A woman who is pregnant who experiences cramping or bleeding at any time should call her health care provider. A
pregnant woman who experiences these symptoms but does not have a health care provider should go to her closest hospital's emergency department to be examined.
pregnant woman should go to the hospital if she experiences the following symptoms:
If a woman is not sure if she is
pregnant, a home
pregnancy test will confirm or exclude
pregnancy in most cases. If a woman knows she is pregnant and experiences cramps or vaginal bleeding , she should call her health care provider at once and follow the health care provider's instructions.
Another blood test may be performed in 48-72 hours to check the hCG level. The rise or fall of this level is helpful in predicting if the
pregnancy has ended. If the level is falling, the
pregnancy may have ended.
A follow-up ultrasound may be performed.
While there is no way to predict or prevent miscarriage in most cases, certain steps can be taken to improve the chance of a
pregnancy continuing to term.
More than half of women who bleed during the first 12 weeks of
pregnancy stop bleeding and have a healthy
pregnancy. For the other half of these women, cramping and bleeding worsen and they eventually miscarry.
A woman may not know whether she is going to miscarry when she leaves the emergency department.
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