Threatened Miscarriage

ExitCare Image A threatened miscarriage is a pregnancy that may end. It may be marked by bleeding during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Often, the pregnancy can continue without any more problems. You may be asked to stop:

  • Having sex (intercourse).

  • Having orgasms.

  • Using tampons.

  • Exercising.

  • Doing heavy physical activity and work.


  • Your doctor may tell you to take bed rest and to stop activities and work.

  • Write down the number of pads you use each day. Write down how often you change pads. Write down how soaked they are.

  • Follow your doctor's advice for follow-up visits and tests.

  • If your blood type is Rh-negative and the father's blood is Rh-positive (or is not known), you may get a shot to protect the baby.

  • If you have a miscarriage, save all the tissue you pass in a container. Take the container to your doctor.


  • You have bad cramps or pain in your belly (abdomen), lower belly, or back.

  • You have a fever or chills.

  • Your bleeding gets worse or you pass large clots of blood or tissue. Save this tissue to show your doctor.

  • You feel lightheaded, weak, dizzy, or pass out (faint).

  • You have a gush of fluid from your vagina.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.