Bleeding During Pregnancy: Causes, Ayurvedic Treatment

Bleeding during pregnancy can hint towards miscarriage. Miscarriage means unfortunate death and exit of fetus from mother’s womb. While not all cases of spotting (bleeding) during pregnancy are dangerous, good care of the mother should be taken to avoid miscarriage. 

In the initial few months, the miscarriage happens with the expulsion of soft tissues of the fetus.
Garbhapata- Miscarriage after  3 – 4 months of pregnancy.

pregnant mother

Reasons for miscarriage

Injury, improper position, suppression of the urges, severe external pressure/attack etc,
As per Ayurveda, excessive sexual indulgence and mental stress factors such as anger, grief, jealousy, fear, terror can cause miscarriage. However, as per modern science, there are no proven documented evidence for these reasons.
Chromosomal deformities
Infection, exposure to radiation, hormonal problems, structural problems in the uterus, hormonal disturbances in the mother,
Loose Cervix (the exit part of the uterus) which opens up too early in some rare cases.
Bad habits such as smoking, alcohol, drugs
Heart, kidney, immunity, thyroid related disorders in the mother.
More the age of the mother, higher the risk of abortion.
Ectopic pregnancy – Embryo getting implanted outside of uterus

Reason for bleeding

Reasons for bleeding during pregnancy:
The above mentioned causes for miscarriage can also be the cause for bleeding.
Infectious disorders,
Wrongly placed placenta within the uterus (placenta previa)
Injury, polyps, cancer etc.

Monthwise ayurvedic treatment

Ayurvedic treatment for bleeding during pregnancy:
As soon as there is bleeding the woman needs to consult a gynaecologist immediately for scanning and for appropriate treatment. The below mentioned combinations of herbs are explained in Ayurvedic text books to treat this condition. It is up to your doctor to decide which one is right for you.

In the 1st few weeks after pregnancy confirmation:
Decoction (Kashaya) or medicated milk  (Ksheerapaka) prepared with
yastimadhu (Glyccirrhiza glabra),
Shakabeeja (Tectona grandis),
ksheera vidari (Ipomea tuberosa) and
Devadaru (Cidrus deodara) is administered in a dose of 50 – 100 ml, in single or divided dose per day.

During 2nd month of pregnancy,
Kashaya or ksheerapakla prepared with
Sesame seeds
Bala (Sida cardifolia) and
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

In 3rd month of pregnancy,
The decoction/medicated milk made out of
ksheera vidari (Ipomea tuberosa),
Neelotpala (Nymphaea stellata) and
Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus).

In 4th month of pregnancy,
the decoction/medicated milk made out of
Dhanvayasa (Fagonia cretica),
Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus),
Rasna (Alpinia galanga),
Padma (Nelumbo nucifera) and
Yastimadhu (Glyccirrhiza glabra)

In 5th month of pregnancy
the decoction/medicated milk made out of
Brihati (Solanum indicum),
Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum),
Kashmari (Gmelina arborea),
Karkataka shringi (Pistacia integrema),
Cinnamon and cow’s ghee.

In 6th month of pregnancy,
The decoction/medicated milk made out of
Prishniparni (Uraria picta),
Bala shigru (Moringa oleifera),
Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and
yastimadhu (Glyccirrhiza glabra).

In 7th month of pregnancy
The decoction/medicated milk made out of
yastimadhu (Glyccirrhiza glabra) and sugar candy are taken in the quantity of 12 gram each and rubbed well with cold water and administered along with 50 ml of milk.

Ayurvedic home remedies

Simple home remedies to prevent or to stop bleeding during pregnancy:
Seek medical advice before trying these.
A preparation called as Shata Dhauta ghrita, is applied around umbilical area, everyday. Learn how to prepare it
The drugs lajjalu (Mimosa pudica), dhataki pushpa (Woodfordia fruticosa), water lilyand lodhra (Symplocos racemosa) are taken in equal quantity and decoction is made. This is added with honey and administered.

Equal amount of Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Mmocharasa (Shalmalia malabarica) and Kutaja beej (Holarrhgena antidyscenterica) are taken and decoction is made. This stabilise fetus in the woman and prevents from displacement. Likewise, pradara (menorrhagia) and udarashoola (abdominal pain) are also subsided by its intake.

Herbs used

Herbs useful to treat Garbhapata/ Garbha srava :
Durva –Cynodon dactylon
Japa –Hibiscus rosescensis
Bala –Sida cardifolia
Lajjalu –Mimosa pudica
Shalmali –Shalmalia malabarica
Shatavari –Asparagus racemosus
Ashoka –Saraca ashoka
Ladhra –Symplocos racemosa
Musta –Cyperus rotundus
Kamala – Nymphea nilotica

Ayurvedic formulations

Formulations useful in stopping bleeding during pregnancy: 
Kamadugha rasa
Pravala panchamrita rasa
Chandraprabha vati
Shatavaryadi choorna
Mahadrakshadi choorna
Shatavaryadi ghrita
Muktashukti bhasma
Garbhapala rasa
Garbha chintamani rasa
Garbha vinoda rasa

Dhanvantari vati
Kadalikanda rasayana

Spotting during pregnancy

Spotting during pregnancy: Precautions
Avoid sex, excessive physical activities.
Avoid intake of highly spicy foods.
Have complete bed rest
Make a note on type of bleeding – whether there are clots, the colour – red or brown, associated symptoms such as vomiting, lower abdominal cramps etc.

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All bleeding episodes during pregnancy does not necessarily end up with miscarriage or abortion. But immediate medical care of the mother is highly recommended to avoid any future complications. The above mentioned remedies and medicines are to be followed strictly under medical supervision. Self medication may pose danger both to the mother and fetus.
Article by Dr MS Krishnamurthy and Dr Hebbar

14 comments on “Bleeding During Pregnancy: Causes, Ayurvedic Treatment

  • archanawriter

    05/06/2015 - 4:39 pm

    Hence, there are no signs of missed miscarriage. There is no way to know about it except going for sonography.

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  • nvs

    28/06/2016 - 7:06 am

    Hi Sir, Is there any medicine in ayurveda to control TSH T3 T4 levels of thyroid during pregnancy, which may also cause a miscarriage ?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      28/06/2016 - 5:34 pm

      Hi, during pregnancy, it is better to rely on allopathic medicines to bring down the thyroid hormone levels under control. Once after delivery, Ayurvedic treatment can be planned.

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  • Kumar

    16/04/2017 - 2:36 am

    Hi Doctor ji,
    What is your opinion on Placenta Encapsulation? Are there any references in Ayurveda?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      05/05/2017 - 11:16 pm

      I have not come across reference for it in Ayurveda.

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  • sanu

    03/08/2017 - 6:32 pm

    Hi doctor, is there any treatment to prevent ectopic pregnancy?

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  • Nisha

    30/11/2017 - 1:06 pm

    Hello Sir..

    I am 8 weeks pregnant with twins. I am 34 yrs old and had miscarriage in april 2017. I wish to know if i can start taking shatavari kalp with milk in my 9 th week of pregnancy and how long should i take it.


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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      06/12/2017 - 11:47 am

      Hi, just 3 grams of shatavari kalpa can be taken for 2 months time. After that, it is better to stop it.

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  • Ilaria palmas

    30/03/2018 - 2:14 pm

    Thanks alot for u r amazing article , i am with pregnecy from last 11 weeks , sometimes i have bleeding (colour is red or brown ) . If can give u some advice for this i am kindly thankfull for u !

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      02/04/2018 - 10:30 pm

      Hi, please go with the advice of your consulting doctor.
      Take proper rest.
      Use more of cucumber and such other coolant vegetables.

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  • Pallavi Salunkhe

    26/09/2019 - 12:36 pm

    What are the causes of placenta previa in 18 weeks as per ayurveda.. Is it increased pitta or vaya or kApha… And how do we reduce it

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      26/09/2019 - 6:54 pm

      It is mainly due to imbalance of vata dosha.
      complete bed rest, applying shatadhoutha gritha over navel region is recommended.
      For personal advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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  • Pallavi

    27/09/2019 - 11:28 am

    Thanks for the reply, but do you mean applying the gritha below the belly button or pouring it in the belly button

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