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Bleeding in pregnancy is one of the scariest things that can happen to a pregnant woman. But it doesn't necessarily mean that there's a problem.

Read our helpful info on what the pregnancy bleed might be...

Implantation bleed

Symptoms of early pregnancy can be similar to the way you feel when your period's due. You may get a little breakthrough bleeding or 'spotting', called an implantation bleed, 6-10 days after conception, as the fertilised egg embeds itself in the womb lining.

In the first few weeks, some women find they have a light bleed around the time their period would have been due.

Sex or internal exam

During pregnancy there's an increased blood supply to the cervix and you may experience a small amount of spotting after sex or an internal examination. This is very common and it can be pink, red or brown.

Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy

Blood loss in pregnancy can be a sign of miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, especially if accompanied by pain or cramps. Any bleeding in early pregnancy is often referred to as a 'threatened miscarriage'. You can contact your midwife, who should be able to arrange an ultrasound scan. But if there's only a small amount of bleeding, just take it easy and see if it stops.

Bed rest used to be advised for women who bleed in early pregnancy, but there's no evidence that this makes any difference to the outcome. In any case, for reassurance contact your midwife.

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