Bleeding at any stage of pregnancy is not considered normal and advice from a midwife or doctor should be sought. Bleeding from the birth canal before 20 weeks is called a threatened abortion or miscarriage. The bleeding may or may not have abdominal pain associated with it. The blood loss may be brown spotting, blood stained discharge or bright red bleeding. The amount of bleeding is proportional to the risk of miscarriage, the greater the bleeding the greater the risk of miscarriage (Beischer & Mackay, 1998). Abdominal pain associated with the bleeding is not considered a good sign. Around one in four women will experience vaginal bleeding in the first three months of pregnancy. Of these women 70-80% will continue their pregnancies to full term (Bennett & Brown, 1993).
There is probably nothing that can prevent a threatened miscarriage becoming a miscarriage (Davis, 1997). However certain strategies are certainly worth a try. If symptoms are acute, bed rest may be recommended. Research to date has not found bed rest to be helpful, although little research has been carried out. It is important that the woman’s preferences regarding bed rest are taken into consideration (Enkin, Keirse, Renfrew & Neilson, 1995). Avoidance of sexual intercourse is advised during any period of vaginal bleeding. Some recommend that sexual intercourse be avoided for two to three weeks after the bleeding has settled (Bennett & Brown, 1993).
Ultrasound is the main test offered to women experiencing bleeding in pregnancy. An ultrasound can establish whether the baby is alive or dead and can help predict if the pregnancy will continue or end in miscarriage. There are a small number of pregnancies where the baby is alive but is destined to miscarry, ultrasound cannot predict this group with any certainty.
Blood tests to detect placental hormonal levels may be carried out. Low levels of these hormones indicates that there is a high risk of miscarriage. Other blood tests that may be performed include testing for haemoglobin levels (if there has been heavy bleeding) and blood typing (to identify women who have a negative blood group).
Over a period of many years the administration of various hormones to pregnant women, in an attempt to prevent miscarriage, have been tried. The results of research found no benefit. The miscarriage rate stayed the same (Beischer & Mackay, 1988; Enkin, Keirse, Renfrew & Neilson, 1995).
Naturally most couples will worry about the long term implications of bleeding in the early pregnancy. Unfortunately there can be no assurances given that the pregnancy will continue normally. However ultrasound and hormonal levels can provide a fairly reliable picture of the potential outcome of the pregnancy. If the pregnancy continues past 20 weeks around 95% of babies will survive and the incidence of any major abnormalities is increased by only 1.3% (Beischer & Mackay, 1988).
It is very normal to feel agitated or upset at the possibility of loosing your baby. Having a supportive environment with empathetic and understanding people around you is a big help. Everybody copes in a different fashion, there is no right or wrong way. A supportive health care professional is invaluable. The health care professional can guide you through any tests, provide you with factual information about what is happening and also they can provide ongoing support.
(20th January 2000)
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I think I am pregnant, I have done a dip stick test but the doctor apt. is next week to confirm. This week was a very busy week and tonight I went to a personal training session and it was a hard work out. More weights not much cardio. Tonight I noticed a brownish discharge. I fear this may be bleeding and am worried about the baby. I think I am about 5 weeks. What would you suggest? Is this something I should get checked straight away or will my appointment on Thursday be ok? Thanks
Sorry Vannessa in the delay in replying - I've been out with clients all this week. Brown discharge is usually old blood - which is much more reassuring than bright red blood. If you are experiencing any vaginal bleeding it is advisable to stop exercising an seek advise of a midwife or doctor. Do know that a small amount of vaginal discharge is quite common in early pregnancy and most of those pregnancies continue normally. Once bleeding settles you can resume exercise. I would however avoid very strenous exercise. A great book on exercise in pregnancy is one by Dr James Clapp called "Exercising through your pregnancy". He has researched women exercising in pregnancy (including athletes) and gives great guidelines on what is an ideal level of exercise in your chosen field of exercise (including weights).
I discovered last tuesday that i was pregnant after going to the hospital with bad cramps in my right side and had been bleeding for 8 days. Bright red blood. My hcg level was 235 on tuesday then jumped to 270 in two days. The doctors suspect an ectopic pregancy which is shattering to me. Have to go back on thursday for another ultrasound and blood test. Treatment options have been discussed but they both scare me. I feel pregant naturally with my 3 year old. We have been trying for almost two years and now this is happening. I can't even deal with it because i'm in limbo at the moment. Please help.
Hello, My partner is approx 5 weeks pregnant and yesterday she had some spotting and this morning when she went to the toilet more blood came out. She describes it as if she is having her period and she has pains in her back and stomach. She went to the hospital today and they did a hormone test. can you please let me know if this seems serious as everyone is saying it is bad news however i have been reading that 30 % of women experience bleeding. Should i be worried? or is it normal for women to bleed around 5 weeks? Thanks for your help
Hi Tony - I am sorry your partner is having problems. Bleeding in early pregnancy is quite common and many pregnancies continue normally. However if the bleeding is associated with cramping - the outlook for the pregnancy is not as positive. The chances of miscarriage is higher. Unfortunately you just have to wait it out to see what is going to be the outcome. Sorry I can't give you more positive news.
Hi,I had a miscarriage last August 2010.My LMP was 8/03/2011,i have done a home pgt but its negative.This afternoon i started having slight cramps and a dull feeling around my abdomen later i noticed light pink,brown discharge i suspect its bleeding.Please tell me what to do because i really dont want to loose this pregnancy
Dear Natalie I am so sorry for taking so long to respond - I hope that you didn't have an ectopic pregnancy. I have my fingers crossed for you.
Dear Joyce - Home Pregnancy Tests are usually around 99% accurate on or before when your periods are due. If the test is negative it is unlikely (but not impossible) that you are pregnant. Your cycle may be slightly delayed this month. Unfortunately the only thing to do is to wait and see what happens.
Hi, I had a miscarriage at the end of October 2010. I did a pregnancy test last week about 5 days before my period is due to start that came up negative tho I still felt like i could be even tho I didn't have a lot of what they say are normal signs that your pregnant eg: sore breasts ( i did have that last time) tho I have sore nipples, I then did one 2 days later that told me I was pregnant. I was lightly spotting in the morning almost all last week tho it stopped on friday, it now monday one day after the positive test and there was a little bit of bright red blood this morning. Could I be miscarrying again?
Dear Ashley - Bleeding is common in early pregnancy and many pregnancies continue normally. However it can be the first sign that you may miscarry again. Please consult your midwife or doctor for advise.
I'm about 4 weeks pregnant and I have a bit of blood in the morning and then nothing for the rest of the day and this happens on and off (not every morning) and it is normally only a tiny bit. This morning there was a bit more then what there has been. What could this be?
Dear Skye - sometimes in early pregnancy you can have what is known as implantation bleeding. Alternatively you might be having a threatened miscarraige (this doesn't mean you will necessarily have a miscarriage). Contact your midwife or doctor for advise.
Hi, I am 5weeks pregnant and today i saw bleeding which was not heavy nor spotting. I am worried thinking whether i can have miscarriage which i dont want. I have PCOD problem too. Please suggest me.
Im 16wks preg and have been bleeding when i go the toiet.It started a few days ago with only spotting however the bleeding seems to be getting stronger. I have had a ultrasound which showed a healthy baby and closed cervix. My doc wants to see me in 3 weeks however didnt say anything about seeing him sooner if the bleeding continues. should i be getting a ultra sound done to check my cervix everytime i bleed or just wait the 3 weeks?
Hi Kim - If the bleeding is getting heavier contact your doctor for advice. Out of hours if you are concerned with the amount of bleeding contact your local hospital for advice. The Australian Government has a Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline you can ring 1800 882 436.
hi there im 4 weeks pregnant now this is my second baby and my eldest is 3 yrs old, im worried cos when i woke up this morning im bleeding with bright red blood but there is no cramps or stomach pain that a felt at all,the bleeding is not much cos im observing it while using a pad. pls.help me im worried about my pregnancy, thank you
Hi there I am pregnant with my 2nd baby an I am bleeding for 2days now it is just like a period to me. I am very worried about it! I have already been to the doctors an they have taken a scan an said they can see the pregnancy sack an it looks okay. But I do have to go back in 14 days. I am not clotting an don't ave very much pain the best way for me 2 describe it as like a period. I'd there any chance that's what it could be. Thanks
Hi Tasha - A period is where the lining of the uterus is shed. In pregnancy this is not possible as the lining of ther uterus is needed for the pregnancy. The bleeding is coming from another source. Unfortunately there isn't anything you can do at the moment except wait. Hopefully the bleeding will settle.
Hi, I am 6 weeks pregnant & started bleeding night before last I have been to my Dr & had an ultrasound & blood tests with no real results yet & I am booked for next tuesday for more blood test's to see if me levels have increased but was wondering if it is normal to be told to stay home from work while the Dr figues this problem out? Thanks
Dear Kim - Midwives and doctors will offer advice they feel appropriate to the situation. So while some will advise to stay at home from work - others may not (this advise will depend greatly on your individual situation). Once the advise was bed rest if you experienced bleeding in early pregnancy - but subsequent research has shown this does not improve outcomes. Strenous activity is not advisable if you are experiencing bleeding in early pregnancy. You could ask your doctor why they have advised you to stay home from work and whether there is any evidence that this advise is helpful for your situation.
hi , I am nine weeks pregnant.sometimes bleeding is come when i go to the toilet.Last time i had ultrasound but it shows baby is good.I want to know why bleeding is come if everything is normal.what i need to do?
When there is bleeding in early pregnancy - the cause is often not identified. Hopefully your bleeding will stop soon.
Hi, I had an abortion 2mths ago and received my period as normal the following month, though last month it was late so i did a preg test and it was negative but a week later i did another one and it came out positive and then 4 days later i got my period and it was very heavy and only had bleeding for 2 days. I did another pregnancy test yesturday and it was positive again. Could i be pregnant and maybe loosing the baby ?
Hi Di - It is hard to know what is going on. You'll need to see your midwife or doctor so they can do a check up and let you know what is happening.
HI, I had a missed miscarriage in early feb (i was 13wk 3 days but the baby had died at 10wk 6dys), consequently i had to have an ERPC on Feb 3 2011. I had a period on March 13 2011, and have had no period since. i have done two HPT's and had pregnancy confirmed by the GP, only via a urine dipstick. Im apprehensive however that this is just due to remaining hormones for the previoud m/c. Is that possible? do you think i could be pregnant again? ive had some symptoms identical to my previous pregnancy. Also had one small episode of light pink discharge last thursday and passed only two very small (about 2mm each) strands of what looked like old brown blood. Im so confused, do you think this could be a sign of a miscarriage again?
My obs/gyn cant see me until next week to scan me, until then im in complete limbo.
I am 4-5 weeks pregnant, and started bleeding this morning while I was at the Radiology Clinic for a scan, They rushed me straight in and did a external and internal exanination, they could not see any oblious signs of tearing or as to why i would be bleeding. My doctor took blood and told me its a positive sign that there are no cramps and my bleeding is rather light(much the same a when u have a weak bladder and cant hold on to little bits). A friend whom has Three Healthy Kids said that the Doctors would not of let me go home if they thought i was having a miscarrage, they would of kept me in for obsevation over night. Is no cramps and light bleeding a Positive sign and i have every chance of carrying to full term?
Hi Laura - If you've had a positive pregnancy test now you will be pregnant. Pregnancy hormones decline even before a miscarriage occurs. The old brown blood you've seen could be a sign of miscarriage again, however this pregnancy may continue on normally. Only time will tell.
Hi Kristie - It is a positive sign that you haven't had any cramping with your bleeding. Hopefully your pregnancy will continue normally. Contact your midwife or doctor if your bleeding increases.
Hi, My doctor told me today that I am 4 weeks + 4 days preganant. I have feeling that my stomach is swolen from inside.I feel pain all the time from inside. I have a small very faint brownish spot. Is it dangerous to have pain in stomach all the time or its normal.Waiting for your reply.
my daughter is 7 weeks pregnant.. she has had spotting for most of the 7 weeks. some times brown but sometimes bright red. she had a bout of intense pain last week on her right side but an ultrasound showed no ectopic.. (to my knowledge) she is getting down about it and is talking abortion , i keep trying to tell her that the spotting may stop and she will go on to produce a healthy child. im worried about her. Does spotting stop around the end of 1st trimester ? and will the continuous spotting cause aneamia?
Dear Chelle - You are correct the spotting may stop and the pregnancy continue normally. If a miscarriage does not occur - the bleeding usually settles in the first trimester. Heavy bleeding can result in anaemia - spotting usually does not.
This is to inform you that my wife was pregnant by normal after 6 years of marriage. My wife was 12th week in pregency stage and yesterday she experienced a bleeding of high discharge and immediately we have visted our doctor and his found that baby is having movement and heartbeat is ok.She provide with an ingestion for stopping the bleeeding and in the morning my grace of God we have found that bleeding is completely stopped.Now she is taking bed rest and request you to kindly guide is their is any chance of miscarrage and what precaution to be taken.
Hi Eppan - It is reassuring that your baby's heart beat is okay and your wife's bleeding has stopped. Hopefully your wife's pregnancy will continue normally. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise and sexual intercourse.
About a month ago now i was away on holidays and i started to bleed, at first i thought it was just my period coming early so thought nothing of it. but i only had the one bleed. for a week or so afterwards i had some spotting but it was brownish in colour. I just thought this was a strange period as i have only had a few since they came back from breast feeding my daughter. then the other day i did a pregnancy test as i was feeling a lot like it did when pregnant with my daughter the first test i did at night and it came out a very faint positive, so i done another one in the morning 2 days later and it came out a definate positive. should i be concerned about the bleeding now even though it has stopped. thanks
Hi Gastine - You can experience what is known as implantation bleeding and it is very common and the pregnancy often continues normally. It is great the bleeding has stopped. Talk to your midwife or doctor about any concerns you might have.
i am now 16 weeks pregnant with my second child, in the first 14 weeks i was bleeding off and on really heavily with bright red blood not for the past two weeks i have been getting brown blood, i have seen my obstetrician and he said everything is ok and the bleeding should stop at 16 weeks but it has not stopped, should i go and see him again or just wait another 3 weeks until i have my 20 week scan
Dear Rebecca - Why don't you call your doctor's surgery and ask whether or not you need to make an appointment to see him earlier?
Hi There, I am almost 10 weeks pregnant with my 4th pregnancy and I've had a stringy blood-stained discharge every 3-4days or so for about 3 weeks. There really isn't that much blood colour to it but as it keeps re-occurring is it worth getting my OB or GP to check it out? I'm just a bit concerned as I've not had this before with my other pregnancies. My first was a blighted ovum and my body didn't miscarry naturally so I had a D&C at 13weeks. Ive since had 2 babies and with this one I had an ultrasound at week 7 and all was ok... Fetal pole & heartbeat. I just don't know if it's something to worry about?
Hi Tara - with any form of vaginal bleeding you should let your doctor or midwife know. Hopefully it will turn out to be nothing. It is reassuring that you've had a normal ultrasound at 7 weeks.
Hi, My period cycle is within 35 days. If it is on may 19 then next will be june 19 like that. This month I thought I am pregnant , so i did both urine test and blood test. But both went negative. Today i got periods and bleeding was very less, now it is stopped and brown discharge has come immediately after that. I have started taking dates so that bleeding should come properly. I consulted my doctor, she told me to wait for 2-3 days. If there is no bleeding then they will do blood test again. She told me that this may be scope of early pregnancy, is it so? please someone reply.
9 weeks pregnant, bleed lightly 2 weeks ago and heavily with a few clots a few days ago. read so much on the internet, most positive. Unfortunately the ultrasound showed he stopped growing about a week ago and no heart beat detected. I asked for a trans vaginal ultra sound to make sure - but sadly, same diagnosis. Doctor said with bleeding and clots you only have 5o% viable pregnancy. so sad. He also said if the pregnancy is healthy, nothing can deter it - even being starved in a concentration camp. Hope this helps someone. Never easy.
Im 11 and a half weeks, and for the past 2 days ive been bleeding. Its not brown but its not bright red either. Theres mucus with the blood on some occasions. But theres not enough blood for a sanitary pad. I just wipe and there it is. Im also getting cramping.
Went to my local doctor yesterday, i had a blood test done and i have another one done a week later. she also said there wasn't any use to have a ultrasound cos i have a ultrasound on thursday for my 12 week scan.She also said if i get bad pains to go straight to the hospital. Ive started reading on here and im beginning to think i have lost my baby. My symptoms i think have gone. I had heartburn and its gone. but i do think i still have those butterflies for when the baby moves?
Hi Archana - I am sorry for the delay in replying. I guess you know the answer to your question now. Yes the symptoms your describe do sound like early pregnancy. What we know as implantation bleeding. However some women get an unusual period. So the only way to know what is going on is to wait a couple of days and do another pregnancy test.
Hi Natalie - I hope that your pregnancy proceeds normally and that everything is okay on your ultrasound scan at 12 weeks.
I am currently 4weeks 3 days pregnant and I have had on and off red spotting for 5 days with no cramps or nothing like heavy or Chunky...only when I wipe... Please tell me it's not a miscarriage and that it can be normal. I have my first prenatal appt. Tues 8/2/2011. My spotting came on right around the time my normal period would start... I have taken 3 pregnant tests and all were positive.
Hi Mandy - it is not unusual to get spotting in early pregnancy. Avoid sexual intercourse while you are spotting. Hopefully it will settle down and everything will continue normally. Sometimes the bleeding does get heavier and leads to miscarriage. Call your midwife or doctor if you are concerned or the bleeding increases.
Hi. Ive previously had 2 pregnancies and 2 healthy babies. Last month 1st June i misscarried at what was meant to be 9 weeks but the baby was only measuring 6 weeks. I passed the baby naturally. I hadnt had a period since then so tested last week and got a positive. I used a clear blue test which said im 4-5weeks. Last night after a long walk I got a little brown discharge. Does this mean the same things happening?
Dear Danielle - hopefully the brown discharge is implantation bleeding and not the first sign of another miscarriage. Unfortunately only time will tell. Contact your midwife or doctor if vaginal discharge continues.
Hi just wanted to know what you think I am 13dpo I have long cycles 45 days since getting off bc but I know when I ovulated currently I am having brown and bright red spotting since 10 dpo cramping on that day but none since. BTT still above coverline all HPT done on 10 dpo and 12 dpo neg should I assume this is not my month and take the red spotting as a period? I usually spot 2 day or less before I start but it's never stayed the same without getting heavier. This time is longer and not even enough to fill a pantyliner. I've had 3 pregnancies full term no problems. Just got off bc pills after 7 yrs
I am 6 weeks pregnant and am 41 and went for blood test on Friday. Over the weekend I have been bleeding - not a lot but a bit more than spotting. Its pinkish in colour and there are no clots. I am booked in for a scan next Friday should I wait till then to see or contact GP?
Hi. For a month I had just "felt" like I was pregnant. I had minor nausea, sensitive breasts, and frequent urination even when I hadn't drank hardly anything during the day, and was unimaginably tired. 2 weeks in I was spotting brown, and assumed my period was coming, but it only last 2 days so lightly I didn't even need a pad. Symptoms aside, I just felt "different" so I took a pregnancy test after one month, and got a negative result.
I assumed I was really not pregnant, till 2 days later when I remembered my mom (who had 5 healthy kids), got a negative on every single pregnancy test she's ever taken, including a blood test once. One time her doctor was convinced she was pregnant, till after 3 months my mom demanded an ultrasound. The doctor was floored when he realized how far along she was when he was when the blood test came out negative. So I have alot less confidence in the pregnancy test now, and the symptoms continue.
The symptoms continued, and this week I have been bleeding brown blood, its not what I'd consider "light" but its light enough that I don't really need to change my pad till the end of the day. I have been bleeding like this for 4 days, and when I looked it up I found mostly signs of pregnancy. Its usually the lightest in the morning when I wake up, and I feel like the more I walk around during the day, the heavier it is.
My boyfriend and I decided not to take another pregnancy test and/or blood test till the end of the month so I don't worry too much. I am concerned about the type of bleeding though. I haven't had any cramps or clotting, Usually my periods are very heavy with much clotting and pain.
I understand I need to go to a doctor, and as of now I might not actually be pregnant since my test came up negative, but I would be happy to see your opinion on this.
This is all quite embarrassing actually. I feel like I'm being too paranoid about being pregnant even though I got a negative. I even went as far as to pick up a baby name book I saw marked down. I was so certain I was pregnant that maybe I'm just in denial now? Its not like now would be an opportune time in my life to have a baby, but the thought of it is still very exciting. I feel like a giddy naive teenager even though I'm not, I promise xD
I look forward to hearing a reply from you regardless of what it is. Sorry for blabbering on so long. Since I just moved I don't have anyone here to talk to about these things besides my boyfriend, and besides the fact that he's 100% supportive and we plan on getting married, I'd rather not stress him out too much with this talk since he is a guy.
I am about 5 weeks pregnant and noticed blood last night. The day before I went out berry picking by boat and next day started bleeding. I am worried because my lower back hurts and theres only blood when I wipe. Do you think my baby will be ok?
I'm 9weeks and two days pregnet well i spotted at 6weeks and all was fine.However my husband and i had sex tonight n when i went to the bathroom red blood? Im so worried because last feb i had a misscarige.should i be worried or is it normal?????
Dear Lydia - sometimes in early pregnancy you can have very light bleeding and while 99% accurate pregnancy tests can occasionally be negative if a woman is in very early pregnancy. Alternatively you may just be having a very light period. If you are uncertain if you are pregnant visit your midwife or doctor for advise.
Hi Kate - It is hard to know what is going on. Your bleeding may pass without further incident or alternatively this may be the first sign of a miscarriage. Let your midwife or doctor know about your bleeding. They will be able to provide some advise and support.
Hi Theresa - it isn't unsual to have some slight bleeding after intercourse in pregnancy. If the bleeding continues consult your midwife or doctor.
Hi Debra - sorry about the delay in replying. I've been on holidays. I expect you've had an ultrasound by now. Don't hesitate to contact your midwife or doctor if you have bleeding in pregnancy. They will be able to provide you with information and advise.
I am 7 week pergant and have light bleeding(brown with a few little clots)i when to hospital they said to go to my normall doctor they did not seem to think that it was a problem.really worried ..
Hi Tisha - unfortunately there isn't a lot that can be done when you are experiencing bleeding in pregnancy. Hopefully it will settle down and everything will continue normally. Sometimes an ultrasound is ordered to check what is happening - other than that you can only wait and see. I understand you are really worried. Contact your midwife or doctor for support and guidance.
Hi, i am also pregnant still the duration of pregnancy is not clear to me as my LMP was on 15June'11. I did HPT on 27th July n it came out to be faintly positive, visited Dr also did Blood test that also came faintly positive then did Beta HCG test which gave 122 again repeated after 3days it rose to 150 thenn Dr doubted that it could b very very weak preg so we might terminate it did ultra sound also everything was normal only she said that Uterus line seems to b thin.That day itself did BetaHCG again and it came 300+ then she told me to continue with Duphaston tablets and come after 7 days i.e. on 9th Aug, but since yesterday evening i m having slight bleeding with brownish red discharge.Called up Dr she asked if it is very heavy bleeding with pain also, so i said no, then she told me to take Duphaston tab 3times a day instead of 2 times and to come on 8thAug for that beta HCG and might b she will do scanning. What do u suggest is every thing fine with me
Hi Poonam - Bleeding can be an indication that you may miscarry (but hopefully not). You will know more today after you see your doctor.
Hello Jane, I am hoping for some info. I went to the ED last Tuesday with bleeding and stomach pains. The main reason I went was because of the pain and I thought I also had blood in my urine, so thought I had some kind of infection. They did blood tests and said I was pregnant and was either an early pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy or I was miscarrying. My Hcg level was 160. I though my LMP was 30 June, but upon leaving the ED had second thoughts (as it all became a bit of a shock). As I recall thinking when my period started it was earlier than normal (CD 21 instead of CD25/26), so I have been bleeding 25th July. I have had 3 blood tests since Tuesday. Thursday the Hcg was 320, and Friday and Saturday the levels were still increasing. I had an ultrasound yesterday and they could not see anything but suspect an ectopic pregnancy, so I have had more blood tests this morning. The bleeding has gone from being dark (last week), to pink/light tapered off (after the 1st internal ultrasound) and then gone bright red (now after the 2nd internal ultrasound). I have very little pain and the bleeding is not heavy, only really when I wipe. I guess I am just wondering if because the levels are continuing to go up and the bleeding isn't heavy or painful, is there a chance that it is just too early to see the baby on the ultrasound? The only things they have seen, is on the 1st ultrasound they saw a cyst, but said that could be a result of recently being pregnant and the ultrasound yesterday they said they could see 2 masses, but weren't sure what they were. I guess what I am wanting to know is, is there a chance that if the dates were wrong it was just too early to see anything? The Dr hasn't really said much but the ultrasound tech said he was leaning towards it being an ectopic pregnancy? If it is an ectopic pregnacy, what happens? How to they finally confirm it? It is so stressful, everyone keeps saying have this test and then wait, or if there is heavy bleeding or pain see ED, but I feel like I am so in the dark and I don't know what will happen if is is an ectopic or what to look out for?
I am 8 weeks pregnant and have noticed brown discharge, only when i go to the toilet. I have had no back pain cramps e.t.c. Ive spoken to a few people i know who have been pregnant and they have all experiaced the same thing. I had an ultrasound at 7 weeks and baby was alive and well with a strong heartbeat. Is this normal? im just freaking out a litte.
I've been bleeding for 3 weeks now. It's not my normal period and this morning I had to consult my obstetrician. She confirmed that I am pregnant and now it scares me that there could already be something wrong with the baby because of the continious bleeding. Good thing I was able to browse through this site and somehow lessen my worries. Thanks!
Sorry everyone I've been away on holidays.
Tammy I expect you have the answers to your questions now. Hannah Dahlen has written an article on ectopic pregnancy that you may find helpful.
Mel let you midwife or doctor know about the bleeding. Often the only thing you can do when there is bleeding is wait and see if the bleeding settles down
I am glad Lovella that you've found this information helpful. I hope your bleeding stops soon
I am trying to conceive and at 9 days past ovulation i had a negative pregnancy test. I started bleeding and it was enough to think it was my period coming early (i have reasonably light periods). The bleeding lasted just under three days and i then got a positive pregnancy test. It has been six days since i started bleeding and i am still getting positive pregnancy tests but the line isnt getting darker. My period was due today. Is there a chance i am pregnant or is it more likely that the pregnancy hormones are still around after a very early miscarriage?
Hi Louise - A positive pregnancy test means you are pregnant. Pregnancy hormones drop very quickly after a miscarriage. Contact your midwife or doctor for advise.
Hi I am breastfeeding my four month old and a week ago I had some brown spotting during the day and mild cramps, I went to the toilet at night and there was bright pink blood when I wiped so I put on a pad thinking my period was about to restart, the next morning there was just abit more of brown blood and that was it. During that day and the next it felt like my uterus was full and about to explode which I took as a sign my period would star and since then there has been nothing, 2 hpt and both neg the last done nearly a week ago, your thoughts please.
Hi Stacey - You could be experiencing early pregnancy (and the hormones haven't reached detectable levels) or your hormones are a bit out of wack this month. If you period doesn't occur - you could retest in one week to see. Alternatively you could go and see your midwife or doctor for advice.
Hi there. I am a bit confused myself. I was due for my period on 28th August (that's following 28days) and didn't get it. My periods are always 28 days or 1-4 days earlier. I am never ever late. Late last week I started to feel nausea in the car etc, light headed, tired, extremely thirsty for water (which was one of the first signs when I got pregnant with my son 11 years ago) and headaches. And I had absolutely no PMS at all which is highly unusual for me as I get lots of symptoms always. The feeling of nausea isn't quite so bad at the moment... I get a bit 'off' in the afternoon and a bit tired. However, today I have started bleeding. It seems very similar to my period, but not. I have pain also similar to period pain, but again not quite the same. Not enough to take panadol. I did 2 home tests earlier this week but they were negative. My husband and I don't take any precautions and I know we had intercourse on what would have been my most fertile day (if based on 28 day cycle). When I was very young I had an ectopic pregnancy. Is this another wait it out thing? Or am I probably not pregnant? Thanks.
I am 9 weeks pregnant and had a tiny bit of browny/red discharge so far today - i got my papsmear, blood tests and and ultra sound yesterday at the doctors for my first time visit...could the bleeding maybe due to that? The thought of losing this baby scares me. I know bleeding is quite common, not sure about this though??? THANK YOU!
Yes a pap smear can cause a small amount of bleeding. If your bleeding continues contact your midwife or doctor for advise.
Hi there. I am 9 weeks into my second pregnancy. I gave birth to my daughter only in February this year. I am currently on holidays in Europe and have experienced medium-light bleeding for the past two days. I have indulged in the odd taste of local produce ( namely wine and cheese - and not excessive ) and also done a lot of walking. This week I have also come down with a cold. No cramping per se - but occasional uncomfortablness which I have put down to normal travel woes. I have also been taking pregnancy multivitamins every day. Can any of this be conclusive to a miscariage? At this stage should I seek medical advice in the middle of a remote little german country village? I look forward to your response.
help me please im 6+2 and im having pinkish/brow blood stained disscharge not alot its very tiny and no pain i had a scan last weds all was there n in right place but to small to see much so im going bk this friday i had this bleeding with my 2nd born and all the way though but im so so scared and upset i lost my 1st born son (stillbirth) at 25w+5d i cant lose anouther baby im scared there will be no heart beat on friday or that i will lose this baby i just want my dream and it keeps being snached from me althou ive a buitful daughter now im so scared :(
Hi Amber - I am sorry but I have not been able to answer questions for the last week due to excessive workload. The bleeding you described can be a sign that you may miscarry or it may pass without incident. I hope that the bleeding has settled down now for you. If it has continued see a midwife or doctor for advise.
Hi Nikki - I am so sorry you had such an awful outcome last pregnancy. From a health prospective - make sure you are eating a well balanced diet, taking vitamins and minerals (speak to your midwife, doctor or naturopath about which supplements are appropriate for you), lots of water and rest. I will cross my fingers that this pregnancy continues normally for you. I hope the scan you had on Friday was normal.
Hi Doc, I am 33, I think I am pregnant, my last period was on Sept 1st, and the conceived day was on Sept 17th. I started to feel the pregnantcy symptom from Sept 21th to today. I take a pregnantcy home test but was negative and did that again on Sept 28th but still negative. on Sept 28th I started bleeding, does this mean I am not pregnant? does this mean my next period is arriving? or I am loosing my pregnantcy? I talked to a doctor around my area they said I was not pregnant but just the sign of tireness! but I find this hard to except as the symptom I have was since 21th Sept and not normal as tireness. Please doctor help to reply my doudt.
Hi ngsm - I am a midwife not a doctor. Typically pregnancy symptoms do not happen until four weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period. However women do experience pregnancy differently. If you have any further pregnancy symptoms or if your tiredness continues see your midwife or doctor.
Hi Jane, I was confirmed in very early pregnancy (about 4 weeks ish)by blood test back on the 19th Sept but started bleeding bright red blood the night of the 20th which bled relatively heavily (still bright red) for about 3 days and then tapered off to light browny/pink spotting for a couple of days. There were no clots, it was all fresh, watery red blood. I assumed it was a miscarriage as I also lost all my pregnancy symptoms - aside from the extreme tiredness. I never got tested or looked at since it was so early, I just assumed that much bleeding automatically meant early miscarriage. Do you think there is any chance I could still be pregnant given there were no clots? Or not likely? Thanks so much!
Hi Mel - if you were still pregnant you would expect to have some pregnancy symptoms eg. sore breasts, nausea etc. While it is quite unlikely that you are still pregnant - it is still possible. If you were unsure you could do a home pregnancy test to find out.
Hi i have had a week of old blood when i wipe...Went to Drs on Thursday and she said that i had alot of old blood coming from my cervix...So Friday i went to my other Drs and he said since there was no pain all is ok but since then i have now got red bleeding still when i wipe and it seems to be getting a little worse....Still no pains and still have sore boobs and thats it but i dont get anything else...has anyone else had this happen
I am 9 weeks pregnant and noticed today after going to the toilet that I had a bit of mucous discharge with a very light tinge of pink. I have had wind pains but no other problems. Should I be worried or is that common? I had an ultrasound around two weeks ago to date the pregnancy as I have polycystic ovarys and all was good heart was strong.
Hi Donna - let your midwife or doctor know if you've had ongoing pink vaginal loss. It is reassuring that you've had an ultrasound and seen the baby.
I'm almost 4 weeks - my next period was due on the 21st - 3 days ago I had very pink light spotting then the next day it was slightly heavier but still pink, now it's bright red and heavier. Not heavy as a period but it's concerning, there's also a clear mucous. I'm so worried and scared. Can anyone please tell me if this is okay? My doctor's appointment is in 4 days but I just need some advice right now!!
I'm 5 weeks and 4 days pregnant, I started to bleed red blood and a few clots 2 days ago. The Dr has taken my blood, the hcg level is 30, the Dr had hoped for higher but said she cannot confirm anything until we get the results of the next blood test to see if the hormones have doubled. Please can someone reassure me that there is still hope?
Hi Melissa - I am sorry but I am away from my computer frequently seeing clients. Bleeding in early pregnancy is common and many women go onto having a normal pregnancy. If your bleeding increases contact your doctor for advise.
Hi Jenna - Hormone levels need to be done in a series - so if the results show an increase in hcg levels it will be reassuring. Unfortunately it is a waiting game. I hope that everything turns out well for you.
Hi, I had unprotected sex on 9/10/2011 which was ovulation day and since then I am having all pregnancy symptoms but my home test turned negative on 22/10/2011 and I am having light bleeding from today (24/10/2011) along with all symptoms. I am really confused whether I am pregnant or not. my doc appointment is next week. if someone can help please..
Hi Jane, I have lost 3 pregnancies and am very in tune with my body now and pregnancy symptoms. I have the strong feeling I am pregnant. my period is due on the 31st of this month but I have had bleeding which started brown and then turned red. Not sure if this is break through bleeding or the start of an early period. I have very heavy, sore and swollen breats and very tired and feel a little sick. Which I never get before or during my period. Just concerned it could even be an ectopic pregnancy? what would be the next best step.
Hi :) my period is around 3 weeks late now but I have been on a two week course of antibiotics, however, 5 days ago I noticed light pink then brown spotting. I usually get very heavy periods that are painful so this was completely different for me (also this only lasted for 3 days instead of the usual 6)... Is it likely antibiotics could affect this and would it be too soon to take a pregnancy test? Lately I have been extremely fatigued yet unable to sleep and now I am experiencing mild nausea - any advice would be appreciated thankyou :)
Hi Pal - Sorry about the delay in responding. I imagine you've seen your doctor by now. If you think you are pregnant and a test is negative. You can repeat the test in about 7 days (sometimes it takes a while for the pregnancy hormone to be picked up in a pregnancy test).
Hi Belle - We have an article on this site about ectopic pregnancy. The main sign of ectopic pregnancy is pain. If you are concerned about your bleeding speak to your midwife or doctor.
Hi Kat - Illness can cause changes in your menstrual cycle. If you think you may be pregnant home pregnancy tests can have a positive result from when your period is due.
I am 12 weeks pregnant and had a bleed 2 days ago, which has stopped. I sought medical advice straight away, and have a follow-up appointment and ultrasound in another 2 days. I have been advised to rest, but I have an 18 month old who obviously requires constant care. I was wondering if it was safe for me to pick him up, or should my partner stay home for a few extra days to help out until we know the outcome of the ultrasound and test results?
we have been ttc and stopped using bc pills for 6months now. i gave up using the ovulation tests. i started my period on time this month but it has been 5days now and only light bleeding and no period stuff. should i take a pregancy test or is it too soon or may it just be an off period. i thought periods shed egg and lining??
Is doing a urine test while u bleed affect the result in anyway...no matter how much or little u bleed!!!..when the best time after u bleed to test again..thanks
i should be 8w plus pregnant but two days ago, had some bleeding- dark brown clot but no cramping. im sure of my LMP (27/8/2011) and ovulation date (17/9/2011) my hpt tested positive on 5/10/2011. immediately after the bleeding, i had 3 ultrasounds, 2 pelvic exam, and the sac is good, no sign of collapsing but it only measures 5w5d. repeat ultrasound is scheduled in two weeks time. im not exactly worried abt the bleeding but accompanied with the slow growth- im very very concern. any advice?
hi I'm pregant and I had some heavy dark red sorta like a period without gushing out only when I go to the bathroom. I do not know how far I am I'm trying to find a doc..i just moved to another state so I'm really worried. I do experice back pain but I have a bad back I dk what's goin on please help ty
Hi Jane, my partner and i have been trying to start a family for quite some time now and i realy thought i was pregnant up untill today i realised a browny coloured discharge/ mucus then turned redish towards the end of the day with cramping.... i was getting all the signs of pregnancy sore boobs,tierdness, heartburn, going to the toilet alot more, cravings ect.i was only 3 days late but i took a home pregnacy test was negative.. is it possable to be pregnant even though im bleeding or is it just wishful thinking?
Hi, I am 5 weeks pregnant and I was told i was having a threatened misscarriage I have a healthy 5 year old son and this is my second pregnancy. I bled alot of clots and for only 2 days it went brown. I go into docs tomorrow my hcg level was 27 on oct 27 then on the 30 it was 82 but on the 4th it was 71.9 is that bad????
Dear jane, iam 7 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child I have had two miscarriages in the past and for the last week I have been having some brown discharge and some slight cramping so I weng to the ED on sunday and they checked to see what was going on and they told me that the cervix is closed and that my hcg levels have all gone up from 409 to 9600 which is good so they asked me to get a scan done to make sure it wasnt an etopic pregnancy I had the scan done on monday and they found the sac and the baby it has a heart beat off 120bpm which iam really happy about but I still jave been having brown discharge and cramping is this normal? Could I end up loosing the baby?
Hi Everyone - it is very difficult for me to keep up with the volume of questions (I do my best).
Sara - when experiencing bleeding in pregnancy it is important not to over exert yourself. Try to minimise lifting of your toddler where ever possible.
Tasha - sometimes a period can occur and isn't like a usual period or alternatively light bleeding can occur around the time a period is due when a women is pregnant (so it can be difficult to tell). If you feel it is possible you are pregnant - you can take a home pregnancy test.
PM home pregnancy tests are testing for pregnancy hormones. If you have some bleeding (as far as I know) it shouldn't effect the test.
Lea - unfortunately all you can do is wait and see how the pregnancy progresses. I hope everything turns out well for you.
Tara - I hope you were able seek medical advise.
Chloe - if your symptoms persist it is possible to be pregnant with some bleeding. If you still think it is possible you are pregnant test one week after the last test.
Ashlee - the pregnancy hormone they are testing for in your blood should rise. It is concerning that it is going down. Unfortunately you will have to wait to see what happens. I hope everything turns out well for you.
Rohanda - It is really reassuring that the ultrasound has detected the baby's heart beat. This is a good sign that the pregnancy will continue (though it is not a guarantee). Brown blood loss is old blood - so hopefully it will stop of its own accord. If you have bright red blood loss contact your midwife or doctor.
Dear Jane, i'am 25 weeks pregnant. My last ultrasound scan was during my 22 weeks of pregnancy and scan reports told everything is normal, my baby is well developing and my cervical length is 2.7 so doc advised me to be little under care. From last couple of days i'am noticing red brown spotting. I'am really worried. I have no pains in abdomen or back. Should i ignore the spotting or should i contact my doc immediately?
Hi Shilpa - yes please contact your doctor or hospital right now. Bleeding in the second trimester needs to be investigated (even without pain).
I have heavy red bleeding and an hcg of 19 two days ago i am approx. 5 weeks pregnant. I have not passed any clots or tissue. Today the bleeding has been extremely less. I only had it when i wiped. i could wear a pad all day and night and only have a little blood. Can this be inplantation bleeding and do you think i still have my baby? I have had two pregnancies that resulted in two healthy babies.
Hello, I'm not sure if i am pregnant or not. I don't get my periods at all as i have found out that i have poc, which means it's hard to know when i am ovulating extra, although with knowing this i have had 1 child 3 years ago, i did start taking depo after i had my child then i stopped as every time i went to the doctors i forgot about it. I have been having casual sex since my daughter sometimes he pulls out on time and just reasently I don't know what you call it it's not a period just a little bleed for just 1 day and only once, i took a pregancy test 2 days later and it come back as a negative result i haven't made a appointment yet to see my doctor i just wanted to find out if i could be pregnant or is it something else
Hi, i had a lot of bleedin around the 5 week mark i had a scan and baby looked ok. Bleedin turned to bright red and its settled now. However i have brown discharge still and my last scan was last week and baby was ok i am 10 weeks today they said they saw a bleed on the scan but not to worry as its small. Im worried as i still have the discharge should i go back?
hi dr. i had late ovulation around 22 cd and i stared spotting on 25 cd. today is 2 days late od my period due date but the spotting still continues without any cramp but sometimes during evening i feel heaviness in abdomen there is breast heaviness n it is now increasing..i havnt gone for hpt test..plz suggest me. thanks
Hi, I had a misscarige in may and now I'm 2-3 weeks pregnant, on Thursday night I had started bleeding it was just enough to see when I whipped, it keeps going away ana coming back, today I woke up and it was gone , is this normal ?
Hi Nichell - it is reassuring that your bleeding has stopped. However at 5 weeks you may not see any tissue passed. You will need to see your midwife or doctor for advise.
Hi Linda - if you think you are pregnant. You can do another pregnancy test 5 to 7 days after the last test. Alternatively you can see an midwife or doctor.
Hi Natalie - If the bleeding you are experiencing is brown it suggests the blood is old (as opposed to fresh bleeding which is much more of a concern). Sometimes it takes a little while for the brown discharge to stop. If the bleeding turns red or is associated with cramping contact your midwife or doctor.
Hi Cheryl - The easiest way to find out what is going on is by doing a home pregnancy test.
Hi Joe - the bleeding you experienced could be what is known as "implantation bleeding". If you have any further loss contact your midwife or doctor for advise.
Hi, I took a hpt yesterday that had a faint line the same day i started bleeding its not heavy or light its just in between with a tiny bit of long stringy blood i wouldnt say a clot I have no pain but my breast are no longer sore and i feel bloated or swollen on my stomach, I have had 2 misscarriages years ago and remember being in alot of pain so im confused as to what this could b...
Hi Lisa - The bleeding could be implantation bleeding (which is common and will stop quickly) or a sign that the pregnancy will not continue. Unfortunately you will just have to wait and see what happens. I hope everything continues normally for you.
Hi Jane, My wife is seven weeks plus few days pregnant. She started experiencing blood discharge after like four weeks. We went to the Doc and was prescribed of oral drugs. This stopped the blood stuff but the discharge- yellowish substance on her pads- which continued the whole period she has been taking the drugs. It was until recently that she experienced a dark-brownish discharge. We are so scared of this new development. She is visiting the Gaenocologist today, but please help us understand what is happening. Are drugs the cause ? We avoided sex after this new discharge coming which is some 24 hours now! Please advise. Thanks Khisa
Hi Khisa - Bleeding can occur in early pregnancy. Sometimes a cause is found, other times a cause isn't found. Hopefully the doctors visit today will help you get some answers.
Hi, im irregular early this year, but my menstruation were back again on track for 30 days cycle for about 4 months.. Im regular ds past few months. My last period was oct 29 2011, I've done 3 home pregnancy test for 3 diferent date, 12/2-12/4, and came out all positive, and went to the hospital for urinalysis 12/5 and came out postive, andthey ask me to have a blood test, i came back the following day, and they did urinalysis again because they need it the same day with the blood test, and came out positive again.. Last night when i went to the bathroom when i wipe it out when i pee, i notice a whitish brown like discharge.. What is it or is it normal? My doctors appt will be on 12/13.
Hi, I may be 10 weeks pregnant and wondering if bleeding brownish blood around the time of periods would happen, is normal?
My last bleeding was 2 days earlier than expected and lasted 2 days only with red blood and it felt like it flowed out quickly. Had no cramps or clots. This time again it is brownish and have mild cramps and 3 days late, with sharp back pains and no clots.
I have experienced pregnancy symptoms for the last ten to twelve weeks such as fatigue, herrmoids, headaches, Nausea and sore breasts and did not realise they were symptoms until now.
My mother did not find out that she was pregnant with me until she was 12 weeks because of what she thought were Periods. I have not tested because bleeding started and I am waiting till it finishes to test.
hello, im a 5 weeks pregnant,with vaginal bleeding for a week,from light to heavy menstruation like bleh bleeding associated with blood clots, i had mu ultrasound last week and showed twin pregnancy,im worried bcoz after the ultrasound a large blood clot discharge came out,at this moment the bleeding subside..is it possible that it is a miscarriage already?thankyou so much!
I had a miscarriage 5 weeks ago, I had a period about 2 week. But I've been spotting the last 4 days. I have had unprotected sex. I had no idea wats goin on please help
i found out i was pregnant a week ago and this afternoon, i had slight cramps in my lower abdo. i went down for a nap and woke up with bright red blood in my knickers (sorry for tmi). i have 2 healthy children and miscarried my 3rd pregnancy in january this year. i am also diabetic (type 1). is there any hope for me this time around? how would i know if things are ok? because im only 4 and a half weeks so nothing could be seen from an ultrasound.....
Hi I'm 6w 4d pregnant and 1 week 3 days ago i started spotting very light brown blood it carried on until the tuesday when it got dark thick & red,i had a scan on the Friday which showed a normal healthy baby,heartbeat seen :) i was told to expect some bleeding in the week ahead but it is now tuesday and the blood has got quite heavy abd dark red with a few tiny stringy bloodclots but today the blood is more watery & a light red with jelly looking clots (only small) I'm just wandering that if this is a miscaraige,can it happen throughout this long amount of time?? I've also had mild cramps but they only happen for 5/10 mins and my symptoms are strong,sore boobs,sore nipples,feeling sick and tiredness
Hi, I'm about 3 weeks pregnant and I have started bleeding red this morning. I was due for my period on 12th Dec but just had one small clot. Did a test on Wed and was positive. My last period started 12th November and I actually took a morning after pill just after 48 hrs on the Sunday. I'm happy I am Pregnant but worried today about this ongoing bleeding and if I am miscarrying.;(
I am almost 5weeks+3days pregant now but i ve done my pregnacy test at home twice (1st before going to the hospital and the other test was after i got the Test report from the hospital stating positive)and it is still showing negative so i visited a hospital which shows a positive result but i woke up this morning and was bleeding with lower abdominal pain and severe Cramp, visited the hospital and was asked to do a scan and after which was advised to do another pregancy test but this time with Blood... i ll get the result tomorrow. I want to know is this normal? especially with these pains??? Thanks awaiting ur response
Hello, My period was expected december 7 and I had unprotected sex the week prior. My period never came and it's 2 weeks late now. I took multiple preg tests and all were negative. Yesterday there was one bright red blood spot with mucus and then it was gone again and it was very minimal. What do you think is happening and should I be concerned? I have a higher stress work environment but I've never been this late before with stress.
Hi I found out I was prego on dec1st took a home pregency test and sure enough it confirmed it , went to my obgyn on the 6th he took my blood work and sure enough th next day it was confirmed we are preganat . Shortly a few days later my husband & I had intercourse and just one tiny pinkish blood spot was on our bed sheets . All day I felt fine just a little nausea but come night time and I would get server back pain and cramps , felt like my period . Finally on Dec 17 th we had intercourse and saw a ill pinkish blood again but this time it had a really bad smell to it , I kinda freaked out and so did he but it was just a little spot but it smelled really awful. Next morning I woke up and felt blood in between my legs ran to the bathroom & gushes of blood and 2 huge blood clogs came out . I freaked out we rushed to the ER . Where they did th escape and pap and ultra sound , sure enough he did my cervix is still closed the baby is still inside me but they could not detect a heart beat . /they informed me I will be having a miscarriage in the next few days. That night we came home no more signs of blood no spotting nothing I just had major cramps and back pain finally fall asleep . The next morning I woke up to blood once again an entire toilet of red blood and lots of blood clogs but no fetus no sac nothing . They bleeding just gushed out of me and then nothing all day just a little spot here and there on my pad . Tuesday's morning which is today. I woke up fearing seeing blood once again and I didn't have a drop of blood nothing cramping and back pain once again . I have an apt with my obgyn on thur. And I'm concerned don't know what to think the baby hasn't passed and I read a lot on vagi ultra sounds sometime s can not detect the heart beat for the first 10 to 12 weeks . But with the bleeding cramps and back ache I am hopefully but haven't lost my faith that things might turn around. Please let me know if anyone has Beverly expericed what I have been going through . My hubby and I have been trying for a yr and we were so happy to find out the great news only to have to wonder when will the bby pass if I have bleed so much ...
Hi jane. I am about 4 weeks pregnant. For the past three days I have been having light bleeding. The first day was just pinkish and only when I wiped but the last two days (including today) it has been heavier. Not as heavy as my period but it's a little scary. It's not enough to change a panty liner but it's a bit red just looks watered down. My doctor said not to worry or let myself get stressed out. she told me to drink water and take it easy and call her if it gets heavier. but I'm still a bit nervous. Reading online if it's red it could be a threatened miscarriage .
I am 7w2d by u/s dating, according to LMP I'm a week ahead of where u/s put me, but the tech told me to go by u/s dating.
Anyway I'm here because this afternoon I've had brown discharge for the first time ever during a preg. This is my second preg -the first was a mmc at 8w2d, so Im very nervous this time round. I had a very active, stressful day at work, lifting heavy items and on my feet all day. I also am exposed t anaesthetic gases at work and we had a accidental leak in our set up today. I'm hoping I just over did it physically today and bub will be ok, but I'm looking for advice
Hi Jane, I'm TTC for 3 yrs and my period has been late for 5 days. I have most pregnancy symptom, such as sore breast, nauseau, diarrhae or sometimes constipated, On the day I should have my period, I had light brownish discharge, very few, for 2 days. The 3rd day it was clear. On 4th day (yesterday) I had few light brownish discharge again, until today I have slighly darker brown discharge followed by heavy stomach cramp. On afternoon when I went to toilet, I passed blood clot in size approx. 5cm diameter (sorry if tmi) This morning I tested with hpt and it was negative and I never experienced period cramp before nor spotting before period. Am I having m/c ? I will visit my doctor tomorrow, but can't stop worrying. Thank you.
Hi I am 7w3d pregnant. I started spotting (bright red) 8 days ago and they gave me an early scan 5 days ago. The baby was there and it's heart was seen to be beating but they said I was 6w5d pregnant (I thought by the dates I was a week on from that and I know when I ovulated so I think I was accurate). Anyway I have been spotting (sometimes light bleeding) most mornings since. It is always red. I have slight cramps and lower pack pain - nothing too painful. I am worried that as the baby measured smeller than I expected that that would be a bad sign. This is my 4th pregnancy (I had and IVF for 1st, m/c 2nd natural, and had a successful 3rd natural pregnancy. This one is also a natural pregnancy. I had a small bleed with my 3rd pregnancy but just for 1 day. I am still being sick about 7-8 times a day so I am hoping that's a good sign but also know that the hormone can remain for a while after m/c. Any thoughts or advice would be really appreciated - I can't help but suspect the worst but keep praying that as a full on bleed isn't happening yet that I might be really lucky. I am prepared for bad news so if it sounds bad please tell me!
Hi Jane, Last week I experienced very light spotting for about 3 days (all gone now!). We went to the hospital where they performed an ultrasound. I thought I was 6w+5 however the yolk sac was measuring 5w+4 (no heart beat found, too small but sac looked a good shape?). On Saturday HCG was 5776 and yesterday (Wed) was measuring 7304. Normal or not looking good?
Hi Jane Im just seeking a little bit of advise! I ovulated 9 days ago, we had intercourse on day 1 & 2 of ovulation then again on day 5, the following morning i woke up to brown spotting, by the next day it was red and has been like that for 2 days its not heavy but definitely there there has been no clotting just clean bright red blood, i would normally be due for my period around the 17th I usually have a very regular 28 day cycle! Is this to much for implantation bleeding and have i just had a very early miscarriage? Or do I stop stressing and wait and see what happens when my period would normally be due, Sorry just a little confused as I have 2 little girls with 2 very simple pregnancies.... feeling a bit like i'v never done this before. Thanks
Hi Jane! I'm not sure if you can help me or not but Im just after a little bit of information or advise! I started my last period on the 18th Dec, I would have ovulated around the 31st of december through to about the 3rd of this month! My husband and I had sex on the 31st & 1st then 5 days later on friday 6th I started bleeding buy the saturday it was quite bright red and I'm still bleeding today on the 9th, its not very heavy but definitely there, and there hasn't been any clots. My period has always been a regular 28 day cycle and when I do usually get my period its normally really really heavy for 2 days and then gone, so im just a little unsure what this may be, would you have any ideas?
hi Jane, I am supposed to be 10 weeks pregnant and I already had that implantation bleeding a while ago and it lasted one day. but now I had intercourse with my husband 3 days ago then after that I had some black/dark brown spotting wiped with tissue than last night it became more red than today but not real heavy flow about medium flow and wear a pad with little bit of clotting sometimes but I also have mild cramping off and of throughout the day. I have been resting and off my feet more than usual and trying to drink more water. Is this normal? should I be concerned? I have been pregnant before and this has never happened to me in a pregnancy. please let me know. Thank you.
hi i had a misscarriage oct 2010 im currently between 6-7 weeks pregs i started bleeding yesterday but its on and off its like i small gush n then diappears i have no cramps just minor period like pains whats the chances off me having another misscarriage thank you
Hi, I think I am about 6 and 1/2 weeks prego with my 4th child. I am not sure how prego I am my periods are a little off. i believe my period stared the first few days of dec 2011. I am also around a day 18 ovulator. I have always spoted with each preg. my first 2 were natural del and were only 4 hours start to finish. I had one misscarage and then got prego with my 3rd child 2 months later bled again and had sever lower back ache the whole time. had to be induced i hemoraged durring delivery and then smelled like a balloon and had high blood pressure a few days later. went back to dr with shortness of breath he said I was hyperventolating. i said i don't think so and went to the er. Had a pulminary embolism. say blood dr said no coditions and could have another child. my youngest is now 5 and we are prego again. had an ultrasound since durring a pelvic me cervix let out a little blood when poked. new nurse freeked out and ordered a u/s stat. Now I am freeking out. I had an old kind dr.for the u/s he is retiring in a few monthes. He didn't even know how to turn on the machine had to ask nurse. he said i should be 7 weeks prego. I don't think so i always ovuate late. once he got the machine on he said everything looked ok. he wanted to see a reason for the bleeding and was dis he could not. said looked like a very early preg. He also said he could not see a heart beat.dr never measured baby. last time there was no heart beat i miscarried. this time I have lots of discarcharge. a little with pink only bled a week before period. back hurts at night and have had sharp panes at the begining. those are now gone. now i just feel bloated and a little uncomfort not cramp. I have a lot of gas.sorry and when i relieve that the uncomfort is gone. the ultrasound was on Jan19 today is jan 21 and had red blood on toilet paper after a bowl movment. No cramping and went away and now only had slight red in discharge like before. I am bleeding the least with this baby. my husband is convinced this is another miscarge. what do you think!!
Ms. Jane. I am in between my 7th to 8th week of pregnancy. I had IVF but I have been having problems. I have been having brown spotting the majority of which is in the morning (it looks as if it has pooled overnight) for the past 3 weeks. I have had several ultrasounds (first doctor said there was no baby (5wks external u/s), second one said there was a baby but no h/b (5wks 2 days transvaginal u/s), third said that there was no h/b but found one the previous time (husband argued.. really no point)(6 wks transvaginal u/s). I then decided to have 3 HCG tests (on my own) and have seen that the numbers have consecutively dropped (24000, 17000, 12000 (last being yesterday). I do not have any cramping though my symptoms have abated a bit (breasts swollen and sore one day and then not so much the next and then back again, not using the restroom as much).I cannot find any information that is in keeping with what is going on in my body. If this IS a miscarriage when will I have it.. do the numbers need to drop to a certain point? Is it possible that I will not miscarry naturally? Is it possible that I still have a viable pregnancy? As I am in what is considered a third world country I don't have much faith their medical system. Any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Hello Jane. I am 12 weeks pregnant and earlier this week I suddenly had small gushes of blood that seemed to be fluid-like (My husband and I had intercourse a day earlier.) I immediately panicked and went straight into the doctor where he did an ultrasound and found everything to be perfectly normal (strong heart beat, movement and perfect size for gestational age.) Afterwards the bleeding stopped but since then it's come back every now and then and I feel very sore in my cervix area. I don't have any cramping at all, just general soreness inside. Could I have an infection or could this mean trouble for my pregnancy later on? Any advice would help! Thank you!
Hi jane. I had my last period 25th dec And had a positive home preg test on 25th january. On the 27th i had a bad cramp which lasted til the evening. I passed probably 50 mls of fresh blood wth 2 small clots. Now im still having on and off cramps and now having brown discharges.
Hi for th last 3 days I had brown discharge that got quiet darkand that lasted for 3 days then 2 days after that I have light red bleeding. I am bloated and my tummy is getting bigger and harder and my breasts have got bigger and heavier as well. My period still isn't due for a week I feel like I'm pregnant as I feel sick all th time and don't have much of an appitite Can u plz help me I'm confused I hope I am but don't want to get my hopes up
Hi Jane, i was pregnant last year and had a early preterm labor at 22 weeks, she did not survive. Now, my doctor said i had a weak cervix so next pregnancy hell have to do a cerclage in between 12-14 weeks( high risk). Well this year i found out im pregnant again had my last period on dec 29, but ive been spotting since jan 11-feb02 my bleeding color varies from pink/ brown/ red.. he took somr blood work and said my hcg is at 55(as of feb02) and has me on prometrium 200 mg due to progesterone is low.am i suppose to bleed this long?
i am five weeks pregnant,i had back and cramps, later i started seeing brown spotting ,then red ,then brown again.the doctor prescribed DUPHASTON 10 mg twice daily,my question is that usually miscarriage happens when there is an abnormal baby ,so does DUPHASTON prevent loosing abnormal babies.i am afraid that i am taking this medicine and forcing a weak ,abnormal baby to grow.thanx in advance
Hi Everyone - due to a huge workload I am no longer able to answer your questions personally. This is something I am not happy about but I have to be realistic about what I can achieve. PBB website now has a wonderful online community where health professionals and others are available to answer your questions. For any questions about bleeding in pregnancy please go to bleeding in pregnancy forum
Hi, I had unprotected sex about 8 days ago. I started having strange dreams everynight, I've been bloated and very gassy! I just knew i was pregnant But today I have experienced bleeding days before my period is supposed to start and about a hour ago bright kind of darkish red stringy blood came out of me, I'm scared and worried that I could of miscarried, how would I know? Is it possible that I just did?
I have a little bleeding during d time I am to see my period, but did blood test and was positive.the bleeding came with back pail. Pls advice me
I have a little bleeding during d time I am to see my period, but did blood test and was positive.the bleeding came with back pail. Pls advice me
I just found out i'm 2 weeks pregnant having 2 miscarriages , I've had really light bleeding But no pain am I experiencing another miscarriey ?
Hi jane, I had my miscarriage last year in september due to imbibed ovum and heavy bleeding.I got pregnant again this year and went on bedrest.(Though I moved around the house very little).today. While in shower I suddenly started bleeeding.I saw blood coming down with water and went straight to bed.noe I am not bleeding heavily..blood is there only when I wipe after toilet.I am on complete bedrest.I could listen to my baby's heartbeat in the seventh week.will my baby be fine.please help.there is no cramping as of now
Hi am 24 yrs old ive not got my menstruation since last months may n june i had done urine test it was positive. I was ill last week i had drank some medcines now am bleeding everyday little by little inspite i had re done the urine test my pregnancy is positive. am very afraid if i had lost my baby. some brown n light redblood coming out my vagina little by little.
i am 36yrs. i saw my period last on the 26th of July. i did my IVF on the 14th of August, 2012 and 18 eggs was retrieved and three fertilized eggs graded A with eight cells was transferred into my utreus on the 17th of August. on the 25th of August i started spoting dark brown blood and the third day it was heavy with cloting and stop that same third day and the 4th day spoting very small, light. could this be implantation bleeding or monthly period.pls help me with your answers. am yet to do my pregnancy test.
Hi, I am currently about 5-6wks along. I just recently had a miscarriage the end of June and found out I was pregnant in August without ever getting my period in between. I went to the ER a couple days ago for light bleeding and was told by the doc that i was either having another m/c or it was an eptopic because my HCG had went from 4400 to 5900 in 5 days. The u/s showed a sack in my uterus but that was all. The bleeding stopped the same day but when I wipe there is very tiny fragments of what i think might be tissue or old blood. Im not really sure. Its a holiday weekend so I wont be able to see my doc till at least tue or wed. I was just wondering if because my levels didnt double or becuase of this tissue stuff if that means a m/c is more than likely. I am trying to not stress but its hard. Just wondering if anyone has had anything like this happen and still had a viable pregnancy. Thank you all for your time.
Hi I am almost six weeks pregnant and for the past 24hrs having been bleeding it starting light and now seems like my normal period but I have no pain at all I have to go back to the doctors today to check my levels could I be losing this much wanted baby??
I am 8weeks pregnant as per the lmp and 7 weeks as per us. I have had two miscarriages before where i miscarried before 8th week after heavy bleeding. I have been having v v slight erratic spotting brown in colour since the begining. It doesnt even show on my panty only as a slight brownish tinge when i wipe and that too once in a week. Yesterday when i had spotting i went to get an ultrasound done and doctor told me that baby is fine and has a heart rate of 136 bpm and there is no internal bleeding or collection of blood and most likely this is old blodd. But because of my past history iam still worried. I feel most of my symptoms are there but have started tapering off now. Please tell me if you think there is any reason to worry. Thanks
so the past month or so me and my partner have been having unprotected sex. i have graves disease, and i've not yet had kids. for over a week i've had some brownish disharge and then sometimes its more red and there's more of it. I've had diarrhea for the past 4 days, i keep farting, burping, i've had heart burn. i haven't thrown up, but i've felt bloated and have had slight cramping. I usually have clear skin but i've started breaking out in pimples. i've been urinating frequently, and have been quite tired. I've also had tender breasts. But I Took a home pregnancy test today and it came back negative, could i still be pregnant ?
Hi I would like to know what you opinion is of my symptoms. If I am pregnant I would only be 2-3 week ... It started as some like pink spotting no pain or cramps in abdamon, sore breasts darker nipples, more tired then usual and eating a lot more also more frequent urination, it has turned into light red spotting and cramping over my stomach (like someone is in there and is pushing it out, trying to stretch it) I have slight pain on my right side one time that lasted about 3 min but haven't had it again, I did three tests all negative ?
Please reply ASAP Thank you
Hi, i was wondering what could be the reason if i have had an ultrasound at 6weeks with a strong heartbeat and then had one spot of blood at 11weeks and had an ultrasound the next day and the baby was moving and somersaulting and had a strong heart beat again. Today im 12.1 weeks along and i have had a little bit of brown discharge. I have my NT scan booked and its only 3 days away but im still worried something has happened. Should i be concerned?
I'm 8 weeks pregnant yesterday after playing volleyball I started bleeding at around 2pm and throughout the night. this morning when I used the restroom, I noticed brown discharge and brown clots. I've in bed since then.
So I am 6 weeks along and have had brown discharge for two weeks. I was told if its brown not to worry. Yesterday it was bright red ( only when I wipe) no previous intercourse and no cramping. I went to emerg ( even though I have an appt today) and the dr had the results of my us from last week. She said the ultrasound showed I was 5w2d and couldn't find a heartbeat. They took blood and said they would take it again on wednesday and that I was probably miscarrying. I was told to come back if the bleeding got heavy. Well, the bleeding doesn't require a pad, is only when I wipe, but is bright red. Still no cramps. Am I miscarrying?
I have just weaned off Warfarin and have noticed brown discharge about the time AF was due. It later turned pinkish in colour. I do not have typical pms symptoms and no cramps at all. My stomach has been growling (loudly) quite a bit! I checked everything "down there" and noticed my cervix feeling quite soft and open. I also feel a bit nauseas and when I put my hand on my bloated tummy, I can feel my pulse. Weird??? We have been ttc now for 4 months - could this be my month?
Hey there, Okay so as most I'm very worried! I last had my period on the 27 nov, I then had unprotected sex right up until the 9th of December, then on the morning of the 9th I was bleeding after sex. The day before I felt bloated, when I went to the toilet after gaving sexiness noticed that the blood was looked like watery? (And not urine) then it stayed a light period for almost 5 days it was very light I could put a pad on leave it got a day and there might have been a table spoon? My blood has then turned into brown discharge like blood then stopped but the bloating is still there and a sore back as well. I know that on the 9th that's when I would have been ovulating so I'm not due for my period until another week… preg test says no, I say it's to early and my hcg hasn't dropped yet.
An answer would be super awesome!
Hi, I had a pregnancy test yesterday and got a result as weekly positive. Later today morning i got my periods, but I culd experience a heavy lower backache with abnormal constipution which i never experienced before. Please help me whether its a normal period cycle or indicating any other issue.
Hello. I'm hoping you can help. My LMP was Nov 23. I have normal 28 day cycles, and sometimes sooner. I am 20 days late for my cycle, however, I got this sharp pain in my left side then have had bright red blood. I'm very concerned, because I'm unsure if I could be pregnant or not. I have take 3 HPT and 2/3 of them came out negative and one did not work properly. The last one was taken over a week ago. I did discuss this with my doctor yesterday, as I had another appointment for something else, and he felt it was unnecessary to perform a blood test. I'm just really confused. Thank you for your help.
Hi. I'm really confused. My last period was on the 23.12.12. Then on the 13.1.13 I had a feeling I might of been pregnant so I done a test it come back negative. I then started to bleed heavy on the 14.1.13on the 3rd day of bleeding my breasts were really sore I feelt sick and have been having really bad headaches. So I decided to do a test it come back with a faint positive. The next day I done another one and it was still positive my bleeding has now slowed down and I have pink brown spotting. With my other 3 children I never had bleeding. Am I still pregnant or is it a mc.
Hello, so two days ago I had found out I was pregnant I was so happy then today I went to get my blood test results to confirm them, which they did then I noticed I was bleeding like a light/normal period with cramps ... I'm meant to be 4 weeks 5 days! Also my hcg levels were really low like 5, I'm actually really scared
I hope you can help me. I am 36 weeks pregnant and I experienced some light bloody discharge lasting 3 days. It was also accompanied by a night of contractions between 9pm-6am and then the contractions suddenly stopped.
I am surprised that my bleeding has stopped. Does this mean my bloody discharge wasn't a show? My membranes haven't ruptured and I haven't had further bad contractions. I am GBS -
Hi, My wife is 7 week pregnant and still face some vaginal bleeding. We consulted doctor and she prescribed her to take bed rest and baby is in normal developing stage. And also suggested to not to travel till next 3 months. We are very much worried of our child. please suggest
What should I do or say if I have string mucus with little blood down toilet after urinating I am worried and am only a 6weeks pregnant please answer asap please ? Xx
I had a missed abortion 8 months ago and now am about 7 weeks pregnant. my doctor prescribed Duphaston 10mg and i have taken it for 17days now. 4 days ago i noticed a brownish discharge when i wipe after i pee and it is still there upto now. am also crampy on and off. is this side effect of duphaston? coz i have read that one has vaginal bleeding when taking it?? am really scared of going through another miscarriage.please help.
Hi, Me and my husband used condoms during sex but from last two months we are not using condoms as we are trying to conceive and after that I have my periods irregular . I normally have my periods on 29th of the month but last month it came up on 24th(not normal flow as less bleeding,and thick brownish,lasts for 6 days), thought of periods only but this month it came up on 14th only with the same less bleeding and thick browish. Please suggest.
Hi, i am 5-6 days late on my period. i am always usually on time. i had some bleeding today which was red but really watery and i havent lost anything since. Why is this please? many thanks
Hi, I'm really in need of some advice/reasurrance. I'm 10 weeks and 6 days. I have had light discharge/bleeding for 6 days now from pinky colour to sometimes red, sometimes browny, only there where I go for a wee, no pain or cramping at all, my urine is clear, spoken to my gp twice they have said there's nothing to be concerned about until it gets heavier or I get pain, I haven't got my scan for another 13 days, just want to know where I stand because its killing me not knowing, bed rest seems to help, any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks in anticipation x til he
Hi, I'm really in need of some advice/reasurrance. I'm 10 weeks and 6 days. I have had light discharge/bleeding for 6 days now from pinky colour to sometimes red, sometimes browny, only there where I go for a wee, no pain or cramping at all, my urine is clear, spoken to my gp twice they have said there's nothing to be concerned about until it gets heavier or I get pain, I haven't got my scan for another 13 days, just want to know where I stand because its killing me not knowing, bed rest seems to help, any suggestions would be much appreciated, thanks in anticipation x til he
Hi, im gayathri... Me and my partner had sex last month (March). My period day is 4th day of every month. But i dnt have my period this month. We thought i got pregnant and felt happy. But wat happen is, on April 8th i had light blood cramps and brownish color on my panty.. If i do any hard work by stressing myself it bleeds only like 5 drops likewise. Wat to do? Shall i get pregnancy tester in medical shop and check myself...
Hello. I woke up this morning with bright red vginal bleeding. I noticed when I wiped after my morning pee. My period isn't due for another week so I figured it came early and inserted a tampon. About 3 hours later I go to change my tampon and there isn't much blood. I don't insert a new one and I've been checking periodically and no more blood at all. I've had no cramping or any other period symptoms. I'm concerned, should I go to my gyno right away? I've had previous abnormal paps could the bleeding be related to that or could I be pregnant?
Hi i am in first 45 days of my pregnancy. Is it good to have sex with my partner. Looking for your reply
Hi, I am 10 dpo and had sex using the pull out method during my most fertile time of my 30 day cycle. I started feeling pregnancy symptoms within a week. I then got a browny pink discharge 5 days before my period was due which then turned into mild to medium bleeding. yesterday the bleeding was associated with cramps and back pressure and some match stick head size clots here and there... the cramps stopped and the bleeding is alot less and tapering off. during the time i was bleeding and cramping, my boobs continued to get fuller and my aereolas are very large with the montgomery bumps on them.. I also have increased saliva and still some much less mild pressure in low abdomen with some mild pokey twinges... my qustion... the liklihood of being pregnant after all the bleeding, and cramps, and would my boobs still get bigger and would i still have the pokey pressure and lots of peeing if it was an early miscarriage yesterday? I am due for period tomorrow.
Hi im around 5 weeks pregnant and today after intercourse I started bleeding unlike a period bleed but no cramping im worried as to what it could be please help
Hi I was due on my period 16 may I dun ia test that shown I was pregnant but since Wednesday I have lost just very little bits of red blood only when I wipe and not all the time. My hcg levels on Thursday was 581 and on sat was 518 I've had no pain and feel fine I'm only early in my pregnancy they done a scan to find no sac what I believe is normal if your early and ur hcg levels are under 1000 I'm due to go back again tomorrow what do u think .
hi i had my LMP on 27th march i go for a UPT on 29th april which turns out to be negative then again i had a test on 6th may which was positive then on 4th june i went for an ultrasound scan doc said acoording to calculations u must be 9 weeks pregnant but on scan she can only see a sac then she told me that may be i have cncieved late advised me 2 cuma fter 2 weeks but yesterday i had a light brwnish dischrge vry vry less just as much if wiped after 8 hours then can be seen else not i am v much worried can anybody help me
Hi, I think i may be pg with my second. i have increased appetit and weight gain, however, i have recently started passing very tiny blood cots (1 or 2) and it was with a stringy discharge. could this potentially be a threaten miscarriage?