Threatened abortion is a term used for vaginal bleeding and symptoms that suggest that a woman is at an increased risk of
during the first 3 months (or 20 weeks) of pregnancy. While some women will have bleeding in early pregnancy, a woman may or may not miscarry.
Early-pregnancy bleeding can originate from the uterus, cervix, vagina, or the external genital area.
In many cases, the cause of the bleeding is due to a minor condition that requires no treatment. Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, especially with abdominal pain, should always be reported to a doctor.
Bleeding during pregnancy. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/bleeding-during-pregnancy. Updated August 2015. Accessed September 8, 2017.
Bleeding during pregnancy. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/~/media/For%20Patients/faq038.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20120814T1300076311. Updated July 2016. Accessed September 8, 2017.
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