SLC area: (801) 538-9970
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Maternal and Infant Health Program
P.O. Box 142001
Salt Lake City UT
You may feel cramps in the first few weeks after you get
pregnant. This is due to the growth of the uterus. It may
feel like cramping during a period. Don’t worry about
it unless you also have bleeding or the pain is very bad.
Tell your doctor or midwife right away about any vaginal
bleeding. Some causes of bleeding are nothing to worry about.
Other times, you may need help right away. Your doctor or
midwife can help you know if the bleeding is a problem or
not. Some causes are:
There can be bleeding as the fertilized egg attaches to
the uterus. This is light spotting and lasts for only
a few days.
The hormones of pregnancy cause the
cervix to bleed easily. Some women have spotting after
sex, or after the doctor or midwife checks the cervix.
growths, such as polyps and fibroids can cause
bleeding. These may be checked by ultrasound. Mostly,
these growths are not a problem.
Severe cramping and bleeding in the first trimester can
be a sign of miscarriage. If this happens, seek the help
of your doctor or midwife.
problems. Sometimes, the placenta can tear away
from the uterus or grow too close to the cervix. If this
happens, your doctor or midwife may have you rest in bed
until the bleeding stops. Rarely, the bleeding is very
heavy. If this happens, get help right away.
Ectopic pregnancy is when the baby grows in a place outside
the uterus, such as in the Fallopian Tubes. This is very dangerous.
Call your doctor or midwife right away if you have these symptoms:
to Expect When You're Expecting
by Arlene Eisenberg, Heidi E.
Murkoff, and Sandee E. Hathaway