G.B. asks from Olathe, KS on July 06, 2010
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy - Olathe,KS
I am about 5 weeks pregnant and started bleeding last night. Started out as light brown spotting, then pink then red. It definitely more than spotting, but it's not like I'm soaking though a pad in an hour. I have even started seeing clots today as well. I have already been to the doctor to have my hCG levels checked and am going in for repeat blood work Thursday, by that time they should have doubled. I have had mild cramping but nothing severe by any means. I've been told to take it easy for the next few days (no lifting, exercising, sex, etc) Has anyone experienced this? What has been the outcome? Any words of wisdom for me? Thanks and sorry if its TMI! :)
So What Happened?™
Well I did end up with a miscarriage but I try to live by the fact that everything happens for a reason. Hopefully our next attempt will have a better outcome. Thanks for all of your stories and advice.
M.K. answers from Albuquerque on July 06, 2010
I had a misscarriage at 5 weeks with the very same symptoms, and I am very sorry for what you are going through, allthough I was able to get pregnant a year later and I spotted and bled the entire time and I gave birth to him and he is now 4 years old
B.B. answers from Charleston on July 06, 2010
I don't want to freak you out, and I hope I'm wrong, but it sounds exactly like what happened to me when I had a miscarriage at about 5 weeks, 2 yrs ago. The nurse told me that if I was seeing clots, then that was what was probably happening. I became pregnant about 5 months later, had spotting throughout that pregnancy(was worried sick) and gave birth to a big baby girl 4 months ago. They say up to 25% o pregnancies end in miscarriage due to some genetic defect, and don't mean that there is anything wrong with YOU,so if it is, just know that you're certainly not alone,and that your body's doing what it must so that you can have a very healthy pregnancy and baby a little later. The funny thing with my miscarriage was that I wasn't fully psychologically prepared to be pregnant then, I always wondered if it had something to do with it, because the timing was really bad now that I look back. Hope this helps.
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C.C. answers from Topeka on July 08, 2010
I had a miscarriage with my 1st pregnancy at 5 1/2 weeks along. Sounded similar, when I got pregnant again I called the doctor immediately and asked if there was anything we needed to check so try to ensure it didn't happen again,. He had me come in and get my progesterone levels checked and I ended up being on progesterone for the 1st trimester after which time the placenta produces the progesterone needed for the pregnancy to continue. I have known a few other people that have had this issue in that their body doesn't produce enough progesterone to continue a pregnancy, some can't even get pregnant without going on progesterone. I had to do this with each on my three kids and had I not specifically asked if there was something that we could check to ensure the second pregnancy, that blood test would not have been run and it may have resulted in more miscarriages, instead my life has been blessed three times with little bundles! Good luck and God bless.
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L.D. answers from St. Louis on July 07, 2010
I'm sorry to say that if the bleeding continues as fresh, red blood, then your situation sounds very much like both of my 2 miscarriages. The good news, however, is that when I started spotting in the way you describe during my 3rd pregnancy (at about 9 weeks), it went back to light brown and ended after a week or so. That time it was a subchorionic hematoma (seen on ultrasound) that cleared up on its own: my healthy baby is now 5 months old. Be prepared for bad news but don't give up hope - after 2 miscarriages in my late 30s the prognosis wasn't good but the 3rd time was the charm...my warm wishes and hopeful thoughts go out to you.
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S.H. answers from St. Louis on July 07, 2010
my recommendation is for you to report every single detail to your doctor. If the flow seems heavier, accompanied by lots of cramping.....call immediately!
Please don't delay on your calls....early intervention is best.
I wish you Hope, Peace, & Comfort.
J.B. answers from St. Louis on July 06, 2010
I was 9 weeks when i started to spot a little without cramping. At my check up that week I had an ultra sound that show i was only measuring 6 weeks. After a weeks worth of blood work it showed my levels were dropping. I ended up having to have a dnc. With my sister she had the same thing happen to her but had a lot of bleeding, cramping, and clots. Her levels were going up very slowly and at 7 weeks had an ultrasound done that showed a heartbeat and a week later found out she had lost it. Everyone is different and a lot of women do carry on even with bleeding through out a pregnancy. Try to take it easy and not worry too much, good luck
A.S. answers from Dallas on July 06, 2010
I had a miscarriage in February of this year. I was about 5 weeks pregnant. I started lightly bleeding on a Monday and on Thursday I had severe cramping (never clotting). By Friday I was done bleeding and no more cramping. I had lost the baby.
In April my period came slightly early and lasted 7 days instead of 5 like they always do. A week later I felt like I was getting a UTI so I got a pregnancy test to rule that out before going to the doctor. I was positive I wasn't pregnant since I had JUST had my period (I later found out this "period" was my body trying to abort the baby but failed). The test was positive. Four days later I started lightly bleeding again... orangy/red, pink, then red. I kept lightly bleeding and everyone kept saying bleeding in early pregnancy was normal, even my midwife told me that. I knew something was wrong so I demanded my family doctor order a blood test. The HCG levels were NOT doubling every 24 hours. They were only increasing 33% every 48 hours. I had another blood test and still it was the same story. I was then persistent on getting a ultrasound which revealed a 7 week ectopic pregnancy. I then went to my OB/GYN who still didn't believe it was an ectopic since I wasn't in pain. We made him go through with the surgery and my left fallopian tube was removed because I was bleeding internally and the tube was about to burst.
I don't mean to scare you. Bleeding could be nothing or it could be serious. If you feel something isn't right don't let ANYONE tell you otherwise. If I had listened to everyone I would of had a ruptured fallopian tube and possibly died from the internal bleeding.
Watch those HCG levels. If they are not doubling every 24 hours that is a red flag.
God bless you!
N.O. answers from Dallas on July 06, 2010
I really don't want to scare you but I've had 2 miscarriages and the second one sounds similar to what you're experiencing.
First miscarriage - Approx 7 weeks along, started with heavy bleeding early morning that did not let up, I was cramping bad in my back and going through a pad every 30 minutes. There was NO mistaking it was a miscarriage.
Second m/c - Also approx 7 weeks along, started out with very light spotting, then got brighter and slightly heavier but not much, I called the doctor who said to stay off my feet and call if the bleeding gets heavier. Well about 2 days later the bleeding got pretty heavy but still not as bad as my first m/c, about a normal period type of bleeding with some small clots so my husband drove me to the ER where they did some blood work and a sonogram and then confirmed it was another miscarriage.
I was so certain it couldn't be a miscarriage because it was SO different then the first, much slower with the bleeding, NO severe cramping or back pain so I thought it might just be implantation bleeding.....but I was wrong.
Now I have also had 3 full term pregnancies with 3 very healthy babies born so a miscarriage does not mean you will never have another child, or that there's anything wrong with you, it just happens to some people. And in between my two miscarriages, I had my 3rd child so they weren't back to back.
I'm currently pregnant with # 4 and have had some very light spotting early on in the first trimester but it didn't last long and was never heavy enough for me to even use a pad, it did scare me though because none of my other full term pregnancies did I even have any spotting but it can happen with some pregnancies and the baby still be fine. However if your bleeding doesn't get any better throughout the rest of the day, I'd go in to the ER or make a visit to your OB GYN and get your HCG levels rechecked.
Good luck, I hope everything turns out ok for you!
M.D. answers from St. Louis on July 07, 2010
I'm sorry you're having to deal with this. The stress of pregnancy is great enough without now having to worry about what all this means.
My symptoms, similar to yours, resulted in a miscarriage; however there are MANY that go on to have a healthy baby. I will keep you in my prayers and if you find yourself needing some support, I share my story and provide some emotional help through my little non-profit: www.heavenborn.com.