Bleeding in Early Pregnancy: Will I Have a Miscarriage?

I'm 11 weeks pregnant with triplets and have had spotting for three weeks, including red bleeding in the ninth week. Ultrasound results appear to be normal. Will this stop in a few weeks?

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Bleeding during any pregnancy can mean imminent miscarriage or can mean nothing at all. That is why the physician is in a difficult position. He or she can't honestly reassure you that this is not an ominous sign, because it might be. Nor can a doctor say that bleeding will mean the loss of the pregnancy, because it often has no significance at all, especially in the first trimester.

All your care provider can really do is repeat the ultrasound to reassure everyone for the moment that all looks well.

Bleeding rarely extends much into the second trimester, and if it does, it is likely more placental in origin.

All you can do is take care of yourself -- rest, eat well and drink plenty of fluids.

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