I’m pregnant, and I’ve had mild bleeding over the past few weeks, but not enough to wear a pad. Last week, I felt a gush at work. It was a blood clot about the size of a quarter. My OB didn’t think anything was seriously wrong, but it’s happened again. Should I be worried about losing my baby?”
Three to five percent of women experience some type of bleeding during the first 10 to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Sometimes the bleeding is caused by something not-too-serious, like a treatable infection. On the more serious side, bleeding, when it comes with with cramps or a lower backache, may signal an impending miscarriage. About one out of five pregnancies end in miscarriage, usually during the weeks of pregnancy, but it’s important to know that about half of pregnant women who bleed don’t lose their babies. Bleeding could signal an egg implanted in the wrong place (an ectopic pregnancy), or the placenta pulling off the wall of the uterus, or other serious reasons. Bottom line, if you experience any kind of bleeding during pregnancy you should let your doctor know right away.