Vaginal Bleeding During Pregnancy

ExitCare ImageA small amount of bleeding from the vagina can happen anytime during pregnancy. It usually stops on its own. However, some bleeding can be serious. Be sure to tell your doctor about all vaginal bleeding.


  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.

  • Stay in bed and only get up to go to the bathroom as told by your doctor.

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

  • Do not use tampons. Do not clean the vagina with a stream of water (douche).

  • Do not have sex (intercourse) or put anything into your vagina. Have this approved by your doctor.

  • Save any tissue that comes from your vagina. Show it to your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Follow your doctor's advice about lifting, driving, and physical activity.


  • You feel your baby move less or not at all.

  • You pass out (faint) while going to the bathroom.

  • You have more bleeding.

  • You start to have contractions.

  • You have severe cramps in your stomach, back, or belly (abdomen).

  • You are leaking fluid or have a gush of fluid from your vagina.

  • You become lightheaded or weak.

  • You have chills.

  • You have clumps of tissue or blood clots coming from your vagina.

  • You have a fever.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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