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Red blood nearly 9 weeks pregnant terrified and abroad!

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Chattycat78 Thu 12-Jun-14 06:55:44

Hi girls,

I'm 9 weeks pg tomorrow and when I went to the bathroom this morning I had red blood when I wiped sad it was proper red too. I think I lost about a tablespoon of blood so obviously I panicked and put a pad on. I've had a bit more spotting since but nothing the same and I've got no pain. I had a scan a week ago that showed a heartbeat and seemed to show all was well sad

Unfortunately I'm currently abroad so I cannot call the epu to get another scan Tuesday!

Does anyone have a similar story to share where it didn't end badly? I've had a miscarriage already and no children yet so I would be devastated if this is going the same way, especially when I'm not even in the countrysad

Angelto5 Thu 12-Jun-14 07:17:35

I had early bleeding with all my pg's. My youngest is 4.5months & I bled @ 8 weeks & like u had no pain but I went to a&e to get it checked. They did a scan & everything was fine. It is scary.

Chattycat78 Thu 12-Jun-14 07:28:13

Thanks for the reply angel. It's really scary and horrible. I ll have to get a scan when I get home. Glad yours all turned out ok though. It gives me some hope although of course I would have preferred not to have encountered this. I'll just have to pray it's not bad news.

FishWithABicycle Thu 12-Jun-14 07:30:09

If all was well a week ago it is most likely that all is still well now.
As you are at 9 weeks it's possible that this is just a mini bleed when you "would have" had a period - is your cycle normally around 31/32 days? These can happen throughout pregnancy with no issues.
Obviously it's wise to get to an epu and get a scan as soon as you are back in the UK, just to make sure, but try not to worry until then - worrying and stressing about this isn't good for your baby who is most likely tucked up safe and well in there.

eurochick Thu 12-Jun-14 07:31:26

I bled every day for 3 weeks between 6 and a half and 9 and a half weeks. I'm 29 weeks today and baby is still in there, wriggling away. It doesn't have to mean the worst but I know it is very worrying. Seeing a heartbeat is a really good sign.

Chattycat78 Thu 12-Jun-14 07:35:00

Thanks for the replies girls. It really does help. smile

Chattycat78 Thu 12-Jun-14 07:36:43

And yes fish, my cycle is about 32 or do days usually, and I've heard of breakthrough bleeding, but obviously I'm jumping to the worst case scenario!

jaynebxl Thu 12-Jun-14 07:39:33

I had a bleed at that point in both pregnancies amd had healthy babies. If it was just a bit and nothing sknce, plus no cramps then quite possible that all will be well. Hope so. When are you back in the UK?

jaynebxl Thu 12-Jun-14 07:39:58

I had a bleed at that point in both pregnancies amd had healthy babies. If it was just a bit and nothing sknce, plus no cramps then quite possible that all will be well. Hope so. When are you back in the UK?

Barbie1 Thu 12-Jun-14 07:44:37

Does your travel insurance cover any medical stuff?

Could you maybe pop along to a local hospital to put your mind at ease.

I can only imagen what you are feeling right now.

I have had big, big bleeds on all three of my pregnancies. I have two children and one mmc.

I actually bled more on the pregnancies that progressed so there is hope

lanbro Thu 12-Jun-14 07:49:06

I had a huge bleed at 9 weeks with my youngest, no pain but lost some huge clots. Turned out to be a haematoma and rest of the pregnancy was fine, beautiful healthy 9 mo here x

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 12-Jun-14 07:51:16

I bled on and off too and all was wellthanks

Chattycat78 Thu 12-Jun-14 08:00:06

Thanks again guys- Barbie- pretty sure the hospital is not an option- I'm on a remote island (holiday booked well before finding out about being pg). I'm back home on Sunday so will ring epu first thing Monday.

It sounds like it's pretty common then- when I look it up it said something about only 1 in 5 women having bleeding but maybe it's more than that.

Pregnantagain7 Thu 12-Jun-14 09:18:31

What a horrible thing for you to be going through especially when you are away. With my first pregnancy I had a big red bleed at nine weeks I stood up and it just gushed and ran down my legs, I was so scared but when I went for a scan a few days later she was fine. I was convinced she had gone as there was so much blood, she's nine now.
Sorry to get personal but have you had sex recently? I had the night before and while they never said that's what caused it I'm sure it had something to do with it!
Hope everything settles down soon and everything crossed for you.

Chattycat78 Thu 12-Jun-14 09:22:35

Hi pregnant- no not had sex so I can't put it down to that unfortunatelysad and yes it's pretty rubbish being away and having this! It s like my worst fear come true. I also had to have ivf to conceive this baby so it will be extra devastating if it's all going wrongsad

eurochick Thu 12-Jun-14 09:31:12

Bleeding is apparently more common in ivf pregnancies. Not sure why. Mine is also from ivf is I get how worried you must be. Hope you are ok.

Chattycat78 Thu 12-Jun-14 10:19:40

Thanks euro- perhaps it s connected to the fact that it was ivf then. Who knows. Nothing I can do now except wait till I get back. This whole thing sucks though. It has been A massive battle to get pregnant and now this. I've got so many friends too who have conceived at the drop of a hat and just breezed through pregnancy, and here am I, having miscarriages, doing ivf and bleeding! Sorry to rant.

Barbie1 Thu 12-Jun-14 11:48:49

chattycat rant away, having had a mmc and then spent ages to conceive it really does fell like the world is against you at times doesn't it?

I hope you manage to at least try to enjoy some of the last days of your holiday and wish you all the best at your scan next week flowers

Barbie1 Thu 12-Jun-14 11:49:37

Oh gosh my grammar is appalling! shock I blame the I phone and bloody autocorrect wink

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 12-Jun-14 11:50:54

One in five is a lot of women if you think how many pregnant women there are x

LittlePeasMummy1 Thu 12-Jun-14 12:49:23

I bled on and off for the first 11 weeks (also IVF pregnancy). It scared me to death, but all was fine. x

Hatteras Thu 12-Jun-14 17:01:02

Another one here who had a bleed in the first trimester after IVF (and before that, a mmc). I had a very sudden red bleed, no cramping, at about 6.5 weeks and then had brown bleeding on and off for the next 4 weeks or so. I'm now 23 weeks and everything is fine.

At the time of the first bleed, I was scanned by my clinic, and they could see a sub chorionic hematoma which they said in most cases will either bleed out or reabsorb - which it did, however it was still terrifying at the time. The advice given was to drink plenty of water, no sex, no heavy lifting or strenuous exercise, so OP, if you can, rest, take it easy for the next few days and have plenty of fluids.

Thinking of you, it is so frightening when this happens, especially after having been through IVF to get to this point in the first place. Let us know how you get on when you are back home and have had a scan.

bionic77 Thu 12-Jun-14 17:31:47

I had a bleed at 12 weeks. Seemed like an awful lot of blood to lose. This was on a Saturday evening and I had my first scan on the Monday. The sonographer seemed pretty unconcerned to be honest and I never found out why. I'm sitting here with a healthy one year old so it all turned out ok.

Also it wasn't an IVF pregnancy but we had been trying for 2 years.

Chattycat78 Thu 12-Jun-14 18:04:16

Thanks for so many responses. I appreciate it I really do. Hatteras- yes I'll do just that. Not had any more bleeding (yet at least) since this morning so at least that's something. Glad to hear all your stories turned out well.

Kerryp Thu 12-Jun-14 18:07:24

Don't panic. I've had a miscarriage and trust me you'd know. It is a large gush that won't stop, even heavier than a period. Get yourself checked over ASAP but try not to panic a lot of women have spotting or light bleeding xx

SummerSazz Thu 12-Jun-14 18:13:02

Try to relax (and I know that's easier said than done) but realistically even if you were in the uk there isn't that much thy could do other than scan and then send you away to see how things progress.
It must feel like it is more out of control as you are away, but put your feet up and think of all the positive stories above.

fingers x'd all is ok smile

Pregnantagain7 Thu 12-Jun-14 19:07:20

I'm no expert but it is def a good sign that it's stopped. I didn't say in my previous post but I've had three mcs and with all of them I started to bleed and it didn't stop. I had quite severe cramping and there was a lot of blood. I was soaking a huge pad in half and hour and at some points I couldn't leave the bathroom. However that is just my experience I don't know if that is what happens to everyone. A bleed is always a horrible experience no matter the outcome, but I think you have some positives it was a one off gush, it's stopped, you have no pains and you saw the heartbeat last week all really good things. Keeping everything crossed for you smile

Cloud10 Thu 12-Jun-14 21:39:07

I'm currently 13.5 weeks and bled on and off from 6 to 12 weeks, both red and brown. I ended up having loads of private scans for reassurance, it helped with the stress but it's still so horrible seeing the blood. If it has stopped or slowed to just light spotting then that's good. I too had some while on holiday and the anxiety just ruined the holiday, but when I got back it turned out that everything was ok! It's common, not nice, but definitely common, so really hope you can enjoy the last few days of holiday, a remote island sounds lovely!

Chattycat78 Fri 13-Jun-14 10:53:49

Hi everyone,

Once again thanks so much for all the support.

I decided to call my local epu today (yes from abroad and it's going to cost a fortune) and they actually told me it sounded like an implantation bleed (at 9 weeks?) and they they would not be looking to scan me unless I started bleeding again or it got worse. Does this sound right or have I been fobbed off? I didn't argue too much as I'm away, but I'm definitely not about to wait until 12 weeks for the next scan! I'll pay if I have to.

Barbie1 Fri 13-Jun-14 11:20:14

Luckily for me I was in the M.E when pregnant with my two dc's and I had a scan after every bleed.

For peace of mind i would be booking a private scan on my return

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 13-Jun-14 11:32:43

Hi OPsmile

Even when I bled at 12 weeks and went to A and E I was told to go home and wait,I wasn't offered a scan.

I had an internal scan at 9 weeks but iirc that was to rule out an ectopic.

It's horrible waiting but the fact you haven't bled again I think is a good sign as others have said you bled a lot with a mc.

thanks brew

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 13-Jun-14 11:37:23

According to google implantation bleeds occur 6-12 days after conception. Worth getting checked out properly I think when you get home x

Pobblewhohasnotoes Fri 13-Jun-14 12:45:18

Implantation bleeding happens at the time you would be due your period as far as I'm aware so I'm not sure why they've told you that.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Fri 13-Jun-14 12:50:32

Just wanted to say I'm another person who had this, at exactly the same point. DC2 was fine. Bleeding lasted about a week, off and on. No explanation!

LittlePeasMummy1 Fri 13-Jun-14 13:50:54

I think 'implantation bleeding' is really an umbrella term for bleeding in early-ish pregnancy, and there is no strict defined period. I bled up to 11 weeks and my obstetrician friend suggested it could be implantation bleeding. It does seem very possible that during the whole period the placenta is becoming established and setting up its a blood supply that bleeding is a distinct possibility.

polarpercy Fri 13-Jun-14 16:40:27

I had bleeding at 5+5 and 7+5, sometimes red and sometimes brown. I asked if they could see any cause and they suggested implantation bleeding. I did query and repeat what I'd read online! The midwife was great and explained (like the previous poster) that it could be implanting further/placenta developing. I hope things are better for you today.

sebsmummy1 Fri 13-Jun-14 17:34:20

Yep, they tend to call early bleeding implantation bleeding unless it turns into something they know is a miscarriage.

It sounds as they you are going to find it a struggle to enjoy the rest of your holiday, have you looked into changing your flights to come home earlier?

Chattycat78 Sat 14-Jun-14 04:49:57

Hi - we re flying home tomorrow morning so no point changing flights now. I'll call the epu again on Monday am and see what they say. X

mssleepyhead Sat 14-Jun-14 07:11:18

I got a scan at 7 weeks from my EPU for just a bit of brown spotting. I had to go via my GP who refered me, but did it very quickly and without any pressure from me. Might be worth trying that approach when you get back. Best of luck.

sebsmummy1 Sat 14-Jun-14 08:17:07

Oh that's good chatty. There's nothing worse than being in 'happy places' when you are feeling worried or sad.

Has the bleeding stopped now? With me I had constabt low level bleeding pretty much from the beginning, so I knew something wasn't right. Really hope you can have a scan when you get home and all will be well xx

Chattycat78 Sat 14-Jun-14 09:54:24

The bleeding has stopped, but I have noticed some slight brown spotting when I wipe since last nightsad so I have no idea if this is linked or not. Will have to sort something when I get home.

Kerryp Sat 14-Jun-14 14:26:45

Bleeding can also be down to things such as the placenta not being exactly as it should may be a simple case of spotting. Trust me a miscarriage is like a blood bath, you would soak through a thick pad within half an hour if not sooner. I was 10 weeks preg so only a weeks difference but think it would be same if it was anything like that. thanks

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 15-Jun-14 16:48:10

How are things OP?smile

HopefulMum111 Sun 15-Jun-14 20:42:30

Not that anything anyone on here says will stop you worrying, but I was told it is more common to bleed than not. So if this is the first time you have lost any blood, you don't have pain and the bleeding has stopped (or predominantly stopped), it sounds like your body is just settling down and not miscarrying.

Fingers crossed for you and if your hospital won't scan you, Google nearby private places because they probably won't have a long wait to reassure you. smile

Chattycat78 Sun 15-Jun-14 20:48:31

Hi guys,

Just got home, thanks for asking. Will be on phone first thing to epu to try to Sort something out! No more blood etc since incident on Thursday (touch wood) so hopefully it's a blip- I need to check though, I'm not the sort of person who can just wait and see til the next scan!

Hopeful it's interesting you were told that- I didn't realise that.

Dizzywhore Sun 15-Jun-14 20:55:46

Hope you get an scan sorted this week to put your mind at rest. If your EPU won't do one maybe the hospital/clinic where you had your IVF? Good luck.
When I had my first mc I had lots of pain before the bleeding started. But it's not true about the really heavy none stop bleeding mine wasn't like that at all. I had light brown blood for about 5 day, with pain then red blood but still not that heavy for about another week, still with pain then a really big bleed which didn't stop for a few days, awful pain then.
But as you've had no pain I'm sure everything will be fine.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 15-Jun-14 20:58:06

Bet it's nice to be home?smile please update when you've had your scan x

Chattycat78 Sun 15-Jun-14 21:06:49

Thanks guys- dizzy your story reminds me that this could unfortunately go either waysad at what point did u know for sure u were having a miscarriage if you don't mind me asking?

Dizzywhore Sun 15-Jun-14 21:34:26

I didn't until I went to EPU after about a week, probably when the red bleeding started. I was told I'd had a mmc. I was really shocked. I had seen a doctor who told me you can bleed and have some pain the first few week so I put it down to that. It wasn't until the bleeding got red and more painful that I had a scan.
But as your not in any pain I'd think that was a good sign. X

FishWithABicycle Sun 15-Jun-14 22:17:06

You can't really know for sure till you have a scan. everything could still be fine. we're all keeping everything crossed for you.

sebsmummy1 Mon 16-Jun-14 08:35:32

Honestly everybody is different and you have to assume you are fine until you are told different by a medical professional. Everything crossed for you re. scan xx

Alita7 Mon 16-Jun-14 08:55:11

I had pink spotting and then one instance of bright red blood when I woke up between 6-7 weeks I was terrified after a previous mmc but somehow just knew it was ok, my first thought when I saw the red blood was don't worry its fine. I had a scan at the epu which showed a heart beat and baby measured fine smile they found no cause!
Then I had a perfect wriggling baby at my 12 week scan and now I'm awaiting my 20 week scan on Thursday :D it can be ok!
Be prepared for the worst but don't panic you have hope!

Pregnantagain7 Mon 16-Jun-14 09:50:14

Hey chattycat hope things are going ok, got everything crossed for yousmile

Chattycat78 Mon 16-Jun-14 12:48:54

Hi girls,

Thanks so much for all the messages- it really helped a lot and helped kep me going when I was away.

I just had a private scan and everything is progressing well, heard the heartbeat and everything. Am so relieved. There was no cause which could be found for the blood. Very strange but I'm not complaining. smile it just shows how common it is though!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 16-Jun-14 12:50:56

Oh wow, that's fantastic news!!!thanks I'm so pleased for you x

Alita7 Mon 16-Jun-14 13:09:38

Very good to hear they like me you're one of the lucky ones! Good luck :D

Bankholidaybaby Mon 16-Jun-14 13:22:18

Just seen this thread, Chatty, and so relieved to get to the happy news at the end. I bled for ten days at 5-6 weeks and was told I was probably miscarrying but was booked in at EPU to check, where we saw my baby's beautiful flashing heartbeat which was wonderful after days of misery and uncertainty.

I then bled quite heavily at 23 and then at 26 weeks, both leading to overnight admissions, scans etc. with no obvious cause found. I was warned that late pregnancy bleeding is linked to premature birth, and my son did pop out quite quickly at 33 plus 1.

Bankholidaybaby Mon 16-Jun-14 13:23:20

But he's absolutely fine now, nearly 10 months old and asleep on my lap.

Chattycat78 Mon 16-Jun-14 13:28:38

Thanks guys- yes it's a mega relief. I had already started thinking about which "option" for management of a miscarriage I would go for this time and what I would do about work, so it's amazing to have the good news. X

LittlePeasMummy1 Mon 16-Jun-14 13:51:32

So pleased for you, thats fantastic x

Dizzywhore Mon 16-Jun-14 13:51:34

Lovely news. So pleased to read this x

HopefulMum111 Mon 16-Jun-14 13:53:29

So pleased for you. grin

Hatteras Mon 16-Jun-14 17:15:41

Great news OP, what a relief for you!

Pregnantagain7 Mon 16-Jun-14 17:50:29

Whoop whoop that's fantastic news! smile hope you have a very happy and non eventful pregnancy now. They never found a reason for my bleed either as you said it does seen to be very common.
Another one of those bloody awful pregnancy symptoms no one ever tells you about! grin

ChocolateWombat Mon 16-Jun-14 17:55:23

Glad to hear your good news.

FishWithABicycle Mon 16-Jun-14 19:05:19

so glad it's happy news!

Kerryp Tue 17-Jun-14 14:08:58

Glad it's good news x

eurochick Tue 17-Jun-14 14:25:40


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