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A 25-year-old female asked:

I got a faint ppt on friday. doc confirmed pregnant w/ a blood test on sat. began bleeding same day. does heavy bleeding always mean miscarriage?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
No: 1 in 3 women do have some spotting or bleeding in the first few weeks or months of pregnancy. While heavy bleeding is more concerning for a possible miscarriage - it is not a certainty until confirmed by repeat ultrasound.
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Dr. Adam Levy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Not always: There is a 25% or more risk of pregnancy loss with each early pregnancy. No one can change or alter the outcome unfortunately. For now its a waiting time to see what happens. Fortunately, most women will be successful in future pregnancies even with early loss in past. Hoping the best for you.
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Last updated Aug 19, 2014

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