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Bleeding during pregnancy - Stress! Worry! Panic!

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Firstbabyjoy Sun 24-Jul-11 10:49:08

Hope someone can help me with my query?

I am coming up to 9 weeks on Tuesday. Yesterday, after taking my dog for a walk and popping to the loo, I noticed that I had been bleeding. It wasn't heavy and was very pink, but it was enough for me to phone NHS Direct, worried that I might be having a miscarriage. The advice was that I was to rest and if it got worse to go to A&E.

The bleeding has stopped but I can't stop worrying about it (which I know doesn't help) as I had cramping the evening before I bled, which I put down to indigestion after scoffing my food quite quickly. I have been, up and until now, ignoring the cramping pains as I had read that this was probably general aches and pains from your body moving about and stretching.

I just wanted to know if many of you have experienced the same? Also how much rest are you suppose to have, because now I feel I should have my feet up constantly and not do a thing, but I know that it just isn't practical to sit around doing nothing, not when you have a full-time job.

The last 9 weeks have gone so slowly, I've eaten all the right foods, stopped drinking, limited my caffeine, been taking supplements for the last 7 months, done everything I can to make this a smooth pregnancy and have a healthy baby at the end of the 9 months. I just can't wait to have my scan so we can find out if everything is ok. I haven't even had my first midwife appointment yet. How on earth do I relax for 40 weeks!!??!

I should also explain that in the last week we have found out that the house we were buying has fallen through and work is very busy and stressful. I am also worried about telling my very anti-babies female boss in a months time.

hmm think I need to start yoga!!
Would love to hear your thoughts.

ilovesprouts Sun 24-Jul-11 10:51:57

my dd bled wen she was pg a few times her lil boy is now 14m ,hope alls well

ToriaPumpkinPasty Sun 24-Jul-11 10:57:21

I had four red bleeds in the first twelve weeks, then two more at 17 and 19. I'm now 26 and she's wriggling about like a little raver in there! At nine weeks it's quite probably implantation or the placenta taking over but if you're at all worried then always call and ask. They'd rather have a room full of women being monitored with nothing wrong than one women at home scared and worried about being a nuisance.

ksaunders Sun 24-Jul-11 11:02:10

Get the phone number of your hospital's early pregnancy unit (EPU) off the internet, visit A&E or take a sickie tomorrow and get an emergency GP appointment to get yourself sent for an early scan. You obviously need some reassurance.
I had a heavy bleed during my first pregnancy, albeit at 26 weeks, and now I have my ds. So bleeding doesn't have to mean the worst. All we can do is the best for our baby and ourselves, so please try to enjoy your pregnancy. Good Luck

Cattleprod Sun 24-Jul-11 11:10:17

I'm similar to Toria, now 26 weeks, but had a huge amount of bleeding in the first trimester. They scanned me and found an area of haemmorage in my uterus, but there are many reasons for bleeding in early pregnancy - implantation, and the cervical area changes and can easily bleed due to sex, exercise etc.

When I had a mmc last time at 10 weeks, the bleeding built up over a week or so from slight pink to more and more red, with no cramping until the mc actually happened. So if your bleeding has stopped, it's probably all ok. Can you get a scan for reassurance, even if you have to pay? 4 weeks of worrying until your scheduled scan doesn't make for a calm pregnancy, and once they've found a heartbeat your chances of everything being ok will be significantly better.

WeGotThere Sun 24-Jul-11 11:31:35

Hi Firstbabyjoy

I am about 6 1/2 weeks. I had some light pink 'spotting' last week, it only lasted a few hours but I had cramps before it started too. I told my GP and he booked me in for an early scan just to make sure.

All was well (tiny little person in the right place with pulsating heartbeat!!) and they told me that unless it was like a heavy period I wasn't to worry. They also said it didn't matter whether it was pink/brown/red or whether there was cramping or not it is the quantity that indicates something is going wrong. So unless you're having to change a pad every hour don't worry.

However that is easy for me to say now I've had my scan - if you can't settle see your GP or ring the EPU yourself to see if you can get a scan sorted.


QueenCee Sun 24-Jul-11 11:54:21

Some women just bleed in PG for no apparent reason. I unfortuantly one if them.... No reason can be found.
I had a mmc in my first PG and had no bleeding at all.
With DD1 I had bright red bleeds several tomes in my first trimester. No one could ever find where it was coming from thought they thought probably my cervix.
I'm now 10 weeks pg with DC2 and had a week if pink discharge and had a bright red bleed the other day. I've been scanned and everything is fine.
For me, a healthy pregnancy involves some bleeding.

QueenCee Sun 24-Jul-11 11:55:19

Sorry for spelling mistakes!!! Damn iPhone!

kdiddy Sun 24-Jul-11 12:14:20

I had 3 bleeds between 6 and 12 weeks, so I sympathise as I know how scary it is. I went into our Early Pregnancy Unit at the hospital who were brilliant - took bloods tests, checked cervix + gave me a scan. First one was too early to see anything so had to come back in a couple of weeks, but then we saw the baby and it was all fine. Apparently I have a cervical ectropion which means it's just more sensitive and prone to bleeding in pregnancy due to the extra blood flow down there (I normally bleed a bit after a smear test too).

I think it's pretty common to bleed in early pregnancy, so although you should always get it checked out if you're concerned, it's often doesn't lead to anything more serious.

Hope everything is ok x

Firstbabyjoy Tue 26-Jul-11 22:06:14

Hi Everyone,

Thank you all so much for the kind words of support and advice.

I managed to get in to see my GP and she felt my tummy (well actually it felt like she was kneading my tummy; and there's me being conscious of the dog sitting on me!) and said it all felt ok but she's booked me in for an early scan tomorrow lunchtime just incase. I should know either way then, feeling much more reassured though. She did say, like many of you, that as there wasn't a huge amount of blood and I stopped bleeding it's probaby all fine.

Will keep you up-todate
Thank you x

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