Bleeding During Pregnancy Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on April 19, 2021

Call 911 if you have: 

Seek emergency help if you have:


1. Monitor Bleeding

  • Put on a sanitary pad or panty liner to keep track of the amount of bleeding.

2. Prevent Further Bleeding

  • Don’t insert anything into the vagina. Avoid sex, tampons, or douching while you’re bleeding.

3. Get Help

  • Call your health care provider immediately to find out if you should go the hospital or doctor’s office.
  • Tell the doctor or hospital staff if you have heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, cramping, fever, chills, or contractions, or if you feel lightheaded or faint.
  • Put any tissue passed from the vagina into a clean container. Give it to your doctor for examination.
  • A health care provider will examine you for signs of dangerous blood loss and may do tests to confirm the health of your pregnancy.

Show Sources


Family Doctor: “Bleeding in Early Pregnancy.”

American Pregnancy Association: “Bleeding During Pregnancy.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Early Pregnancy Loss.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Bleeding During Pregnancy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Miscarriage.”

eMedicineHealth: "Bleeding During Pregnancy Treatment."

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