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Bleeding in early pregnancy

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typhoonsmum · 27/08/2006 21:57

Hiya everyone.
I am five and a half weeks preg and have had slight spotting last week but over the weekend I have had a couple of VERY SMALL shows of blood. I have also developed Thrush over the weekend. Could the bleeding be linked to the thrush. Is it something I should worry about. The blood loss has been very small but still scary. Friends say if I was losing the baby the bleeding would be heavier and I'd have pain. I have no pain. Odd niggle but that is pregnancy isn't it.
Today breasts have felt fuller and a bit tender and I have had the first hint of nausea. Are these good signs.
I do have one DD (3yrs 8 months) but I didn't findout I was preg till I was 8 weeks with her and it was an uncomplicated pregnancy. No blood, no pain, no morning sickness, and it seems a lifetime ago now anyway.
Please put my mind at rest. Stress and worrying isn't going to help me.
If the news is bad just tell me. Don't sugar coat it please

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hairymclary · 27/08/2006 22:00

hi typhoonsmum

your friends are right, if it was a miscarriage you would have quite heavy bleeding, and probably cramping.
Since I've been a member of mumsnet I have seen a LOT of posts just like this, and the vast majority of people seem to go on to have totally normal pregnancies.
I also had bleeding in early pregnancy, quite heavily but they could find no reason for it and I went on to have a healthy baby.

Tender boobs and nausea are good signs, so try not to worry.
If you are concerned though do go and see your GP or midwife who may be able to arrange for you to have a scan at your local epu (early pregnancy unit) just to put your mind at rest

typhoonsmum · 27/08/2006 22:02

Thanks hairyclary,
the weird thing is I work in gynaecology and I think that makes me worse. I see all the people with problems and not the healthy ones. I'll try to relax.

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Beauregard · 27/08/2006 22:04

I also had bleeding on and off throughout my pregnancy with dd1 and all was well in the end .

myermay · 27/08/2006 22:10

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EmilyTurner · 27/08/2006 22:13

With my first baby in 2003 I had bleeding at 9 weeks. It was one lot of bright red, then pink and then brown. It was a Friday night and we spent the whole weekend preparing for the worst. On monday I had a scan and it was all fine. No more bleeding after that. They said it was implanting that caused the bleeding.

Try not to worry.

typhoonsmum · 27/08/2006 22:18

The people at work say it is pointless scanning b4 6 weeks as nothing is really visible.I am going on holiday on Friday and would like to know what they possible outcome is b4 I go but i am only 6 weeks on Friday. I'll see if they will do it b4 i leave work on Thursday.
Itis good to hear that other people have bled and had normal pregnancies. I suppose I keep focusing on the fact you shouldn't bleed in pregnancy and panic.
Thank You everyone.

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magicfarawaytree · 27/08/2006 23:05

I had what I thought was my normal period then found out at my dating scan that I was actually 4/5 weeks pregnant at the time. ds was born naturally and in full health bang on his due date. I guess I was lucky I didnt know at the time of the bleed. I had a miscarriage previously and had been in intense pain with a lot of blood including a large clot it was completely different so hopefully it will be the thrush causing the bleeding. when ever I had a yeast of water infection during my pregnancy there would be blood in my urine - not enough for me to see but enough to show up on the urine tests.

Nicki10 · 28/08/2006 19:46

I agree typhoonsmum it is horribly worrying, I have had bleeding at six weeks which they said was an implantation bleed I am now 8,4 and I have been bleeding constantly since last tuesday so 7 days now and I don't know what to do either I had a Scan at 6 weeks and am due one next monday but that could be another 7 days of bleeding and it feels like a long way off.

I'm worried as I have never had morning sickness and I do have cramping pains

typhoonsmum · 28/08/2006 21:41

If it helps one of the ladies I work with said she bled all the way thru her last pregnancy and that child is now 15 years old. My cousin didn't even know she was pregnant till she went into labour. She had periods right thru. I always thought it was quite amusing that that can happen until it happens to me.
I hope everything goes ok Nicki. Waiting for confirmation is the worst part I think. I am going to ask for a scan in work tomorrow. Hopefully they will give me one even tho I'm only 5,4. Don't think I could go on holiday and relax whilst waiting to bleed again. (It happened again this afternoon) Friends still try to convince me that everything is fine and that is happened to them and they were ok. Hindsight is FAB, but doesn't help in the actual present.
(Nothing against people who have given advice here. It does help to know I am not the only person this has happened to and that it may not mean that I am going to lose the baby.)

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typhoonsmum · 28/08/2006 21:46

Nicki10 have you tried going to A&E with the bleeding. I know it sounds drastic but they might be able to get you a scan earlier. I can't imagine the worry you'll go thru in the next week. My thoughts are with you and I hope it goes ok.

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Nicki10 · 28/08/2006 22:28

typhoonsmum I think it is a good idea that you get an early scan for piece of mind, I had one at six weeks and it was to small to see anyhing so they did an internal, no heart beat but it was reassuring just to know that I was defineatly pregnant and it wasn't ectopic. I had to have another 2 days later and by then it had grown so you could see it from an external scan. It was the most reassuring thing I have ever seen. I hope they let you have a scan. Let me know how you get on.

I am going to call the EPU unit tomorrow to see what they say.

VeritySmith · 29/08/2006 00:47


I'm 5 1/2 weeks pg and started spotting yesterday afternoon - now gone from brownish pinkish to light pinkish/reddish discharge not really bleeding as such. Not too much - just a bit. No cramping so far. I'm just so scared that its all inevitably going to go wrong. Feel for you too Typhoonsmum as we are about the same dates.

Does anyone know what the timescales are? I'm going to go to the doc tomorrow...but if anyone else can't sleep and is on the site - can you let me know if you have any experience if the bleeding stopped after X days - or if it just went on and got more progressive - like is the cramping like hand in hand with actual bleeding? Sorry for so many questions......

Bellie · 29/08/2006 07:39

I have been bleeding on and off for the past 6 days now - not constantly but almost every time I go to the loo and wipe - sometimes it has been bright red and sometimes dark brown. I have been told by the epu that they will not scan until next tuesday - so I have another week to wait . Fingers crossed for all of you as I am keeping mine crossed.

Bellie · 29/08/2006 07:40

sorry meant to say that I am 6 weeks today and they told me that the earliest that they would scan is 7 weeks.

typhoonsmum · 29/08/2006 20:47

had the scan and they couldn't see anything. no gestation sac, nothing. A few cystic areas but nothing much. cystic areas may turn into something in time but they aren't sure. Just a bit of blood. Had a blood test done which came back postive but with a low level of 36. Having another blood test done on thursday to see if it has risen or fallen.
They say it is either a lot earlier than I first thought or have had an early miscarriage, I have no pain and bleeding no heavier than a period (a light period at that) So I still have no idea.

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Nicki10 · 29/08/2006 21:33

typhoonsmum there is still hope if they can see the cysts. My bloods came back as only just pregnant so lets all keep fingers crossed that your dates are a bit later than you first thought. Stay hopeful and let me know what happens with bloods on Thursday.

VeritySmith · 29/08/2006 22:50

Just back from the EPU who scanned me at 5 weeks and 4 days. The scan showed big fat zero. Due to bleeding the doc said that it is most likely an early miscarriage but to be on the safe side he took blood to measure my hCG level and I have to go back Thurs so that they can compare the two.

Feel peeved that they did not give me the results of my bloods today to give me the hormone level indicator (as I was given this in the States - when this happened at the same time as my first baby - who is now 20 months and perfectly fine!!!!!) nor did he check to see if my cervix was open or shut (he said it was too early)....

In the US - Brigham Women's Institute - I had to pay through the nose for the treatment - but I felt I was given extremely good treatment and left with a complete diagnosis. Today, I was sort of managed out of having a diagnosis - with statements like 'we can't ascertain for certain......' with equipment that looked like it came from the Arc. Certainly the NHS Hosp I visited did not have 4D scanners!!!!!!

Daisypops · 30/08/2006 10:31

I had this problem when I had a miscarriage last year. I started bleeding monday and had to wait til wednesday for an appt at EPAU, went there and they said there was nothing to see on the scan so a miscarriage was 'likely', they took blood test and they were still slightly positive so I was told to go back 3 weeks later for a definate answer. It was shocking. No one seems to want to commit to anything and your left stewing for weeks.

typhoonsmum · 31/08/2006 06:37

Due for the second blood test today but over night bleeding has increased and home pregnancy test look fainter. Not holding out much hope.
The only comfort I can find is that at five weeks there probably wasn't a baby there yet. Just an embryo.Still feel empty.
Going to let my body recover properly this time. (Had a bad miscarriage in May. Needed blood transfusion and emergency theatre. Maybe it was to early to try again)

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Bellie · 31/08/2006 07:41

thinking of you today typhoonsmum

Nicki10 · 31/08/2006 08:55

Good luck typhoonsmum thinking of you xxx

Bellie · 31/08/2006 18:07

how are you typhoonsmum?

typhoonsmum · 31/08/2006 18:52

didn't need the blood test. bleeding got severe and i had cramping pain. Passed clots and products (working in the speciality I know) Tried to block it out most of the day and get on with it but typing this I'm welling up. I'll take some time out this evening from holiday packing (we leave tomorrow) and grieve as I should.
Thanks for everything everyone. Hope everything goes ok for you all and you enjoy your pregnancies. Hopefully I'll catch up with you all soon. (on this thread)
Hope you have better news Verity and Nicki.

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Bellie · 31/08/2006 20:47

so sorry to hear this

suexx · 18/03/2008 20:30

Hi everyone,
Im eleven weeks pregnant with my second baby. i have suffered two misscarriages so i am very anxious this time. I have bled all through my pregnancy but weekly scans have confirmed that my baby is doing well .

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