It’s common to be concerned about bleeding during pregnancy. In your first trimester, bleeding may make you worried about your baby or miscarriage. Bleeding during pregnancy is not unusual. Researchers have approximated that 1 in 5 pregnant women bleeds during the first trimester. Even though it’ll make you stressed about possible issues, not everyone who bleeds has a miscarriage.

As your uterus grows, the placenta forms and vascular connections are made. Bleeding can happen at this time. Exercise or intercourse may also cause some bleeding. If this happens, stop your activities and check in with your healthcare provider. They’ll be able to advise you as to what to do.

If the bleeding causes your healthcare provider concern, they may order an ultrasound. Sometimes that will show a reason for bleeding. If you’re early on in your pregnancy, there may be no apparent reason.

Most doctors recommend resting, reducing your activity, and avoiding having intercourse if bleeding occurs. Surgery or medications probably aren’t going to be helpful. Call your doctor if you experience any bleeding. He or she will tell you what to do.