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When the heart stops beating

Blood loss in pregnancy is fairly common. It can be alarming, but this is not always the case. On this page, we explain how to recognise a possible miscarriage. We also tell you what to expect next.

Blood loss during pregnancy

Always call

When you lose blood during pregnancy, you naturally worry. Blood loss in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy occurs in one in five women. In half of these women, the bleeding stops after a few days and the pregnancy continues normally. In the other half, blood loss persists and may result in miscarriage. This means that the embryo (the foetus) is rejected.

Always call in case of blood loss

When there is blood loss, you call us. The practice nurse or midwife will ask you questions about the bleeding, any abdominal pain or other symptoms and the suspected or established term of pregnancy. This conversation usually takes place by telephone. It can then be discussed whether it is useful to have an ultrasound (yet), for example.

We guide you through a miscarriage

If it is determined that a miscarriage has indeed occurred, we will guide you until it is completely over. We will explain how to wait for a spontaneous course or refer you to the gynaecologist for treatment, among other things. Here you can find more information about miscarriage.

When to contact directly?

Contact our practice directly in case of any of the following symptoms:

  • If the bleeding is heavy and can no longer be managed with sanitary pads, especially with complaints of 'seeing stars' or fainting;
  • If abdominal pain increases and is constant;
  • If you get a fever (higher than 38 degrees Celsius).