So I'm around 5/6 weeks pregnant and just started bleeding - red blood so I think it's a miscarriage. I have miscarried before at around 8 weeks - I ended spending night in hospital to have pessaries etc. (Missed miscarriage I think? - There was no heartbeat on a scan and hcg levels not rising). This wasn't in the U.K. though.
Now I'm in the U.K. and this feels so different, I only did the pregnancy test last week so haven't even registered with midwife or anything. Do I need to see someone or just let it happen like a late period? Is this what they call a chemical pregnancy?
Hi lovely - I'm so sorry to hear this is happening to you xx From what I've read on Miscarriage Association's website, you only need to go into A&E if the bleeding is heavy (e.g 2 pads an hour) or the pain is unbearable. Hope you've got someone around who can look after you x
What Llondbol said - had the same a few weeks ago and handled at home - but my local EPU were lovely and helpful on the phone, gave me the same advice re two pads an hour and recommended pain relief / hot bath if required (had one, wasn't messy, helped things along a bit and loved it - really comforting, as was large ). So basically yes it was like a late and heavy-ish period, but over in three days for me. They said to do a HPT two weeks later and call back if it was positive otherwise crack on with TTC when ready.
Don't assume it's an early mc I bled incredibly heavily around 6 weeks (soaking pads etc and sat on the loo with blood literally pouring out - horrendous pain) saw my gp who booked an early scan and incredibly wee fluttering heart was seen and all was well x
Oh my goodness it's such an emotional rollercoaster...! And reading stuff online just adds to the confusion. Are blood hcg levels not tested so much in the UK? I had my last miscarriage and baby abroad where I used to go the hospital for blood tests every 48 days for about a week!
When I went to the EPU I asked about blood tests and they said they didn't usually do them because what they saw on the scan was the most important thing - because you can't argue with the scan, whatever symptoms you're having or your hormone levels are like.
Good luck chick, fingers crossed it's just a little bleeding and a lovely healthy baby x
Update in case anyone has a similar situation. The bleeding stopped. I saw a GP today who tried to book me in for a scan at the Early Pregnancy Unit, but she can't do that till I'm 7 weeks (on Monday). If it don't have any more I'm to test again next week and see. But it could be a viable pregnancy... 😁
I hope your scan goes well on Monday. I'll have had 6 blood tests in 2 weeks to monitor hcg levels after scan showed that my baby didn't make it (in Wales). It all depends on your individual circumstances and the policy of the EPU.