Early Pregnancy Bleeding
Bleeding in early pregnancy is very common but should always be investigated by having an ultrasound scan.
Possible reasons for bleeding in pregnancy:

Threatened Miscarriage - A threatened miscarriage is a term used to describe a pregnancy that is developing and has a heart beat (viable) but where some degree of bleeding has occurred or is occurring. Sometimes the bleeding occurs due to an imbalance in the hormones that are being produced during the early weeks of pregnancy. In these cases the bleeding normally settles of its own accord at around 12 – 14 weeks.

Bleeding can also occur around the gestation sac after implantation. This is often picked up on scan and you will be told if this is the case. Once an ultrasound scan has demonstrated that the pregnancy is viable (has a heart beat), even after bleeding, the risk of miscarriage is very low (approximately 3%). If the bleeding is due to hormonal imbalance there is nothing you can do. Research has proven that rest in these instances does not help.

If you are told that there is an area of bleeding around the gestation sac then there are several things that will help to prevent the area of bleeding from worsening.

Firstly, try and avoid any strenuous exercise. This does not mean you have to go to bed, but be sensible about what you are doing.

Secondly, it is best to avoid heavy lifting. This may be difficult if you have young children at home, but try and get them to climb on to your knee rather than picking them up.

Thirdly, it is advisable to avoid sexual intercourse while you are bleeding.

It is also best to wear sanitary towels not tampons as there is an increased risk of infection if you wear tampons for bleeding in pregnancy.

If the bleeding is due to hormonal imbalance then the bleeding should settle at around 12 – 14 weeks when the placenta is fully functional and able to maintain the pregnancy.

If the bleeding is due to a bleed around the gestation sac then it is difficult to predict when it will settle. Sometimes the bleeding continues until all of the blood collection has disappeared. Sometimes the blood collection gets absorbed without any further bleeding.

If the bleeding worsens to more than a normal period with the passage of clots then you should contact your GP or midwife. This does not necessarily mean that the pregnancy will miscarry but you will need further follow up to ensure that all is well.

Miscarriage

Sometimes the bleeding occurs because the pregnancy has not developed as it should and it will end in miscarriage.

If the bleeding is heavy and is accompanied by the passage of clots then it may be that the miscarriage has occurred naturally. A scan will help to confirm this and will rule out any retained pregnancy tissue.

Sometimes the bleeding is only light but the pregnancy has stopped growing and no heart beat can be detected. Again a scan will confirm if this is the case.

Miscarriage is a very distressing event and Cherish-UK is committed to supporting you through this sad time. It may be necessary for you to get your GP to refer you to your local Early Pregnancy Clinic for further management and support. We will inform you if this is the case.

Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is one that develops outside of the womb, usually in one of the Fallopian tubes. There are certain things that can raise your risk of having an ectopic pregnancy and these include:

Conceiving while taking the Progesterone Only Pill (the mini-pill)Conceiving with a coil in placePrevious abdominal surgery e.g. Caesarian section or appendicectomyPregnancies conceived through assisted conceptionPrevious fertility problemsA history of pelvic infection such as Chlamydia
An ectopic pregnancy will cause bleeding and will usually be accompanied by uni-lateral pain, although some don’t cause any pain at all. A scan will help to determine whether a pregnancy is misplaced.

If an ectopic pregnancy is suspected on scan you will be informed of the findings and asked to attend your local hospital for further assessment.

What Our Clients Say
  • "I've met Jacqui here at Cherish on 3 occasions now, Jacqui gives you high standards of service, you automatically feel relaxed when you met her & is very clear with all she talks through with you, I will always return back here for all pregnancies, and most definitely highly recommend there friendly, professional service."
  • Hannah Metcalfe - Sutton Coldfield
    I cannot fault the service we received today. As soon as I arrived Diana made me feel at ease. Having being very worried this was very welcome. The scan was very detailed, I listened to the heartbeat and I came away with lots of photos and reassurance that at 10 weeks pregnant everything is as it should be. I would definitely use Cherish again for a scan in the future. Thank you!
    Hannah Metcalfe - Sutton Coldfield
  • Shelley Clarke - Birmingham
    I've had first came to Cherish when I couldn't get seen at my local EPU and Jacqui was so reassuring and supportive at such a vulnerable time. I've since returned for scans and an endometrial scratch in preparation for IVF cycles. Jacqui, Diana and Rachel offer a first class service and you never have a problem fitting me in for appointments at late notice. I wouldn't go anywhere else after experiencing your excellent care and service and you've all been so helpful and reassuring every time I visit. I hope that someday I'll be returning to have my pregnancy scans with you. Thanks ladies and I'll always recommend you to others.
    Shelley Clarke - Birmingham
  • Sam Hirons - Birmingham
    Absolute amazing. Appointment same day I called, images and report within hours of appointment. Thank you so much
    Sam Hirons - Birmingham
  • Sam Moore - Birmingham
    I visited Cherish via a referral from my private GP and I can only say good things about my experience. To say I was nervous beforehand is putting in lightly but from Rachel who made the appointment to Jacqui who conducted the scan, I was made to feel ease and not embarrassed. Which for me was hugely important as a previous scan with a private hospital was not handled so sympathetically or professionally.Each step of the scan was explained and the whole experience was made as painless as possible. The results emailed to me the same day, impeccable service, Thank you, Sam.
    Sam Moore - Birmingham
  • Debbie King - Leamington
    The ladies at Cherish are fantastic and so supportive. They do a brilliant and professional job and are also willing to do all they can to help you stay sane through what can be anxious times. Have been back numerous times for various reasons including scans, blood tests, administering medication and prescription requests, and will continue to go back despite the distance from my home. Thank you ladies
    Debbie King - Leamington
  • Hayley Neal - Birmingham
    I have used Cherish for a number of services during my IVF cycles and have always found them to be extremely friendly and professional during what can be a stressful time. The services they offer have been invaluable to me whilst having IVF treatment abroad.
    Hayley Neal - Birmingham
  • Rifat Riaz - Birmingham
    Excellent prompt service. Felt very relaxed and reassured.
    Rifat Riaz - Birmingham
  • S Begum - Birmingham
    I was experiencing some pain and very heavy cycles and I was quite worried. I have visited Cherish a few times and I must say that the service is outstanding. I had a gynaecology scan and I was reassured that everything was ok. Definitely recommend Cherish to everyone !
    S Begum - Birmingham
  • Samina - Birmingham
    Had a really good experience today. Felt comfortable and made sure I was comfortable at all times. Gave really good advice on next step as well as reassuring me everything would be ok. I would recommend Cherish to anyone. Thank you for all you help xx
    Samina - Birmingham
  • Katie Williams - Sutton Coldfield
    I had a gynaecology scan with Jacqui following a miscarriage 12 weeks ago. The hospital had unfortunately left me with many unanswered questions as to my ongoing bleeding and an abnormality found on a scan with no follow up arranged. Jacqui was great with us and we feel a lot more reassured. It was definitely worth it for the peace of mind. Thank you!
    Katie Williams - Sutton Coldfield
  • Samina Ali - Birmingham
    I had a most amazing experience seeing my baby at 7 weeks 3 days for the reassurance scan. Jacqui made sure everything was ok whilst doing the scan and was happy for me and husband to. I was then shown how a baby grows in each week. It was truly an amazing experience. Even managed to capture a video of the heartbeat. Would definitely recommend and would definitely come back for a gender scan.
    Samina Ali - Birmingham
  • Lauren Irvine - Birmingham
    Absolutely fabulous service when my husband and I had our reassurance scan. Diana was so lovely and made me feel really comfortable and at ease! Have already booked in for my next scan! Brilliant!
    Lauren Irvine - Birmingham
  • Aleksandra - Birmingham
    I had a Harmony test and a scan, as according to NHS test results, there was a higher risk of Down Syndrome. We were really anxious and wanted to be sure that our baby is fine. I was a lot calmer after the scan. Diana was wonderful, she answered all my questions, checked everything, let me listen to baby's heartbeat and even gave me lots of pictures. The results came very quickly (low risk), so I can enjoy my pregnancy without stress. I really recommend Cherish and this test, it's worth every money to know that your baby is fine!
    Aleksandra - Birmingham
  • Mahya Johnson - Derbyshire
    We visited Cherish for the Harmony Test after having a previous Edward's syndrome baby. Diana was very kind and understanding of our anxieties. She was patient with us and explained everything in detail. Results were emailed back to us after a week as promised. Facilities were clean and quiet. We would highly recommend.
    Mahya Johnson - Derbyshire
  • Katy Nichols - Leicestershire
    It's been a year since our little boy arrived into the world, and we could not have embarked upon the journey of IUI and, later IVF, without the support of Jackie and Diana from Cherish. From the tests needed for the clinic in Denmark, to follicle tracking scans, they met all of our treatment needs and did so in the warmest way, always making us relaxed and comfortable. No last minute appointment (needed before flights could be booked or medication could be taken) was ever too much trouble. We could think of no better place to find out our baby was healthy with an early scan or that we were expecting a boy at 16 weeks. This review is long overdue, but we wish to thank you ladies for helping to make our dreams come true. We wish you every success with Cherish - the women of the midlands rely on you and your incredible service! Katy and Fay
    Katy Nichols - Leicestershire
  • Magdalena Eren - Birmingham
    What a wonderful service, very friendly Jackie provided us more details about mine pregnancy then I found from my previous 4 NHS scans. Plus Diana delivered to us Panorama test results which made us the most happy future parents.
    Magdalena Eren - Birmingham
  • Hannah Bevan - Birmingham
    With a scary start of pregnancy I did not know what to expect at the scan. Even when I walked in i found it calming and a nice atmosphere to be in. Jacqui greeted me and is so so lovely. She put me at ease and scan went perfectly! All my worries went away. I would recommend this company to anyone, you do a brilliant job. Thank you so much.!
    Hannah Bevan - Birmingham
  • Rena Miras-Pye - Sutton Coldfield
    I had such great care from Cherish at two separate scans. I needed a scan to check lining for embryo transfer and I was fitted in at short notice and given lots of information. I was so impressed and if the transfer is successful I will be using Cherish for an early scan.
    Rena Miras-Pye - Sutton Coldfield
  • Tsvetelina
    The three ladies working at the clinic are amazing!They comforted me throughout my pregnancy assuring me with their professionalism.Thanks to Dianne I I had peaceful days and nights.She even called my midwife when the one refused to take action on the issue there was.Whithin 2 hrs I had booked an appointment at Triage.With all the support I received the pregnancy went smoothly and now we have a 16 months old healthy girl!Thank you ladies!
    Tsvetelina
  • Jade Matthews
    Jacqui and Rachel are absolutely fabulous. They always treated me with absolute respect. Did every test and every procedure required with utmost care and attention. They were rhere befire the start of my ivf cycle, throughout my ivf cycle and throughout my successful pregnancy. So much time spent cultivating a fantastic relationship. They were always there to support me through some pretty scary moments and they were always bang on with their reassurances. I will always be truly grateful to them for listening to me, and providing any and every service I needed in a caring, respectful manner. Thank you so much for everything you did for me.
    Jade Matthews
  • Linda Krumina
    First of all making an appointment was so very easy and the clinic got back to me on email in less than 12 hours. We had an appointment on a Sunday and Diana was very professional, knowledgable and was able to answer all our questions with great knowledge and expertise. My partner and I felt very comfortable and reassured during the appointment. Overall a great experience and I would strongly recommend the clinic.
    Linda Krumina
  • Vivien Johnson
    We visited Cherish this week for 4d Scan with our daughter in law and our son.  They let us all in to see these precious scans.  We thank you so much for that.  Lots of bodies in the room, grandparents  and the babies sister but Diana took it all in her stride.  Our little baby wasn’t playing ball and did everything she could to avoid having her picture taken.  Diana was simply amazing, managing to get some pictures and was so lovely, caring and reassuring.  At the end she invited us back as the pictures hadnt been as good as she wanted for us. We have been again today and our little girl was not quite as camera shy, and Diana was once again simply wonderful.  She even captured the little one holding her hands, quite a difference to putting then completely intro to of her face, lifting the cord up and then turning her back on us completely. Diana was so very patient. Cherish you deserve every success. Thoroughly recommended.
    Vivien Johnson
  • Taylor
    Upon arrival we were greeted by Diana and welcomed, I had four family members with me, of which staff were happy to accommodate for and allow in the room to see our baby... the experience was so special and Diana worked hard to get the perfect images and provide the best information and reassurance.We will be booking up once I’m 26 weeks for the 4D scan and would highly recommend Cherish to all expecting mothers.
    Taylor
  • Jessica
    When I first arrived, I was so nervous, but instantly felt welcome as I walked in, Dianne talked me through the whole of the scan and reassured me, I definitely will be returning in a few weeks! Highly recommend!
    Jessica
  • Tsvetelina
    The three ladies working at the clinic are amazing!They comforted me throughout my pregnancy assuring me with their professionalism.Thanks to Dianne I I had peaceful days and nights.She even called my midwife when the one refused to take action on the issue there was.Whithin 2 hrs I had booked an appointment at Triage.With all the support I received the pregnancy went smoothly and now we have a 16 months old healthy girl!Thank you ladies!
    Tsvetelina
  • Jade Matthews
    Jacqui and Rachel are absolutely fabulous. They always treated me with absolute respect. Did every test and every procedure required with utmost care and attention. They were rhere befire the start of my ivf cycle, throughout my ivf cycle and throughout my successful pregnancy. So much time spent cultivating a fantastic relationship. They were always there to support me through some pretty scary moments and they were always bang on with their reassurances. I will always be truly grateful to them for listening to me, and providing any and every service I needed in a caring, respectful manner. Thank you so much for everything you did for me.
    Jade Matthews
  • Linda Krumina
    First of all making an appointment was so very easy and the clinic got back to me on email in less than 12 hours. We had an appointment on a Sunday and Diana was very professional, knowledgable and was able to answer all our questions with great knowledge and expertise. My partner and I felt very comfortable and reassured during the appointment. Overall a great experience and I would strongly recommend the clinic.
    Linda Krumina
  • Vivien Johnson
    We visited Cherish this week for 4d Scan with our daughter in law and our son.  They let us all in to see these precious scans.  We thank you so much for that.  Lots of bodies in the room, grandparents and the babies sister but Diana took it all in her stride.  Our little baby wasn’t playing ball and did everything she could to avoid having her picture taken.  Diana was simply amazing, managing to get some pictures and was so lovely, caring and reassuring.  At the end she invited us back as the pictures hadn't been as good as she wanted for us.  We have been again today and our little girl was not quite as camera shy, and Diana was once again simply wonderful.  She even captured the little one holding her hands,  quite a difference to putting then completely intro to of her face, lifting the cord up and then turning her back on us completely.  Diana was so very patient.    Cherish you deserve every success.  Thoroughly recommended
    Vivien Johnson
  • Taylor
    Upon arrival we were greeted by Diana and welcomed, I had four family members with me, of which staff were happy to accommodate for and allow in the room to see our baby... the experience was so special and Diana worked hard to get the perfect images and provide the best information and reassurance.We will be booking up once I’m 26 weeks for the 4D scan and would highly recommend Cherish to all expecting mothers.
    Taylor
  • Jessica
    When I first arrived, I was so nervous, but instantly felt welcome as I walked in, Dianne talked me through the whole of the scan and reassured me, I definitely will be returning in a few weeks! Highly recommend!
    Jessica
  • Annonymous
    Another amazing experience today, this is the 4th time I have been here including the times I came with my previous pregnancy with my son, I instantly felt at ease and was reassured by Dianne straight away that everything was perfectly fine with my baby. I will be back again soon! 🙂 x
    Annonymous
  • Annonymous
    Jacqui was very supportive, reassuring and knowledgeable. The scan was completed professionally and the report sent swiftly and directly to my clinic. I will definitely be using Cherish again.
    Annonymous
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