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brownish, mucousy discharge at nine weeks pg - is this something to worry about?

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Gateau Tue 14-Oct-08 10:51:59

I have had this on and off since Sunday. Sorryy, TMI, but when the discharge appears there's a lot of it and it's very thick and mucousy. It's also a brownish colour. I am really worried because I have had two miscarriages, one very recently.
I spoke to a midwife yesterday an she said it sounded like 'old blood' and to keep an eye on it, but it has happened since, albeit not ever time. Sometimes I feel a little crampy, but very little.
Can anyone offer any words of wisdom/comfort?

Gateau Tue 14-Oct-08 11:02:28


Aitch Tue 14-Oct-08 11:05:52

it could of course be old blood, and most probably is, but the sort of discharge you describe is often associated with ectopic pregnancy so i'm rather surprised your midwife hasn't referred you immediately for a scan to check. it would be unusual to have made it to 9 weeks without other symptoms (this may be her flawed reasoning) but it is not unheard of and requires investigation im(non-med)o.

Gateau Tue 14-Oct-08 11:08:45

Thanks Aitch. I am going to ask for a scan asap. I am also surprised I wasn;t referred immediately, given my history.

twentynine Tue 14-Oct-08 11:09:02

Oh FGS you need to go for a scan - today preferably - yes it could be old blood, but equally it could be a partial miscarriage of one of twins, or as Aitch says an undiagnosed ectopic or even a molar pregnancy.

90% of the time it will be just old blood which your hormone levels aren't high enough to keep in there - esp. if it occurs over about the course of a week and when your period would normally be, but without a scan you have no way of knowing whether you are in the happy majority or the unlucky minority.

I do wish you luck with this - I went through it myself plus two miscarriages. But chances are you and the baby are fine.

Mandy73 Tue 14-Oct-08 11:09:39

Agree with Aitch, don't want to worry you but it should be investigated. Any pain?

twentynine Tue 14-Oct-08 11:10:34

Mucousy blood btw tends to be a non-worrying sign in pregnancy, it can be a tiny spot of blood mixed with the general pregnancy gunk that comes out. So that's v positive!

Gateau Tue 14-Oct-08 11:14:22

Thanks everyone. Mandy, I have a bit of a crampy feeling now and again, but not much. I am really worried now.

Gateau Tue 14-Oct-08 11:16:29

By the way, twentynine - what did your mucousy discharge turn out to be?

twentynine Tue 14-Oct-08 11:19:01

A seven pound boy! grin

Seriously, no idea - nothing was apparent from the scans. The sonographer did say that the implantation looked 'messy' ie the embryo was fixed in a particularly squidgy bit of the uterus and had knocked a fair amount of cells out of the way to make it's way in.

quickdrawnandquartered Tue 14-Oct-08 11:19:27

i had what you describe for 3 weeks when pg. from 5-8 wks. I had 2 scans in that time and all was fine.

Gateau Tue 14-Oct-08 11:23:04

Good to know that quickdrawn - thanks.
I am really pissed off now about my midwife's reluctance to get me in there and then for a scan.

cmotdibbler Tue 14-Oct-08 11:23:24

It could be nothing, or it could be a sign of problems - unfortunatly the only way to tell is with a scan. Two of my miscarriages started off with days of brown discharge, but I also had some when pg with DS.

Ring your local EPAU and ask for a scan

Aitch Tue 14-Oct-08 11:28:22

and gateau i had no such discharge with my 2 eps and did have it with dd1... so i really wouldn't panic. it's most likely benign, but should imo be looked at.

Mandy73 Tue 14-Oct-08 11:30:43

V unhelpful MW esp. considering your history. angry
Fingers crossed for you, it's most likely nothing to worry about, but it's not like this uncertainty & worry will help. Insist on a reassurance scan!

slug Tue 14-Oct-08 11:35:47

If it's any consolation, I had the same thing. I went for a scan and was told I had a messy implantation bleed. I went on to carry to full term. I also had had several miscarriages previously.

Good luck.

Gateau Tue 14-Oct-08 11:41:39

Thanks everyone for your advice and good wishes.
This was the midwife (or fromer midwife) at the EPU who was so useless!

Gateau Tue 14-Oct-08 11:43:10


aquariusgirl Tue 14-Oct-08 11:44:26

surely if it was an ectopic pregnancy you would be doubled up with pain - could be nothing could of course be another miscarriage sadly- most units if you have hAD TWO MISCS WILL GIVE A REASSURANCE SCAN AT ABOUT 8 WEEKS BUT THAT WILL ONLY TELL YOU THAT EVERYTHING IS OK AT THAT MOMENT - WHOOPS pressed the caps lock by mistake!!! Hope it resolves well

Aitch Tue 14-Oct-08 11:49:34

aquarius, your misguided attitude to ectopic symptoms has resulted in many women having emergency surgery, i'm afraid. ectopics just aren't that predictable. hmm

PavlovtheWitchesCat Tue 14-Oct-08 11:52:47

I had this, not for a week at a time, but twice for two days each, and the result is currently running around almost naked apart from her shoes!

quickdrawnandquartered Tue 14-Oct-08 12:17:39

Pavlov- i had to keep re-reading your post because I thought it was because YOU had been running round naked with only your shoes.

Time to find my specks.

PavlovtheWitchesCat Tue 14-Oct-08 12:19:44

LOL! Who says I am not wink.

Except my DD is running around naked apart from shoes after weeing herself grin. I have been potty trained!

Gateau - I am keeping my fingers crossed all will be fine for you smile

MrsBick Tue 14-Oct-08 12:22:29

Hi gateau- i had the same at 7 weeks and really panicked.
she said it was implantation bleeding that had not been discharged.
now 22 weeks and no further probs.
if they have an Early preg unit at the hospital they will see you pretty uick and have a reassurance scan.
hope all is well. xx

aquariusgirl Tue 14-Oct-08 18:44:13

sorry Aitch for having an opinion!! Is this your personal experience or field of expertise? Thought pain had something to do with it though?

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