1/2 weeks pregnant and i go to work tomorrow. Im worried it can cause problems but my dr said not to worry. I miscarried 1 yr ago so im just scared
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Jul 2018 - 12:13
If you have been reviewed by your doctor, then hopefully he/she has booked you in for another review soon?
Spotting in early pregnancy can be normal- but being reviewed is sensible- as you have already done.
If the type of work you is too much, then your doctor can advise you. So perhaps it might be best to be seen again as soon as you can to get his/her advice.
All the best
By Beth (not verified) on 7 Jul 2018 - 01:46
Im really hoping for an immediate or quick response. I’m 7.5 weeks pregnant (I think, from a due date calculator site) and went on vacation a few days after we took a pregnancy test. I started bleeding 6 days ago and it hasn’t stopped. I need to wear a pad and change it 2-3x a day. It’s like a very light period. I don’t think I’m actively miscarrying, as I’ve heard that’s much more intense and lots more blood. I have had 3-4 episodes of mild cramping and that’s it.
I’m wondering if I should go see someone while I’m on vacation (not sure about insurance and costs on that). I was given the impression to wait it out and go see a midwife when I return home....which would be in 4 or 5 days. I guess that’s not hat far away, but as time has gone on I’m feeling guilty and questioning not getting checked out. Thank you! Bethany
By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Jul 2018 - 15:07
I would assume that you have made a decision as to whether to be checked out or not. We are not here at the weekend and are not able to respond urgently.
It is possible that you have been having a miscarriage although I couldn't confirm that without tests. Pain/cramping and bleeding together is a symptom. Your decision depends on where you are and how heavily you are bleeding. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need support when you are back from your holiday.
By Ellie (not verified) on 4 Jul 2018 - 18:22
I had an early scan after having miscarrying my last pregnancy. I am currently 9week and 2days. The scan was a TV ultrasound at the time there was no pain. Woke up this morning with spotting and 2 small clots. Is this normal to spot after a TV scan?
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jul 2018 - 14:17
Hi Ellie, Thank you for your comment.
Some women can experience some spotting after a TV scan but as you have past 2 clots then it is advisable that you seek medical advice, you have had no red bleeding or abdominal pain and this is reassuring but just because of the clots please get checked over for your reassurance. You can call the GP or early pregnancy unit if this is available. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Sarah (not verified) on 3 Jul 2018 - 21:24
Hi, I'm 42 and 20 weeks pregnant and since the beginning of my pregnancy once a month I've been getting brown discharge only for one day then it goes and I have really mold period pain, but only lasts a couple of hours. But this evening when I went to the loo I wiped and had brown blood, didn't look like the last times I had it, again with mild pains or more like an ache.
I had my 20 week scan yesterday and all day and now I can feel the baby move.
I'm quite worried as to what to do.
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jul 2018 - 13:38
Hi Sarah, Thank you for your comment.
It is reassuring that you have had your 20 week scan and that all was well, but if you are getting these pains and brown loss often, then we would advise that you call your local maternity unit to be seen. It could be that you may have erosions on the cervix that can bleed due to the increase blood supply but it is always better to get checked over and feel reassured. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Virgie (not verified) on 15 Jun 2018 - 15:33
Hi I'm 9 weeks and 4 days preggy and I've been bleeding for two weeks I used
two pantyliners a day and every time I pee there is brown blood. At 8 weeks it was bright red but after 3 days it becomes brown and so on. I did and ultrasound and the baby has a strong heart beat and no complications but why am still bleeding today? I'm scared i might miscarried.
By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Jun 2018 - 14:45
Hi Virgie, How long ago did you have the scan? If it was two weeks ago and you have continued to bleed it may be sensible to have another scan. However, we also know that women can have some bleeding as you describe and go on to have a normal pregnancy with a healthy baby.
By Clara Mkandawire (not verified) on 1 Jun 2018 - 10:07
I Am 20 Weeks Pregnant But Am Still Bleeding Every Month. What Is The Problem Pls Help.
By Midwife @Tommys on 1 Jun 2018 - 12:14
Occasionally, for some women, some bleeding in their pregnancy when their period would have been due can happen. However as with any bleeding in pregnancy we would always advise you to call your maternity unit to be reviewed. At 20 weeks you should also have had a scan recently or have one booked soon, if not then do contact your midwife as soon as possible to arrange this.
By Helen (not verified) on 28 May 2018 - 11:03
I am 42 and I have two children and this is my third pregnancy. I haven't seen spot bleeding during my previous pregnancies. Today I am eight weeks pregnant and I have been seeing spot bleeding for the three days hitherto. I visited gynecologist two weeks ago and he told me by blood and urine test my pregnancy is ok and my pregnancy is not out of womb. Then what is the cause of the bleeding? please, I need your immediate advise. Thank you very much!!!
By Midwife @Tommys on 29 May 2018 - 15:15
Sometimes bleeding in early pregnancy cannot be explained. Bleeding at any gestation of pregnancy should always be investigated as you have done, so you have done the right thing by getting checked.
It would be sensible for you to be scanned if you have another episode of bleeding to ensure that all is ok with the pregnancy. Your local early pregnancy assessment unit can review you and do the scan if they think it is necessary. Here is a link to our page on bleeding in pregnancy, you might find it useful.
I wish you all the best for the future
Sophie, Tommy's Midwife
By Naa1987 (not verified) on 9 May 2018 - 15:32
Am 10weeks 4days pregnant on Saturday I spotted blood wen I wipe so on Sunday I went to hospital to check but they said everything is alright but bleeding in the first trimester is normal it's wenesday am still bleeding I haven't seen any clot yet but am feeling the cramps pls I need help could it's be am losing my baby or wat
By Midwife @Tommys on 11 May 2018 - 10:09
I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing a worrying time at the moment. It is great to hear that you have been seen at the hospital and everything was ok however you say that the bleeding is on going and that you have a new symptom which is the cramps. It is great that you have not had any clots however it sounds like you should contact the hospital again to be reviewed. I know it is natural to think the worse, however it does not necessarily need that you are having a miscarriage.
I hope this helps and wish you all the best.
By Rachel Worden (not verified) on 18 May 2018 - 09:34
Bleeding in pregnancy is a worry but just to let you know I had heavy bleeding with large blood clots in my first pregnancy three times during the first trimester but after that it stopped. They never found out exactly why but each time I would go to A&E or early pregnancy unit and they would scan me to check everything ok. Advice would be to keep in contact with hospital, go in with any changes, and try to rest and keep on top of your iron either through food or Floridix and Spatone. I hope everything is ok x
By Claire (not verified) on 23 Apr 2018 - 15:23
I had some bleeding and stomach pains. I did call the MAU however they just said to keep an eye on it. How do I know there's no problems with the baby? I'm 14 weeks!
By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Apr 2018 - 12:23
We would advice that you call your local maternity unit again as you are bleeding and experiencing abdominal pain, they may want to scan you to see if there is any cause for the bleeding. You can also call your GP as well who will be able to refer you. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x
By Kelly (not verified) on 14 Apr 2018 - 09:26
I'm 8 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Yesterday I had some spotting which then stopped. And then today whenever I wipe there is some blood and I've got some aching in my back. I have endometriosis and I had an ectopic pregnancy last year. Do you think this could be happening again