Bleeding in Early Pregnancy?

Updated on January 30, 2008
A.K. asks from Centerburg, OH
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Hi Moms....I am very early in my pregnancy (maybe 5 weeks) and I have had a little light bleeding. I will be calling my doctor tommorow, because I am not in any pain...no cramping. With my first son I had some light bleeding but I was further along and it was no big deal. I am wondering if anyone has been through this early like me and what came of it. All the books I have looked at have said that it could be many things and sometimes very "normal". Any advice would help :-)

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Well I went to get a blood draw and my hcg level was at 9...and my doctor said anything from 0-5 meant nothing was there. So we had miscarried, since I was so early we did not have to have a D&C....yea!!!!!

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M.W.

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I would not worry if it is not increasing and there is no cramping. It is likely implantation bleeding.

Summer Wilson, MS Midwifery

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L.H.

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A., Dont wait, call the Doctor! At this point it could go either way. Stay on the safe side. L.

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A.M.

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Hi A.. I have had 4 children. I had some bleeding with all of them. Sometimes it was very early. Sometimes later. Try not to worry. Relax and try to rest until you get ahold of your doctor.

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A.W.

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I did bleed with my son at 5-6 weeks. The bleeding was caused by my uteral wall. I guess the small fibroids I had caused the bleeding and the rubbing against my uteral wall. There's nothing you could do about it except wear a panty liner. The outcome was good! I had a great pregnancy and gave birth to a very healthy and vibrate boy, Dillon.

I'll pray for you!

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A.M.

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I had the same problem recently. It lasted for a month. Everything turned out to be fine but I did switch vitamins and that seemed to stop the problem. I had an ultra sound two weeks ago and the baby was very active so everything seemed to be okay.

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S.P.

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I experienced a similar type of bleeding with my second pregnancy. I had an ultrasound at 8 weeks and found out I was having twins. Apparently spotting/bleeding is common in multiple pregnancies. My doctor was very willing to give me the piece of mind of an u/s, hopefully you have the same. Good luck.

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M.S.

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Hi A.,
I had that problem with 2 of my 3 pregnancies. The 1st & 3rd. The 1st time I 2 different episodes of bleeding with no cramping at about 6 weeks & 9 weeks. The doctors ordered an ultrasound just to make sure all was ok, which it was.
The 3rd pregnancy, it started at about 5 weeks also. I did have cramping that time & was terrified that I would miscarry. Went to the doctor that very next day, ultrasound showed a strong heartbeat and one week later the bleeding had stopped and the baby had grown significantly already. They told me that the inside of the uterus can be "spongy", especially if you have had other pregnancies and it sometimes makes it difficult for the egg to implant to the inside wall which causes the bleeding. The cramping can happen because it is similar to a period. VERY Scary, but what a relief to know that all was well. I have 3 healthy children, all full term!! Hope this helps!

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T.D.

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It is my understanding that bleeding is kinda common that early on. I bleed early like that too, my doctor told me to take it easy and keep off my feet as much as possible if that occurred.

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K.

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I had the exact same thing at about 6 or 7 weeks. They did an ultrasound to check it out but everything was fine. Don't worry!

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L.M.

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I bleed at 5 weeks, too. Light brown in color. The doctor said it was "old blood" and not to be concerned. They gave me an ultrasound just to be sure.

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D.G.

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Hi A.,
I understand your concerns. I, too, had some light bleeding early in my pregnancy. In fact, throughout the first trimester. One day the bleeding was quite a bit heavier than normal so I went to the ER where they did an entire work up...blood, urine, US. The US showed that his heart was beating just fine! A follow up with my doctor and another work up showed that my uterus was shifting and was pushing out blood that was pooled up in that area. WHEW! From then on, no more bleeding!

My advice...stop reading the books and consult with your doctor. :->

Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy!

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M.R.

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Hi A.,
I'm not be the downer of the post, but this happened to me the Sunday after New Years. I started light bleeding for about 5 days then suddenly I had very slight cramping, felt a gush and bled for another 5 days. This was my 1st miscarriage out of 4 pregnancies. I'm not trying to worry you,but I didn't know what it was. I had a pregnancy test done the Thursday after I started spotting and that was still positive. I had blood work done the Monday after I felt the 'gush' and then again that Thursday and my hcg levels were already at zero. So it moved rather quickly with very slight cramping no pain and only cramping until the 'gush'. My friend was with me and i called my doctor and everyone told me to load up on the motrin or whatever and i didn't even need it. I hope all goes well for you, but i would definetly talk to ur doctor. Good luck!
M.

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C.H.

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i'd bet money that it's normal. it's like it's normal for subsequent children to be born a week or two before the due date as well as you being able to feel kiddo move earlier. you know what you're looking for and your body knows what it's doing has more experience, so things happen more quickly or differently. sure, talk to your doctor, but i bet s/he'll tell you you're fine

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P.S.

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At five weeks, your body may be trying to have its normal menstrual flow. However, b/c your body also wants to stay pregnant is likely why the flow is light. I'm in pregnancy #5 now and that happened almost every time right around what should've been the "next" month.

Best wishes to you!!

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F.F.

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I had the same with my DD. Everything turned out okay for us. Just take it easy and get some rest...

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J.J.

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A.-Bleeding during pregnancy is never something to ignore. However, it is very common for women to have bleeding early in pregnancy especially around 4-5 weeks. In fact lots of people that have this think they are starting their period. The bleeding that you are probably having is implantation bleeding. Implantation bleeding is usually pink to SLIGHTly red and only a small amount. As long as you are not having heavy bleeding or any cramping then I would say you are doing okay. Make sure that you always let your Dr. know when you are having any kind of bleeding during any phase of your pregnancy.

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J.M.

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I would definetely be paying attention although a little bleeding is normal. If you start to feel tender or any cramps/pain get it checked out. I had 2 ectopic pregnanices so I am more prone to tell you to just be careful.

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M.E.

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i am pregnant for the 3rd time. during my 1st preganncy, i have bleeding off and on through out the whole thing. i was having to rush in to the ob's office every few weeks. and tehy performed several ultra sounds....had some complications, but my daughter is happy healthy and beautiful. got pregnant again this summer and started spotting. went to the ob and they did and ultra sound and said everything looked good...about a week later came home from work and had a sudden gush of blood but no cramping. we went in the next day for another ultra sound and the baby had no heartbeat. obviuosly i was miscarrying so we opted for a D & C, well i'm now 13 weeks with my 3rd and have had some spotting, but not much. had 2 ultra sounds already, but so far everything is going good. no matter what the books say, spotting is NOT normal. it's not uncommon, but should not be considered normal. you are right to go in and get checked out. thats what the docs are there for. take care and i hope everything is ok.

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L.C.

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I had early bleeding in my first 2 pregnancies. The doctors discovered my progesterone levels were low and my body wasn't producing enough. I received progesterone supplements and went on the have 2 healthy babies. With my third child, my doctor started me on the progesterone as soon as my pregnancy was confirmed due to my history. Your doctor will probably want to draw blood to confirm your hormone levels. Good luck during your pregnancy.

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