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24 Feb 2004

Maternity leave
Hi Doc

I am now 7 weeks pregnant, had a miscarriage last year and a threatened miscarriage on Friday which was very scary I lost a lot of blood in one big gush but the bleeding stopped quickly and a scan yesterday revealed no fresh bleeding and the baby is fine. Can this kind of bleeding affect the baby and do you have any ideas of what may have caused it? Also my son was premature at 35 weeks ( he is now 6 ), so would like to know in light of my history when would it be wise to start my maternity leave.

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01 Jan 0001

This is what is called a threatened miscarriage. This is usually due to bleeding behind the placenta. If it all settles down, there should not be any effect on the baby. However, there is always a risk that you will bleed again and miscarry. The bedrest would be important at this stage. Many women have one miscarriage and this is usually because of an abnormality of the baby, nature's way of preventing giving birth to an abnormal child. More than one would need investigation.
It is a bit early to plan your maternity leave now. I would suggest you wait and see what happens in the next month or so.

Best wishes
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