Bleeding in pregnancy

If you have any bleeding during your pregnancy, with or without pain, it’s very important to get it checked out.

Is it normal to bleed in early pregnancy (before 12 weeks)?

What can cause bleeding in early pregnancy?

Bleeding and miscarriage

What are the causes of bleeding in late pregnancy (after 24 weeks)?

Rhesus negative

Where should I seek help for bleeding in pregnancy?

Bleeding in pregnancy when you have had a previous miscarriage

Is it normal to bleed in early pregnancy (before 12 weeks)? 

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.

What can cause bleeding in early pregnancy?

Light bleeding or spotting can happen in the first trimester (first 12 weeks of pregnancy) for a few reasons.

Implantation bleeding

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.

Cervical changes 

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 and miscarriage

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.

Symptoms can include:

  • 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.

Ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants outside the womb, usually in the fallopian tube. Symptoms can include:

  • bleeding
  • tummy pain on one side
  • pain in the tip of the shoulder
  • discomfort when peeing or pooing.

Molar pregnancy

A molar pregnancy is when a foetus doesn't form properly in the womb and a baby doesn't develop. Symptoms can include:

  • bleeding
  • severe morning sickness
  • an unusually swollen tummy.

What are the causes of bleeding in late pregnancy (after 24 weeks)?

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.

Rhesus negative

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.

Where should I seek help for bleeding in pregnancy?

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.

Vaginal swab

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.

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Bleeding in pregnancy when you have had a previous miscarriage

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.

Read more about the Prism trial. 

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NHS Choices. Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy (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

Sommerkamp S & Wittels K (2012) OB/GYN Emergencies, Elsevier, Philadelphia 

Sue Macdonald and Gail Johnson (2017) Mayes' Midwifery, Elsevier, Edinburgh

NHS Choices. 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 (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 Medicine

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    • By Israt Jahan (not verified) on 13 Sep 2019 - 12:00

      Now I’m 8 week pregnant last 3 days i have bleeding doctor say baby’s heartbeat normal. But bleeding still now ?

    • By Beautiful (not verified) on 10 Oct 2019 - 07:00

      Same here and my doctor said the same but im bleeding like menstrual

    • By ronke (not verified) on 13 Sep 2019 - 07:50

      Am two month plus pregnant, I have been bleeding for the past 6 day now, with stomach pain,

    • By Tee (not verified) on 16 Aug 2019 - 21:21

      Im very scared. Its been a week and a couple of days nd i have brown discharge or blood every day. 8 weeks i was told i have fabriods.dotors cant do anything beside give me bed rest

    • By Tebogo (not verified) on 16 Aug 2019 - 15:22

      Iam 9 weeks pregnant but since yesterday I was bleeding ,no pain

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 16 Aug 2019 - 16:11

      Please contact your GP or Early Pregnancy Unit for assessment of your bleeding. If the bleeding is very heavy and/or there is severe pain then you should go to your local A&E urgently

    • By Samina imran (not verified) on 22 Aug 2019 - 02:38

      I am 9 week pregnant yesterday i had having bleeding some time having cloth i have still bleeding but no pain

    • By Jessica stevens (not verified) on 9 Aug 2019 - 23:39

      Im 7 weeks n 5 days. Just last night i went to pee n seen very light pinkish blood. Today i started bleeding but it was bright red but it onlt happens wen i lay down ive had a miscarriage in march. Im worried im having another one. But im not hurting like i was then n i only bleed wen im laying down.

    • By Priyanka Dey (not verified) on 23 Aug 2019 - 03:39

      I am pregnant 8wks 6days.iwas fine but last 2days I have some brown discharge then bleeding clot lightly after gaping. But no pain. I am so much worried. Pls tell me how is my baby's condition. Is pregnancy continue?

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 27 Aug 2019 - 08:45

      Hi I am experiencing the same thing, did everything turn out to be ok ?

    • By nia (not verified) on 30 Jul 2019 - 18:06

      I had a period but had super light pink spotting 4 days after period. Could I be pregnant? Or just wishful thinking.

    • By Clare Rowe (not verified) on 27 Jul 2019 - 20:07

      Looking for some advice I had a miscarriage in April and found out I was pregnant again 3weeks ago.... One week ago I started getting brown discharge on wiping and a mucus brown discharge in toilet I had a scan on Wednesday that confirmed I am 6weeks pregnant and they got the heartbeat I have been still passing brown watering like discharge on wiping and tiny amounts in toilet this has been going on for a week now.... Has anybody else had any similar experiences and had good endings??? People's experiences and advice would be much appreciated!!

    • By Mhairiannemccle... (not verified) on 15 Aug 2019 - 13:39

      Iam 6 weeks pregnant clare rowe i started discharge i did on saturday then bit blood on monday went to went to hostpstial cheack out say everything ok then back monday again still bleedling then i had wait for a.scan they say i was 6 weeks pregnant not 10 weeks found blood clot on baby scan then go back on 20th of august again check out again i got told to rest rest hope nothing is wrong mhairianne mccleary

    • By Victoria delatorre (not verified) on 8 Jul 2019 - 01:23

      My boyfriend and I was having intercourse when he pulled out he thought he had made my menstrual come on but i already had my menstrual for that month and the blood was light pink and only when I whipped. The next day it was heavy bright red blood I could stand in shower and it would be just steadily coming out bright red with a bunch of little clots and some normal natural cramping and severe back pain it slowed down about 10 days later I figured it was just another period just heavy but two days later and when I whipe it's still bright red blood my tubes are tied should I be worried.

    • By Christy (not verified) on 6 Jul 2019 - 11:26

      I went to use the restroom this morning and I discovered blood on the toilet after usage I dicided to use my hand to feel it in my viginal and it was thick clotting ,my bed was also stained but I'm not feeling any pains and blood stop after cleaning up ,what could be the problem ?( 2) my first baby is 6 month and now I just discovered I was pregnant again (3) I did c-section with d first baby please what can I do?

    • By How far along .... (not verified) on 23 Jun 2019 - 12:06

      1st day of last NORMAL period 4/1/19...between 4/10/19 and 4/18/19..using restroom and had pinkish discharge..not much pain..lasted couple days...on and off..some cramping and felt like ovulation was happening.ALWAYS GET CRAMPS AND I GUESS CERVIX CONTRACTS.not usually pink discharge around that time...felt pains in back...AND in cervix period due 4/29...came on time AS USUAL...except had less pains...not many clots...usually end cycle with large amount of clots..then..dark blood..may have one more day after that. 5 days for cycles...first 2..ARE HORRIBLE...had couple episodes of pinkish discharge..some breast tenderness..period due 5/27...28 DAY CYCLE..came on 5/24...cant remember if had clots...MUCH LESS BLEEDING..LASTED FRIDAY UNTIL TUESDAY...COMPLETE...had unprotected SEX AGAIN SINCE 4/17 or 4/18...period WAS DUE 6/21..sore breasts...fatique...leakage in breast when squeezed...USUALLY HAPPENS IN RIGHT..NOW ONLY IN LEFT...HAVENT LEAKED EXCEPT DURING PREGNANCY..right breast leaks every month...when squeezed...RIGHT BREAST IS TENDER..SELF STIMULATION ENDED IN SORE ON NIPPLE...AND THESE GIRLS HURT...LOL...HELP.

    • By larry (not verified) on 12 Jun 2019 - 16:02

      hi I notice a light blood flow in my pant after find out am pregnant for 1month and a week an not sure so I went for a pregnancy text again it was confirm positive but this is the second day am still bleeding though not heavy flow but my doctor told me to rest am afraid I think something is wrong

    • By Ally (not verified) on 6 Jun 2019 - 18:47


      I am 18+0 and yesterday morning I noticed a light brown tinted discharge. No pain or cramps and saw a midwife and ob/gyn doctor yesterday who checked my cervix and said it looked ok. They didn't do an US , just a doppler and heard the heartbeat straight away. I was re-assured but this morning it happened again. Should I worry or go back?

    • By Maricris (not verified) on 18 Jun 2019 - 02:37

      I also have the same case. Every morning i have a browning discharge after taking a wee. And nothing the whole day. This is happening for 3 days now. I will see my doctor later today. Im scared actually.. hopefully my baby is fine.

    • By MARY ADEOYE (not verified) on 4 Jun 2019 - 21:42

      Am 2month Pregnate, What I Saw Is That Later In The Night Am Bleeding

    • By Savannah (not verified) on 3 Jun 2019 - 21:46

      Hi, I went to the bathroom and wiped and there was one swipe of bright red blood. Went to the ER and everything was deemed fine, haven't had bleeding since that one time. I had a miscarriage 4 years ago and no live births in between then and now. Is it normal to see bright red blood (very minimal - just one stripe on the toilet paper). Trying not to freak out but still continuously worried.

    • By Dipti (not verified) on 16 Jun 2019 - 12:45

      Same story here how are you now today morning I experience the same thing I also have spotting

    • By Zanele (not verified) on 28 Jun 2019 - 15:03

      I also bleeding am 3 month pregnant it's wont hurt my baby?

    • By Bucie (not verified) on 21 May 2019 - 01:50

      I'm so happy u are so help full God bless you

    • By Meena (not verified) on 15 May 2019 - 15:04 last period date is april 2..and now after 12 days..I got my period..tat is in may 12..Result is showing nevative..Bt my abdomen is pained 2 days befre my period..Bt my period is very light in color than normal..not having heavy blood discharge..What it could be??

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 18 May 2019 - 04:39

      Weall you ovulate day 14 after the first day of your last period so April 2nd *my birthday and when I conceived* plus 14 equals April 16th you ovulate, so you should two weeks after that have or miss your period, and if you just bled a little that could be the embryo implanting into the lining of your uterus. It's late enough now you can take a test. Hope you get the results you want. :)

    • By Tay (not verified) on 28 May 2019 - 02:44

      I had my last period April 3 and I took a test may 5 and it was faint.. I’m now 6 weeks ...with spotting on 200 mg progesterone.. retest I hope you get a bfp

    • By tiana (not verified) on 13 May 2019 - 22:02

      I started bleeding on 5/9/19 close to the estimated start date (5-11-19), but it was extremely light and only lasted 2 1/2, 3 days . The flow stayed consistent was a bright red only when I wiped nothing in the toilet. I took a two dollar store test the both said negative. I did have see a little lining shed the last day which totally made me feel as if it was an irregular period rather then implantation. Should I test again?

    • By Sandi (not verified) on 13 May 2019 - 02:03

      I am at 12 weeks based on my LMP, and at 11 weeks via ultrasound age and been experiencing intermittent spotting since 6 weeks. I had an ultrasound and saw a baby with strong heartbeat but was also diagnosed with UTI and went on medication (antibiotics) for a week. After 2 weeks, here I am again, having spotting with light stomach and lower backpains. I had 2 previous miscarriages and so worried about my baby right now. What should I do?

    • By Katie (not verified) on 11 May 2019 - 16:17


      I’m 23 weeks pregnant and have had a couple of episodes of spotting at 20 to 23 weeks. I was referred to a preterm prevention clinic and the referral was dropped as they advised I wasn’t suitable for the clinic (first baby born at 30 weeks and second 34 weeks) due to second baby born at 34 weeks. I am under a consultant but they aren’t really doing anything intervention with my care plan. Any suggestions please? Thanks Katie

    • By Ashley (not verified) on 4 May 2019 - 09:08

      I just found out that I'm pregnant and I'm concerned because I spotted its light and only when I Wipe It has happened once A-day for 2 days should I be concerned I'm also O negative And still need to get the shot.

    • By Elen (not verified) on 2 May 2019 - 23:15

      I am 10 weeks pregnant. I started bleeding but not heavy with some clamps. I have not put on a pad as it is not much. Could it that I have lost the pregnancy, I will be going to clinic tomorrow as it is already late

    • By Hanna (not verified) on 1 May 2019 - 16:27

      I started spotting and only realised when I went for a pee and saw on the tissue light pink spotting, I then went to the hospital Casually they took blood tests and urine and believed nothing to worry about, the doctor then tried to conduct an ultrasound but his machine was giving problems but said there is no heartbeat and estimated I was 8weeks but also suggested a transvaginal ultrasound and saner scan...went for a scan the doctor said I was 6 weeks and also couldn't see the heartbeat but it was still early days but he can see the foetus...he then suggested I go and see my gynecologist as I was not bleeding and didn't have any signs of miscarriage. Went back to ward to the dr who sent me for a scan and said I have a miscarriage and will book me for womb cleaning, I refused and requested to be discharged....Am seeing my own gyne tomorrow for 3rd opinion. What's your take?

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 30 Apr 2019 - 05:11

      I have a 36day cycle got bhcg blood test done on 2th April and 5th April and it is showing a rise so was put on medication of susten and progynova and injection of progesterone and hcg

      So accordingly to my calculations i should be 7 weeks but got a scan done today and it is showing 5 weeks sac showing

      On 29th April i got a little bit of bleeding and after that no bleeding which when i checked was black with a little bit of red and then just brown discharge but only like few spots

    • By Louise (not verified) on 29 Apr 2019 - 15:05

      Hi...almost 4 weeks ago a missed miscarriage was discovered at my 12 weeks scan(foetus measured 9 weeks). I was given misoprostol in hospital and then scanned the next day to check most of it had passed-they also took a couple of clots out of my cervix with suction. I have been spotting on and off since but it seemed to be slowing down and had become mostly brown discharge.
      A few nights ago I experienced sudden heavy (gushing) red bleeding and then passed two golf ball size pieces of tissue. Since then the bleeding/discharge has been fresh red blood and heavier than it was two weeks ago. Is this normal after 3/4 weeks or should I be concerned? Thank you for any advice...

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 20 May 2019 - 01:05

      Just to answer my own question incase anyone else is in the same’s not normal. Finally went back to the hospital and after another scan ended up having a d&c because I still had a lot of residual tissue, despite being told I didn’t when I was discharged from hospital the first your instincts

    • By Madalina (not verified) on 29 Apr 2019 - 13:04

      I did find that I'm pregnant and the midwife calculate that I have 6 weeks and a few days. This morning I saw that I bleed little bit, like a dark brown colour , only when I wipe off with paper. The bleed is not heavy, but I'm really worried.
      A lot a people told me that this bleeding is normal for 1-2 days , because of the implantation.
      Should I call my GP or should I wait for another day?
      Can anyone help me with an advice or information, please.
      Thank you!

    • By Brandy (not verified) on 29 Apr 2019 - 01:11

      I am exactly 8 wks and 1 day pregnant. About a week ago I was experiencing light spotting when I wiped along with mild cramping. I went to the E.R. where they did a sonogram and saw twins. I was told "fetus b" had a small tear in the gestational sac, but not to be alarmed as this is quite common and typically heals itself. They also put me on antibiotics for a UTI. A few day's ago I saw my new midwife who also did a sonogram and said everything looked great and the babies had strong heartbeats. Well today when I wiped there was again very light spotting with mild cramps. Should I go to the E.R. or do you think it's okay to wait until tomorrow when my OBGYN clinic opens? I was pregnant with twins with my first pregnancy and miscarried one before anyone even realized it was twins, but I went on to have my healthy baby girl 8 months later. Does this mean I'm at a higher risk of miscarrying again?? Thank you.

    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 28 Apr 2019 - 15:30

      1week after unprotected sex and is bleeding not spotting with cramps

    • By Liza Kelly (not verified) on 28 Apr 2019 - 13:22

      I started to bleed I went in to the maternity and the said the wall of my womb was still closed but they couldn't give me a scan so send me home in limbo that's what they said the next day I had incomplete miscarriage if they done the scan the day before could they have helped stop the miscarriage

    • By Donika Hernandez (not verified) on 28 Apr 2019 - 02:55

      Hello i am 16 weeks and 3 days i recently went into the hospital to see why i am bleeding. While i was there they checked my cervix and it was closed. They did a ultrasound the baby was fine and was growing like she should. But then they told me i was bleeeding due to a std called trich. I was treated for it but im still bleeding but its only been 1 day since the treatment. Please tell me should i be worried that im miscarrying??

    • By Nanri (not verified) on 28 Apr 2019 - 00:40

      Hi - I am on Depo Provera (since February) which is also when I got my last period. The nurse who gave me the shot (and the many articles I have read on Google about Depo) say that my periods would only stop after my 2nd or 3rd shot but I never got my period for March and April. I was also informed that Depo causes the same symptoms as pregnancy which is what I have been experiencing for the past two months. I have taken 2 pregnancy tests, 1 in March and 1 in April. Both tests were negative. I am not sure what to believe.
      If I am pregnant, I would be at 9 weeks now. I started spotting dark discharge (enough for a panty liner but too little for a pad) and after my husband and I became intimate, I started spotting bright red blood. I read that at 9 weeks is when there is an increase in blood flow. Could this mean I am pregnant? I have an appointment scheduled with my GP next week but I would like some information for now.

      Am I pregnant or is this just a side effect of Depo.

    • By Rachel Newbury (not verified) on 23 Apr 2019 - 07:13


      Nearly 3 weeks ago I was admitted to hospital for red bleeding and was told I had suffered a threatened miscarriage. Baby was fine and they couldn't find a source of the bleeding. Since then every day I have had brown discharge, which varies from light to heavy and also resulted in another trip to a and e. My cervix was closed and baby's heartbeat was strong, and they said to just carry on as normal as it could last throughout pregnancy and they will check my placenta at 20 weeks.
      I was just wondering if you had any advice on what could cause brown blood for 3 weeks (and potentially longer) as I thought it would clear up quite quickly but am worried I could have a slow bleed that's turning brown before it comes out?
      The midwives won't see me again now so it's hard when I worry.

      Thank you

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 25 Apr 2019 - 14:20

      Hi - Thank you for your message.
      I'm sorry to learn you have had a worrying time your pregnancy so far, but the good news is all appears well with the baby and this pregnancy despite the bleeding.
      As you are already aware, brown blood indicates that it is old blood - which is most probably left over from when you had the fresh bleeding. It can take time to come out.
      If you are still worried please feel free to contact us via [email protected] or our pregnancy helpline for further advice.

    • By Augusta (not verified) on 21 Jun 2019 - 10:46

      Hi I am 8 weeks and 6 days pregnant, and I am bleeding none stop, and I so worried I do not know what to do, am so stress out, please help I do not want to lose my baby.

    • By Fatima (not verified) on 31 Aug 2019 - 18:05

      Stay strong darling, been in the same shoes too was bleeding non stop for 10days with no much cramps just mild and was 5weeks preggy, it later stopped on it’s own and I want for a scan and was told my baby is fine

    • By Julie (not verified) on 9 May 2019 - 10:19

      Although it was a long time ago, I bled from 12 -20 weeks with my third child. I had very heavy bleeding initially and then brown bleeding for weeks. I went on to deliver an 8lb 8oz healthy girl who is now 29. We are all different but I remember being surprised by the amount of bleeding I experienced. I hope all goes well for you.

    • By Vanessa (not verified) on 8 Jul 2019 - 02:13

      As I read your post tears came down my eyes im8 weeks pregnant and I keep having clots of blood coming out I want to the doctor he said I was fine last week today blood clots coming out again I just don't know what to do

    • By T (not verified) on 25 Aug 2019 - 15:32

      This story above gives me so much hope. I started heavily bleeding at 13 weeks and it’s still going. It’s slowed down a lot, mostly spotting and brown. (Also caused by clots they believe). Baby still has strong heartbeat and thriving! Hoping this can all have a positive ending.

    • By Julie (not verified) on 9 May 2019 - 10:19

      Although it was a long time ago, I bled from 12 -20 weeks with my third child. I had very heavy bleeding initially and then brown bleeding for weeks. I went on to deliver an 8lb 8oz healthy girl who is now 29. We are all different but I remember being surprised by the amount of bleeding I experienced. I hope all goes well for you.

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