K.C. asks from Ashland, OR on April 24, 2009
End of First Trimester but Bleeding Lightly
I am twelve weeks and five days pregnant and so far have been really healthy. I had an ultrasound last Tuesday and everything with the baby looked great. I just woke up and went to the bathroom and was shocked to see some reddish brown blood when I wiped. I'm not still bleeding, but I am hallucinating cramping, though I don't really think I am, I can't tell. I have had minor cramping throughout this pregnancy but none for the last few days. My doctor's office doesn't open for a couple of hours - anyone have this happen to them and everything turned out fine? I think those are the only kinds of posts I am looking for right now - I don't want to freak myself out completely!
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So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for all of your reassuring responses! I did go in to my doctor's office and had an exam - I heard my baby's heartbeat, and that's all I really wanted. Everything else seems fine. My doctor told me that about 50% of women spot or bleed lightly during some phase of their pregnancy - so now I am part of that 50%! The bleeding has stopped and I feel tons better. Thanks again for all of your support!
J.K. answers from Portland on April 25, 2009
Brownish color is a sign that the blood is old. Bright red, continuous bleeding is a more serious sign. I've known lots and lots of women to spot off and on throughout their pregnancy and deliver healthy babies! Good luck!!!
J.C. answers from Seattle on April 24, 2009
Yes, K. = I had EXACTLY that experience- and my daughter is now 26 years old and NO problems. Good for you for saying '''that's the only post'''--- you are being an EXCELLENT '''' Mom''''''' to yourself ( which is why you are such a great MOM--- see?????) ---- I'm really proud of you and will keep you in my prayers - I found myself ( when I was in your situation) mentally picturing the two babies ( my older one and the new one) toddling along between myself and my husband -- in the sun --- at Woodland Park - or whatever place/experience '''' shines''''' for you.
aka- Old Mom
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C.A. answers from Portland on April 24, 2009
You need to calm down first - I had this happen with my now 4 year old son. Stress is really bad so you need to find something that relaxes you - not activity. Just to be safe drink a LOT of water (you need nearly double what you did before you were pregnant - I know the peeing isn't fun, but problems get worse if you aren't hydrated). Take some down time - read a book - take a bath. If you do meditation that might help you calm down. I had horrible actual cramping and he's standing here beside me pushing numbe8rs that I have to keep deleting (LOL). Best of luck and be3 sure to let us know how it goes2.
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M.C. answers from Seattle on April 24, 2009
This is very common. I had this happen with my first. If you are really worried about it; it doesn't hurt to go in later when they open up. I had to be especially careful because I am RH- but if you are not then you most likely are fine. Try not to stress too much!
A.K. answers from Seattle on April 25, 2009
Try not to worry-I had almost that exact same thing happen. I had horrible cramping for the first 11 weeks, then at 12 weeks had some brownish blood and even a little clot.
I now have a crazy 17.5 month old son, who is perfectly fine and healthy. :)
I know it's hard not to worry, but staying positive is best for your little one too!!
C.R. answers from Seattle on April 25, 2009
Hi, This happened to me with my first pregnancy - bright red blood which gave me a jolt, but everything turned out just fine. Hope all is well. God bless you!
J.V. answers from Portland on April 25, 2009
I had some spotting in my first trimester as well. It really worried me, but it only happened that day and never happened again. Thank God for all my mom friends who reassured me to not worry. I am sure the doctor will tell you that if it continues to come in, but I doubt they will even have you come in for an appointment.
K.M. answers from Spokane on April 25, 2009
I don't know for certain, but what I have heard many times is brownish blood is old blood, of course check with your doctor but I believe its not as serious as bright red would be. I also think its very important to try to remain calm. Good Luck!!
W.L. answers from Seattle on April 25, 2009
I know that you've already talked to your doctor at this point, but I wanted to let you know for future reference, if you ever need medical advice during non-business hours (either for yourself or your children), you can always call and talk to a Registered Nurse on the Evergreen Healthline at ###-###-####. They're availabe 24/7, and they've helped me several times over many years and they have always been very nice and very helpful.
I'm glad everything was ok! I'm at 8.5 weeks now myself with child #3. <GULP!> ;o)