Bleeding from the vagina

If you are bleeding from your vagina any time from 12 weeks onwards, phone your midwife or midwifery unit for advice

Some spotting or light bleeding in early pregnancy is quite common

Vaginal bleeding after 12 weeks can be a sign of premature labour or a problem with the placenta

If you have vaginal bleeding

  • Phone your midwife or the nearest midwifery unit straight away. Don’t wait till your next antenatal appointment
  • If you have bleeding and are not yet at 12 weeks of pregnancy, you may find the following film helpful
A film about vaginal bleeding was produced for Our Chance, a campaign by the charities Sands and Best Beginnings to raise awareness of health issues in pregnancy