Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy can be alarming. However, the bleeding is often not serious and most woman who experienced some pregnancy bleeding have delivered healthy full-term babies. Whenever you experience pregnancy bleeding, you should contact your doctor immediately to rule out any signs of a problem. Bleeding in the first trimester is usually from implantation, when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterus, or cervical changes from pregnancy. An infection can also cause vaginal bleeding. Sometimes it is a sign of serious problems such as a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or molar pregnancy. Here is a guide to help you treat pregnancy bleeding.
Things You'll Need
- Doctor visit
- Pelvic exam
- Panty liner or pad
- Prescribed medication (Under certain circumstances, your doctor may prescribe medication.)
- Bed rest
How to Treat Pregnancy Bleeding
Call your doctor immediately and request an emergency appointment. You need to see your doctor the day that the bleeding begins to rule out any serious complications. Follow any instructions the nurse provides as you prepare for the doctor visit. Apply any necessary pads or panty liners.
Go to the doctor. Your doctor will perform a pelvic exam and an ultrasound. The doctor will check for the baby's heartbeat and measure the growth through the ultrasound. The pelvic exam will show cervical condition.
Get tested for infection. Your doctor will test you for a bladder infection, which is fairly common during pregnancy and can cause bleeding.
Get the blood tests on the same day as the appointment. The doctor will usually order some blood work to check things such as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels and the progesterone hormone levels when there is pregnancy bleeding. Low progesterone levels can cause bleeding early in pregnancy. A progesterone supplement may be prescribed to bring the hormone levels up to normal and stop the bleeding. It is important to find this out because untreated low progesterone levels can lead to a miscarriage.
Follow your doctor's orders. Your doctor will instruct you on how to best care for you and your baby.
Rest and elevate your legs. Your doctor may prescribe bed rest until the bleeding stops. Even if bed rest is not ordered, try to get extra rest until the bleeding stops. When you are laying down, elevate your legs on a pillow or two.
Stay positive and calm. Your baby can feel your emotions. Anxiety is not good for you or your baby. You have seen the doctor, gotten all the necessary exams and tests, and are following the doctor's instructions. Remember that most moms who experience pregnancy bleeding deliver healthy babies. Staying positive and peaceful will help you recover sooner and keep you and the baby healthy.