Vaginal Bleeding During Pregnancy

A small amount of bleeding from the vagina can happen anytime during pregnancy. Be sure to tell your doctor about all vaginal bleeding.


  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.

  • Count the number of pads you use each day. Do not use tampons.

  • Save any tissue you pass for your doctor to see.

  • Do not exercise

  • Do not do any heavy lifting.

  • Avoid going up and down stairs. If you must climb stairs, go slowly.

  • Do not have sex (intercourse) or orgasms until approved by your doctor.

  • Do not douche.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor. Do not take aspirin.

  • Eat healthy.

  • Always keep your follow-up appointments.


  • You feel the baby moving less or not moving at all.

  • The bleeding gets worse.

  • You have very painful cramps or pain in your stomach or back.

  • You pass large clots or anything that looks like tissue.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You feel very weak.

  • You have chills.

  • You feel dizzy or pass out (faint).

  • You have a gush of fluid from the vagina.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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