When Does Bleeding during the First Trimester Warrant a Trip to the ER?

Are you in the early stages of your pregnancy? Then you're probably experiencing a lot of new sensations inside your body. It's fun and exciting. But there's one thing you want to be cautious of. Blood. Spotting is common during pregnancy, but it doesn't always signify a problem.

How do you know when bleeding is serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit?

When to head to the ER

You should immediately head to the emergency room if you have any of the following symptoms:


Spotting is when you see a few drops of blood on your underwear, in the toilet, or on the tissue after you wipe. Spotting in early pregnancy can be normal. In fact, about 20 to 30% of women have spotting or light bleeding during the first 12 weeks.

Spotting can result from many reasons that aren’t emergencies:

Bleeding, on the other hand, is a flow of blood that soaks through your underwear. Our Trusted ER physicians will perform an examination to see how serious the bleeding is. We’ll also use ultrasounds to determine what's happening with your pregnancy.

We know spotting is scary, but it's important you remain calm.

Yes, bleeding and pain in your abdomen can be a sign of a miscarriage. But, it might not be. Especially if your cervix isn't opened. A closed cervix typically means your pregnancy is still viable.

What causes a threatened miscarriage

About 10-20% of women experience a threatened miscarriage before 20 weeks of pregnancy. One in seven women have other complications as a result.

There are many causes of a threatened miscarriage. For example, chromosome abnormalities, placental problems, and advanced maternal age. Our Trusted ER physicians will provide appropriate on-site care. And share follow-up steps if you do have a threatened miscarriage.

Your symptoms might turn out to be nothing of concern. Either way, it’s always good to have doctors who’re compassionate and professional.

At Trusted ER, we’ll help you through your diagnosis. Call, book an appointment online, or walk in. At Trusted ER, we’re here to help you.

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