Bleeding in Early Pregnancy | Treatment


Will I need treatment?

You may need treatment depending on the cause of the bleeding. There is no way to stop a threatened miscarriage with medicines after the bleeding starts. Your doctor will likely recommend that you rest as much as possible until the bleeding stops. You should also avoid traveling, exercise and sexual activity.

If you have a miscarriage, your doctor will watch to see if the tissue passes on its own, or if you will need a procedure to help remove it. In some cases, the mother may need to have a procedure done to remove tissue or to stop the bleeding after a miscarriage. This procedure is called suction dilation and curettage (D and C). A doctor will open (dilate) the cervix and gently suction out the tissue from the miscarriage.


First Trimester Bleeding by Mark Deutchman, MD, Amy Tanner Tubay, MD and David K. Turok, MD, MPH (American Family Physician June 01, 2009,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09