What is it?

A threatened abortion refers to a condition in which there is vaginal bleeding in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. It could present with or without abdominal cramping. Bleeding and abdominal pain may indicate a possible abortion. Vaginal bleeding occurs among 30 percent of pregnant women and half of those who it happen to, will not exprience an abortion but a full term pregnancy.
RIsk factors for threatened abortion include an infection, abdominal trauma, advanced maternal age, and exposure to certain chemichals or medications.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramps.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and a pelvic exam. Further evaluation may include transvaginal ultrasound, and blood tests.


There is no treatment for threatened abortion. For mothers with Rh-negative blood type, an injection may be given to prevent the body from producing antibodies against the baby’s blood.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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