We Have Kids, a site created by moms, dads, educators, and family experts, interviews Mark P. Trolice, M.D., for his insights on bleeding or spotting in early pregnancy.

“In the first trimester, 15 to 25 percent of pregnancies can experience vaginal bleeding,” says Dr. Trolice. “While any bleeding is alarming, it is not associated with miscarriage unless heavy bleeding occurs, resulting in approximately a 24 percent risk of loss.”