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The early stages in a pregnancy can be a worrying time for you and your partner, especially if your having problems. 1 in 10 women experience bleeding in early pregnancy but in many cases it is not caused by anything serious, however sometimes it can be a warning sign of a miscarriage.
Here's is a list of a few common reasons for bleeding in early pregnancy.
You should discuss your symptoms with your healthcare provider or attend an early pregnancy assessment unit (EPAU). Your healthcare professional will ask you questions about the bleeding and your pregnancy. An ultrasound scan may be arranged. A urine pregnancy test and blood tests may also be done.
If your particularly anxious you can arrange a private early pregnancy scan in our London clinics, which can be done on the same day. However you should carry on with normal routine as much as possible. If you are in pain you can also wish to take painkillers (paracetamol) to settle it down. It is also important to keep well hydrated so drink plenty of fluids, water being the best. You should not do any heavy lifting and avoid having intercourse until the bleeding has stopped.
If the bleeding is lighter than your normal period keep your scan appointment. If the bleeding is heavier than your normal period please contact EPAU or attend A&E
This scan will be an abdominal and/or a trans-vaginal scan. Both scans are safe and do not increase your chance of a miscarriage. During the scan the practitioner will interpret the images on the screen. They may take measurements and record information on a computer system. The scan itself usually lasts around 15 minutes but can take longer.
If the scan is normal you will be reassured and sent home. If the scan is abnormal the findings will be discussed with you. Sometimes however a scan may be inconclusive and you will need to come back in the future for a follow up appointment. This is not necessarily worrying and could simply mean things are not clear for a diagnosis. Try not to worry if this happens.
There is nothing that can be given to stop the bleeding. It can take up to 10 days for the bleeding to settle down.
You should always contact EPAU or attend A&E if:
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