Week 9 - Bleeding and Miscarriage

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Hello. This is Dr. Mauldin and you are now 9 weeks pregnant.

I hope you are feeling well and your pregnancy has been uneventful so far.
Many women will have some vaginal bleeding at some time during their pregnancy and especially during the first trimester.

Bleeding may mean miscarriage, but it doesn’t always have to. In all honesty, about 50% of all pregnancies will have some early bleeding and over half of those pregnancies that do have some bleeding will go on to have a normal pregnancy.

So, how do you know if you are miscarrying?

You will most likely have some bleeding.  And you will very likely have some cramping or pain in your abdomen that feels a lot like menstrual cramps. Not all patients, however, will have these symptoms. But do understand that most miscarriages cannot be prevented. We think that miscarriages are the body’s way of handling a pregnancy that was not normal or that was not healthy. In the majority of cases, miscarriages do not occur because of something you have done. In fact, we have no evidence that exercise and sex cause miscarriages.

Also know that we do not believe just because you have one miscarriage, you are more likely to have another. The majority of women will have another pregnancy.

If you are bleeding or think that you may be having a miscarriage, contact your doctor.

And if your pregnancy does not continue, please let us know so that these messages can be stopped. Our thoughts will be with you.

I hope you are doing well and I’ll talk to you in a week.

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