Bleeding or Spotting in Early Pregnancy: Should I Be Worried?

Updated on April 5, 2018
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Becki Rizzuti has had four natural pregnancies and childbirths. She is an advocate of natural pregnancy and natural birth.

It's Normal to Bleed Some During Early Pregnancy

Roughly 20% of women experience some bleeding during the first trimester or first three months of pregnancy.1

If this happens to you, please don't panic. It's likely that you're experiencing a normal pregnancy with some simple spotting. Worry can stress you or your baby, so try to relax and consider the important facts described below.

While it is always advised that pregnant women go to an obstetrician for medical advice, women also need to be aware that there are many other reasons for bleeding in early pregnancy, and many of them are nothing to worry about.

*Please do note that I am not a doctor, and I have not been to medical school. I am, however, a mother who has been through four successful pregnancies and has experienced vaginal bleeding during pregnancy.

When to Worry

Bleeding, in general, is more concerning when it is heavy (more than that of the heaviest day of a regular menstrual period), and accompanied by abdominal pain.2

"In the first trimester, 15 to 25 percent of pregnancies can experience vaginal bleeding," says Dr. Mark Trolice, director of the IVF Center in Winter Park, Florida. He adds that, "While any bleeding is alarming, it is not associated with miscarriage unless heavy bleeding occurs, resulting in approximately a 24 percent risk of loss."

You can see some causes of both light and heavy bleeding below.3

Note: If you are in extreme pain or are experiencing a lot of bleeding, you should see your doctor immediately. Otherwise, take note of the bleeding (its color, frequency, duration, and amount), and any other symptoms that accompany it so you can let your doctor or midwife know about it.

In the time before you see your doctor, this article will help you decode what you're seeing down there.

We'll discuss:

  • Causes of light and heavy bleeding in early pregnancy
  • Specific causes for brown, pink, and red bleeding

Type of Bleeding
% of Women That Experience It
Increased Chance of Miscarriage
Light bleeding or spotting (you only notice it when you wipe)
15 - 20% of women
Not necessarily
Heavy bleeding (more than the heaviest flow of a period)
Roughly 2% of women
More likely
The chance of miscarriage varies between 10 and 25 percent for all women in the first trimester (4)

Any time you are bleeding during pregnancy, you should contact your doctor for advice! While you're waiting to speak with the doctor, this article will help.

It's important to note that there has not been much research done on the relationship between bleeding during early pregnancy and miscarriages that happen later on.3

According to Dr. Trolice, "Though bleeding can be scary, there is no definitive evidence on the amount of bleeding, color of blood, or associated symptoms that will predict a miscarriage."

However, there is some evidence that light bleeding in the first trimester is less closely linked with the chance of miscarriage than episodes of heavy bleeding.4

In the second and third trimester, bleeding of any kind is a cause for concern.1

Most Common Causes of Light Bleeding or Spotting in Early Pregnancy That Are Not Cause for Concern

Cause
When It Happens
More Details
Implantation Bleeding
A few days before the day of your expected period
May have light cramping. Bleeding lasts between 3 hrs and 3 days and has no clotting. Its color may be light pink or brown. (5)
Minor Cervical or Vaginal Injury
Might happen after having sex, a gyno visit, or vigorous exercise
This is not a cause for concern and should clear up on its own. Increased blood flow to these areas makes them more likely to bleed in early pregnancy. (1)
Bleeding From Cervical Polyp
Also might happen after sex, gyno visit, or exercise
Polyps (benign growths) on the cervix are more likely to bleed during pregnancy because of increased blood flow and estrogen levels. (1)
Unknown Benign Cause
Sometimes it's unclear why the bleeding happens, but the fetus remains healthy
It's important to record any bleeding you experience and other symptoms so your healthcare provider can have as much information as possible to provide you with the best care.
Most episodes of bleeding are not a cause for concern and do not raise the chance of miscarriage. If there is a heartbeat in the ultrasound, 90% of women who experience bleeding will have a successful pregnancy. (6)

Possible Causes of Heavier Bleeding During Early Pregnancy

Cause
When It Happens
Symptoms
Miscarriage
Between 10 - 25% of pregnancies miscarry in the first trimester.
Other symptoms include cramping, true contractions, mild to severe back pain, and tissue passing through the vagina. (4)
Ectopic Pregnancy
This is when the egg implants itself outside the uterus. This happens in 1 out of 50 pregnancies.
Some symptoms of ectopic pregnancy include bleeding, stabbing pain in the lower abdomen, and lightheadedness. (7)
Molar Pregnancy
Very rare condition where abnormal tissue grows inside the uterus instead of a baby. This occurs in 1 out of 1000 pregnancies.
Other symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, and rapid enlargement of the uterus. (8)
Infection of the Vagina or the Cervix
Various STIs and other infections can cause bleeding.
Some symptoms of infection can include abnormal vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, and fever. (6)
Heavy bleeding episodes, especially those associated with pain, are more of a cause for concern than light bleeding episodes during early pregnancy.

What Should You Do If You're Bleeding? Is It a Miscarriage?

According to Dr. Trolice, "Only an obstetrical ultrasound can provide assurance on the viability of the pregnancy. While there are no activity restrictions, we recommend avoiding intercourse during bleeding in order to reduce the risk of potential intrauterine infection since bleeding may result in the cervix dilating."

You should alert your OB of any bleeding during a pregnancy, and if you're in pain and bleeding heavily, you should see a doctor immediately.

What is the color of the bleeding?

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Different Types of Vaginal Blood During Pregnancy

Blood comes in three colors: bright red, pale pink, and brown. You will notice the difference in your panties or when you wipe.

Note the color of the discharge that you're experiencing, as this will be significant information for your doctor or midwife. Your ability to give them descriptive information will aid them in assisting you.

The color and the amount of blood are two important things to note.  The color might range from pale pink to brown to red.
The color and the amount of blood are two important things to note. The color might range from pale pink to brown to red.

What's the Difference Between Bleeding and Spotting?

"Spotting" is a discharge of pink, reddish, or brown blood, but it's not enough to fill a pad.

"Bleeding" is a discharge of enough reddish or red blood to fill a pad.

A Rough Guide to Why You Might Be Spotting Blood During Early Pregnancy

Pink Spotting
Brown Spotting
Red Spotting
Cervical settling
Old blood from periods
Implantation
Leftover blood from implantation
Leftover blood from implantation
Vaginal bleeding from cuts
Minor cervical injury
Healed cervical injury
Miscarriage (chemical pregnancy)
These are just guidelines, not rules. Bleeding can be an indication of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, problems with the placenta, or another serious complication, so it's important to consult your doctor or midwife. Miscarriage can also happen witho

Common Reasons for Light Pink Spotting in Early Pregnancy

  • Implantation (when the fertilized egg implants on the uterine wall) or blood left over from implantation.1
  • Minor cervical injury due to increased sensitivity from extra blood flow. This might happen after having sex or seeing the gynecologist.1
  • Bleeding from a cervical polyp.1
  • Rarely, it may be a sign of a more serious problem.1

Pink blood usually isn't something to be overly concerned about. Pink spotting is quite normal during early pregnancy. In fact, you may experience some pink or light red bleeding at the time that the fertilized egg implants on the uterine wall. This may also be accompanied by some cramping.1

Cervical Bleeding May Look Pink

Often, this blood during early pregnancy is coming from your cervix. During pregnancy (and particularly in the early phases of a first pregnancy), your cervix is changing and preparing for the work that it's going to do protecting your uterus from infection and then later, opening to allow the baby to come out. The increased blood flow and estrogen can make the area more sensitive, which might cause bleeding after sex or gyno visits.1

The pink color may result from the mixing of other vaginal discharge with the blood.

What to Do If You Have Pink Bleeding?

If your bleeding is pink (light or dark) or watery, watch for further developments. If you begin to experience cramping or heavier blood flow as well, you'll want to contact your doctor.

Possible Causes of Brown Spotting During Early Pregnancy

  • Old blood from your previous period.
  • Previously clotted blood from vaginal injury.
  • Healed cervical injury.
  • Sexual intercourse or a pelvic exam can dislodge old blood.
  • Rarely, it may be a sign of a more serious problem.

Many women report brown vaginal spotting during early pregnancy. They often say that the blood comes out in clumps (or clots). This can be alarming because brown spotting sometimes comes in higher volumes than the aforementioned pink spotting.

The important thing to remember is not to cause yourself more stress than is absolutely necessary. In most cases, brown spotting is quite normal during pregnancy (as well as at other times in a woman's life).

What Causes Brown Spotting?

As with the pink, brown spotting is generally caused by changes your body experiences during pregnancy. Your cervix is softening, lengthening, shortening, and eventually dilating and thinning, and you'll experience more cervical pressure as your uterus expands to accommodate the growing fetus.

It should also be noted that many doctors and midwives refer to brown blood as "old blood," meaning that you have, essentially, lost a scab on your cervix.9 Sometimes brown blood comes from the vaginal walls themselves as well (which is equally harmless).

What Should You Do?

To the pregnant woman, brown blood is more concerning than pink blood because it is often heavier in volume. Although they will likely tell you that you have nothing to worry about, it's best to touch base with your doctor or midwife.

Red Spotting May Be More Likely to Be a Sign of Something Serious

Possible Reasons for Red Spotting

  • Vaginal bleeding caused by cuts or abrasions
  • Implantation (before you find out you're pregnant)1
  • Ectopic pregnancy7
  • Chemical pregnancy (early miscarriage)4

If you see more than a dime-sized amount of red blood in your panties or on the toilet paper after you've wiped, step away from the computer and go call your doctor.

Red blood can be an indication of a serious problem and you'll want to get checked. Go take care of that phone call and then you can come back and continue reading while you wait for your doctor or midwife to call you back.

Red blood during pregnancy isn't something that you want to ignore, even though it doesn't necessarily mean you're having a miscarriage!

Now that you have called your doctor, let's talk about red blood during early pregnancy.

What Does Red Spotting Mean?

There are two types of red blood that you may encounter:

  • The first looks similar to the image of blood above: It's bright red (which usually means that it's highly oxygenated) and relatively thin. If you're experiencing this type of bleeding, chances are that you're going to be okay (unless you're bleeding in large amounts). You should still go in for a check up, but the chances are that you've gotten a scratch somewhere, especially if you're only spotting. This is more normal than you might think.
  • The other type of red blood is the type that you can worry about. This blood is darker, more like the color of your menstrual fluid, and may be mixed with some tissue. If you're seeing this type of bleeding, your doctor will probably want to see you straight away.

What to Do

Don't mess around if you're bleeding red, even if you aren't cramping. However, it's recommended to call your doctor or midwife instead of rushing straight for the emergency room.

Red blood during pregnancy isn't something that you want to ignore, even though it doesn't necessarily mean you're having a miscarriage!

Cramping With Spotting or Bleeding Could be Serious

By themselves, bleeding or cramping aren't necessarily serious.

But in combination with one another, cramping and bleeding may indicate a miscarriage or other serious problem, and you need to get yourself to the hospital right away!2

Bleeding During Pregnancy Doesn't Always Mean Miscarriage

Many women (myself included) experience bleeding during early pregnancy (and even beyond) and go on through normal pregnancies without further problems. Bleeding alone is no reason to panic and if you aren't experiencing cramping with the bleeding, you may very well be just fine.

Remember that there is no substitute for a doctor's advice. If you're worried about the condition of your baby, consult with your doctor or midwife!

Sources

  1. "Spotting During Pregnancy." Nov 1, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.
  2. Hasan R, Baird DD, Herring AH, et al."Association Between First-Trimester Vaginal Bleeding and Miscarriage." 2009. Obstetrics and Gynecology. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.
  3. Hasan, Reem, PhD., Baird, Donna D., PhD., et al. "Patterns and predictors of vaginal bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy." Jul 2010. Annals of Epidemiology. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.
  4. "Miscarriage: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention." Dec 5, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.
  5. "What Is Implantation Bleeding?" November 25, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.
  6. Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD."Bleeding During Pregnancy." Jul 18, 2016. WebMD. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.
  7. "Ectopic Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, Risks And Treatment." Jul 20, 2016. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.
  8. "Molar Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, Risks And Treatment." Apr 17, 2017. American Pregnancy Association. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.
  9. Schaefer, Anna and Tim Jewell. Medically reviewed by Kim Dishman, MSN, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB. "Why Is My Period Blood Brown?" Jul 21, 2016. Healthline. Accessed Mar 20, 2018.

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      Becki Rizzuti 12 hours ago from Central Indiana

      Swa, if you're not filling a pad, you're probably in the clear. I had a full bleed with my last daughter, and she was born healthy seven months later.

      Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

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      Swa 32 hours ago

      Hi.. I am desperate to find help.. this is my first pregnancy and I'm 6 weeks and 6 days pg today.. Last five days I have been experiencing a brown discharge with no pain.. It was just few drops of spotting for couple of days.. then the last three days little more than few drops.. it's not heavy that it soaks my pad.. I had seen my GP and see can do nothing but to comfort me to be positive and wait until Wednesday to have an earlier scan.. I am not able to keep away from thinking if I'm loosing my booba.. Has anyone experienced this before and still had a successful pregnancy?

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      Jk87 5 days ago

      Hello.

      I'm approx 5w6d. I've been lightly bleeding off and for now 5 days, Only noticeable when I use the restroom... Mostly dark red/brown and faint pink if any when wiping ... I've went to pcp who said bleeding is normal and give it a couple days and take another hpt. Tht was day 3 of off and on bleeding... Now at day 5, not bleeding more then I've been and still have multiple positive hpt. Obgyn won't see me until at least 7 wks. I'm terrified. I've Mc at 9 wks 12 years ago but have had two healthy pregnancies since then. I have no pain or discomfort, only breast tenderness and fatigue other then stress I feel fine. Just worried.? Can anyone relate?

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      Becki Rizzuti 12 days ago from Central Indiana

      Pregnancy tests may be less effective in later pregnancy. If you believe you may be four months or more pregnant, you should see your doctor.

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      Oyin 12 days ago

      I have bin spotting with brown blood for the past four months and having pregnancy symptoms but all my test and scan is negative and I feel movement in my Tommy. Please help me am worried.

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      Cheryl 3 weeks ago

      I am 32 days late...for the past two months i am having pinkish brownish bleeding...when I checked it was at 4 weeks and 8 weeks...all test return negative...what is happening to me

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 weeks ago from Central Indiana

      lalalollipop,

      When is your period due? Some women spot before their period arrives.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 weeks ago from Central Indiana

      Roxanne,

      It's probably nothing to worry about, but to be on the safe side, you should contact your doctor.

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      lalalollipop 4 weeks ago

      Hi, so I haven’t been getting my period since i’ve removed my implant 8 months ago and I’ve been TTC. Earlier this week I noticed spotting thinking it was my period but it went away. I took a pregnancy test this morning and last night and they both came out negative. Is it pregnancy or something else?. My spotting was pinkish. Please help.

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      Roxanne 4 weeks ago

      Hi I'm 12 weeks I've been spotting pinkish blood the past 3days I'm not experiencing lower abdominal pains is it something to worry about?

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      Ereyana 4 weeks ago

      I had a implant but I think it broke but I have been having unproctected sex with my partner and I been having a light redish pinkish blood go on for now a couple of days what does that mean

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      Becki Rizzuti 6 weeks ago from Central Indiana

      Rea, it sounds like you're probably having an atypical (for you) period. If you think you might be pregnant, than my advice is to take a pregnancy test.

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      Becki Rizzuti 6 weeks ago from Central Indiana

      Recruiter22, you are probably just fine, but it doesn't hurt to give your doctor a call for reassurance! Because you became pregnant via IVF, I'd want to take special precautions.

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      Rea ramlogan 6 weeks ago

      My last period was feb 09th.tiday I woke up with cramps and light watery spotting.headaches and that's it...please asist

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      Recruiter22 6 weeks ago

      Hi I’m almost 6 weeks pregnant and got pregnant through IVF since the day they did the transfer I’ve had cramping. This week we saw he embryo on the sonogram. The day after I had browning spotting for a few pees (it wasn’t a lot barely anything) . I haven’t had any since but still have cramping. I have a sink and blood in a few days. I just got nasueas for the first time yesterday but I’m so nervous I’m miscarrying. Anyone have these kind of symptoms and end up ok

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      Becki Rizzuti 6 weeks ago from Central Indiana

      It's *probably* normal but you'd have to consult with your doctor to be sure. I'd give a call and see if there's any way they'll see you sooner. Many don't like to see women until they are at least six weeks but it won't hurt you to ask!

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      Courtney 7 weeks ago

      Hi all.

      I recently had a baby (2 months ago)... for the last week I've had major bad pains in my lower left abdom , followed by a really bad pain in my shoulder and heading towards my kneck and then yesturday I went for a wee and had brown disgcharge on my underwear and pink blood when wiping. I've had the brain discharge for last 2 days now and only pink blood when I wipe and not wee. I've been feeling sick too.

      Does anyone no what's happening? As she m getting a bit worried.

      Thank you x

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      Jyl Zee 7 weeks ago

      Hi all, I see my doc in 2 weeks but I need to ask. I'm 35 I had my first child when I was 19 , I never had the tender Brest or spotting or morning sickness. But I had a miscarriage in Oct n I had all the signs but not spotting. So now I just turned 5 weeks I am just tied n upset tummy. But the other day I started a light pink mix with light brown discharge only when I wipe, it was on n off Afew days. N now I have today will be day 2 of light pink sometimes pink drop red water like flow but only when I wipe. No big omg cramp. Just like oh I think that's a cramp I feel something kinda thing, this normal or bad?

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      Ess 7 weeks ago

      Hello, I am 4-5 weeks pregnant and hve had brown spotting for the last 5 days. No pain or cramps but my boobs have stopped hurting. I have an appointment with my doctor in two weeks. Should I make an earlier appointment or just wait for 2 weeks, do you think? It might be difficult for me to see doctor any sooner

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      Mery 8 weeks ago

      I'm 36yo and have been trying to get pg for over a yr. I was due period Monday with nothing so I tested 2 home tests Monday positive, 2 home tests tues positive and urine test at md tues positive. Blood test came back low so md redid labs yesterday but I won't get results until Monday since wknd. I tested day of period due, bc 3 days later we had appt scheduled with fertility md for 1st appt.

      I've had mild cramps. No pain, more like queasy type cramps. Tired all the time. And then today at 3pm, wipe very small amt pink blood. Disappeared and then came back at 1030pm with small amt pink blood. Both only when I wipe...none on panties. Earliest OB can see me is Tuesday (4 days away). Im trying not to stress but this is 1st time I've had positive urine tests and period has been over 29 days. (Day 32 now). I'm praying this is normal and not a sign of chemical pregnancy.

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      Becki Rizzuti 8 weeks ago from Central Indiana

      Usually, but not necessarily. It's important either way to contact your doctor or midwife and get seen as soon as possible! In your shoes I'd check out the emergency room!

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      Jamie 8 weeks ago

      I'm 11 weeks pregnant. I've had lower back pain for about a week. Today I started bleading bright red blood. After an hour or so the bleading wasn't as bad but still having some. When I went to the bathroom blood also came out when I urinated. If I am having a miscarriage wouldn't I keep having a large amount of blood

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      Becki Rizzuti 2 months ago from Central Indiana

      Best wishes, Kye! I hope your appointment goes well!

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      Kye 2 months ago

      I’m really concerned about spotting. I’m about 7 weeks pregnant. This is my third pregnancy. The first one was blighted, and I miscarried the 2nd time. I had spotting in both so I’m really worried about this time. I already informed the doctor and about it and we’re going to find out today what causes the spotting.

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      Becki Rizzuti 2 months ago from Central Indiana

      That's a tough situation, Emily. I know this can be the case with some doctors not wanting to bother with women who are in the early phases of pregnancy.

      The good news is that "brown" is usually "old blood" which has been sitting on the cervix. It's not something I would encourage you to worry about, especially since you'll see your midwife on Wednesday (when they will be able to reassure you).

      Some discharge is "normal" (in the sense that it's nothing to be alarmed about). Remember that every pregnancy is different, and you might have different experiences with this pregnancy than with your last!

      I hope you get the reassurance you need!

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      Emily 2 months ago

      Hi, I’m 25 years old and 6 weeks pregnant today, I’m not due to see my midwife for my first initial booking app until Wednesday however I have no idea how I am going to relax until then. I have a four year old and have never experienced this before, basically for around a week now every other day a different colour discharge or blood is leaving me when I wipe,today however after a session at the gym I discovered a brown discharge which is what I usually see before I have my period, I don’t know who to speak to as my doctor basically told me last week that they don’t be really care about anyone under 12 weeks ( in so many words ) and I’m not sure my epu is self referral x

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      Becki Rizzuti 2 months ago from Central Indiana

      Because of your age I'd call just for the comfort of reassurance. Light pink probably isn't anything to worry about, but it's better to reassure yourself than not!

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      Bellybeans mom 2 months ago

      This is my first pregnancy and because I am 39 I am considered "high risk". I experienced some light pinkish spotting a couple of weeks ago and got really nervous but when I went for an ultrasound last week, the baby's heartbeat was fine and it seemed all was well. Last night I used the bathroom and wiped and saw the light pinkish spotting again but this morning I didn't see any; however, later in the day it came back. I don't have my appointment with my OB for another 3 weeks. Should I call and inform the nurse or just wait to see if anything else is going to happen?

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      Becki Rizzuti 2 months ago from Central Indiana

      Probably NOT a symptom of pregnancy based on how close you are to your next period. Some women (myself included) spot before their periods arrive.

      It's NOT too early to test though, so I'd go ahead and do that if I was you.

      Good luck!

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      SheenaC 2 months ago

      Now my lower back hurts, my ankles are slightly swelling, and having chest pains. My period is not due for a couple of days, so I decided I would wait and rest before I tested.

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      SheenaC 2 months ago

      I spotted 2/4/2018 it was red only when I wiped for like an hour. It was light and never touched my pad. Then turned brown for like 10 min and went off. My last period was 1/12/2018. I have slight cramping off and on this week, but that’s it. Is this an early pregnancy symptom?

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      Becki Rizzuti 2 months ago from Central Indiana

      See your doctor. This doesn't sound like pregnancy to me (it's not likely with your tubes tied and you wouldn't have pregnancy symptoms until after implantation (about ten days after ovulation).

      These symptoms could point to a variety of problems your OB/GYN should look out for, so please make an appointment!

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      Jessica Ivy30 2 months ago

      My husband and I had intercourse on my most fertile days. I've had my tubes tied back in 2016. After we had intercourse a couple of days later I woke up feeling nauseous and been vomiting, but mostly nauseous. I've been nauseous and vomiting going on 3 weeks now. This past Friday night I started to bleed.

      Now my period wasn't due yet. My period is regular! I've had no problems with my period until this past Friday. It started out light pink on the tissue. Then it turned red but not dark red. I know there is a difference in my bleeding.

      When I pee the blood is light pink in the toilet. The toilet would normally be full of blood when I'm on my period. But it's been light pink. I have blood clots here and there but nothing like my regular period. My pad hasn't been full of blood. I took 2 pregnancy test and they were negative.

      But the blood isn't flowing like how it normally would. I realize I've been feeling bloated. And my stomach started to get a little bigger. Since I became nauseous and vomiting. If I am pregnant I would only be 3 weeks and 5 days. The day of ovulation I woke up feeling nauseous. My period is due this week. I'm still bleeding today, but nothing hasn't change, it's still light pink after I pee in the toilet. Blood clots here and there, nothing like my normal period.

      Can you please help me! My husband and I had a total of 4 dreams of me being pregnant last month. He had 2 and I had 2. In one of my dreams I had a girl, and in one of his dreams I had a boy. I also had a dream last night of me being pregnant. Can you please tell me something!!! My cramps were mild.

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      Alecia 2 months ago

      I am seeing something like peal pink in my pad

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      Becki Rizzuti 2 months ago from Central Indiana

      Implantation occurs about 10 days AFTER ovulation. Any bleeding within hours of the baby dance is not likely implantation bleeding.

      However, two lines is two lines, no matter how faint those two lines are. I recommend taking a second test to confirm the positive, then contacting your doctor!

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      chey 2 months ago

      okay so i haven't had my period in 27 days and me and my partner had sex and about and hour later my vagina started felt very wet and i went to wipe after being and when i did there was light pinksh brownish blood with some vaginal mucus so should i be worried is this implantation bleeding whats going on about a week ago i got a negative and about 4 days ago I got a test that was trying to show a positive Please help

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      Becki Rizzuti 2 months ago from Central Indiana

      That's the right course of action! If you're ever worried and need reassurance, contact your doctor. I aim to reassure women, but you're always best to reach out to a medical professional.

      (Pink spotting probably isn't anything to worry about though.)

      Congrats on twins!

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      Jane 2 months ago

      I’ll be 12weeks tomorrow, I am pregnant with identical twins. When I woke up this morning I went to the bathroom & wiped & there was some pinkish discharge. I did have a miscarriage in 2013 so anything frightens or worries me. I immediately emailed my doctor.

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      Hello 2 months ago

      I do not find this article as beneficial as others said to be. I do not understand why red blood and cramping is serious. Not all people want to be pregant and some do want a misscarage. Not all people are ready to have children and they want to know if bright red blood and cramping means anything worse than a misscarage. ?? Anyone know? I refuse to go to the doctor for something like this.

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      Crista 3 months ago

      This is a great article! I found your information very easy to understand and it is very helpful, even for moms who’ve had babies :)

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 months ago from Central Indiana

      If you're concerned, you should contact your doctor. Your doctor is qualified to tell you whether you need to visit the emergency room.

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      Keisha 3 months ago

      I am 11wks 1d. I went to the restroom and when I wiped there was blood and a clot the color was a dark red. I had a miscarriage in 2016 November so everything scares me now. Should I go to the ER? No cramping or anything....

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 months ago from Central Indiana

      Janet, I would definitely see the doctor as soon as you can! Bright red spotting could be a bad sign. It's better to see your doctor and get the reassurance that you need.

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      Janet 3 months ago

      Hello I found out I was pregnant at 3 weeks. Today at 4 weeks 3 days I started with a brown discharge then small amount of bright red as the day went by I had more blood not enough to fill up a pad I had mild cramps but then went away. The next day I woke up and noticed my breast aren't sore anymore, should I worry now? I'm so confused my appt is tomorrow not sure if I should go today or just wait I have no pain.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 months ago from Central Indiana

      Stephanie, the best answer that I have for you is "probably." If it's old cervical blood (blood on your cervix) then the movement could cause the release of this blood.

      I'm NOT a professional, however. You've done the right thing in reaching out to your doctor. Keep up with the appointments and allow them to reassure you.

      When I was about ten weeks pregnant with my youngest I experienced a bleed so heavy that I was filling a pad an hour (and more). She was born healthy in spite of complications of the pregnancy. Blood does NOT necessarily mean that you're going to miscarry. If the ultrasound showed that the pregnancy is normal, try to rest assured that the pregnancy is normal and wait for the next ultrasound.

      Cramping can be caused by a number of things, including constipation (common in early pregnancy) and "round ligament pains" as your body prepares to support and carry a growing child.

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      Stephanie 3 months ago from Tucson

      I've had spotting and heavier bleeding on and off. I'm about 8 weeks. Last Friday (December 22) I had a gush of blood when I sat up in bed in the AM. I called the doc and she said not to worry as long as it wasn't filling A pad in an hour. I ended up going to the ER on Saturday at their recommendation and they did a whole workup as far as blood goes. They also did a lengthy (20+ minute) ultrasound looking for ectopic. Sunday I was super sore and bled a bit then woke up in Monday with no bleeding or anything. Tuesday was fine and then this afternoon I was outside running around with my dogs, and this evening I noticed heavier bleeding (not enough to fill a pad, but red when I wipe). I have an appointment for an ultrasound on Friday morning. I'm thinking the extra movement while playing with the dogs did it. I'm having some slight cramping but don't feel anything else otherwise. Could extra activity have caused the bleeding this evening? If it continues into tomorrow I will call the Dr for sure.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 months ago from Central Indiana

      Daniela, it sounds to me like you could do with having the support of other women who have experienced loss. I don't have any spectacular resources at my fingertips any more (I did when my daughter was new) but there are several online sources that will help you with support throughout pregnancy (which is especially difficult after a loss).

      Please don't "allow" your doctor to dismiss your concerns. You're the mother and you know your body THE BEST. If you're concerned, you deserve the reassurance that you need. I'm not a fan of ultrasounds for myself, but if you feel you need one, ask for one.

      I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope that you get the support and reassurance that you need.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 months ago from Central Indiana

      Kathryn, at two months pregnant it *may* be normal to have some pain which feels like period pains. Constipation can cause this type of pain, as well as what's known as "round ligament pains."

      Generally speaking the blood that comes with miscarriage is bright red and will fill a sanitary napkin within an hour.

      I am NOT a medical professional, however, and I recommend that you contact your midwife or doctor with any concerns regarding your pregnancy. They can help you with concerns and will be able to reassure you.

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 months ago from Central Indiana

      Naina, take a pregnancy test. It's been long enough since you ovulated that you should get accurate results from a sensitive test. Check your test's sensitivity to make sure that it's one of the more sensitive varieties and if you're unsure, retake after your missed period. If you're *still* unsure, consult with your doctor.

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      Daniela 3 months ago

      I recently took a pregnancy test since I began spotting on and off for 2 weeks... I have been spotting now for 1 week, it’s nothing major some days I have light pink some brown some red.. I went to the doctor and the nurse said that it was normal to only worry if I am cramping. I am worried because o had a previous miscarriage which cramps I will never forget.. this time around I’m just spotting . I honestly do not know how to cope with what’s going on since I’m traumatized from the previous miscarriage .

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      Kathryn Bridgwater 3 months ago

      Hello, i had my last period on the 23/10/17

      A few days ago i took a test at home which came out positive. ( havent been to doctors yet though) the day before yesterday i had a little bit of red blood and every time i wipe very light pink blood. And like period pains....

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      NAINA 3 months ago

      Hello, my ovulation day was on The 09th of December 2017. I began to have very light dark spotting in the am. It stopped since yesterday a day twice. And again went away. My expected period is 4days away. Could I possibly be pregnant?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 months ago from Central Indiana

      It could be implantation bleeding. "Red blood" always concerns me (when it's not time for AF), however. I'd give it another few days and take a pregnancy test.

      Your luteal phase (the phase between ovulation and period) is supposed to always be the same length, so the chances that it's an early period are slim.

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      Shay Depolito 4 months ago

      Hello, my ovulation day was on The 12th of December 2017. 9 dpo I began to have very light pink spotting in the am. It stopped and came back later in the evening time. And again went away. By 12 o'clock I began to experience a little red spotting. That turned into a very light flow the next day. My expected period is 6 days away. Is this Implantation bleeding or an early AF?? I'm usually regular on my cycle I've never experienced this problem before. Could I possibly be pregnant?

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      Becki Rizzuti 4 months ago from Central Indiana

      Implantation generally occurs 10-12 days past ovulation. If you ovulated on the 10th or 14th, you cannot be pregnant yet. Brown spotting could be from a number of causes, but unless this is typical for you, it's probably not your period. More likely it comes from cervical blood following the baby dance.

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      Becki Rizzuti 4 months ago from Central Indiana

      Brown spotting is generally not a cause for concern. If you're worried, always contact your doctor!

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      Jennifer 4 months ago

      my ovulation day was on December 10th the 14th of December I started bleeding the 15th and 16th it was like a brownish color and today when I wipe it's like a brown color does that mean I'm pregnant or did I just come on my period early

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      alice 4 months ago

      I took a pregnancy test and it came out positive but I see brown on my underwear should I worry

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      Yulia 5 months ago

      So my period supposedly to come on today but I started 3 days ago. It started light then it continued to be light and today the color of the flow is pinkish brown and I’m feeling crampy . Do I need to worry about it? What does that mean?

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      asodaria.renuka19@gmail.com 5 months ago

      my name is renuka and we started to baby planning and when we just started baby planning i have blooding within 20 days so what does that mean?

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      shanice 6 months ago

      hi my name is Shanice I'm 6 weeks pregnant today ive been bleeding on and off for days it goes from pink to light red then brown then back to pink this is my first pregnancy can anyone tell me what I should do please is this normal to have on and off bleeding...ive had no cramps or backache?i still have pregnancy syptoms

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      Thelma 6 months ago

      Am three weeks pregnant and am bleeding. Am scared am I loosing my baby. Last year I started bleeding when I was five weeks and ended up loosing my baby. Am scared it can repeat it self again. What should do

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      Danielle 6 months ago

      Hi so I had bright red blood when wiping last night not even to fill a panty liner but have like period pains with it. The bleeding has stopped this morning and i spoke to dr who has got a scan on wednesday with early pregnancy unit. Any ideas.

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      Shanique 7 months ago

      If u are three weeks pregnant and having on and off bleeding is it argent

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      Shawna 8 months ago

      Your article was helpful but I think you should mention subchorionic hemorrhages in the red blood section. I had one and it scared the crap out of me! I thought I was miscarrying because I had a sudden rush of bright red blood. Turns out baby is fine and it's actually a pretty common cause of first trimester bleeding.

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      Genesis Miranda 8 months ago

      I have light pink bleeding with cramps and back pain is this anything to worry about ? can someone tell me want it?

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      Stephanie 9 months ago

      On July 10th I started spotting brownish then light pink off and on until this day. My period is due July 17th. I have been nauseous. I can feel cramping my right lower back and right lower abdomen area. I don't know what this could be. It is driving me crazy.

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      Catrice 9 months ago

      2 days late for period , when I wipe see blood on the tissue

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      Monica 10 months ago

      10 weeks pregnant i see a spotting light pink blood should i be worride

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      Tee lind 11 months ago

      Hi so I had my tubes tied 9 yrs ago n I always had my monthly on time we'll this month it was 9 days late n it was blownish n slimy I'm worry cuz I never bleed this color b4 n it didn't even last 5 days. I bleed one day then jus spotted for a day or 2 n stop like on my 3rd day I'm always heavy n I had nothing jus spot here n there . I have been feeling diffent in my body like I'm always tired have these headache feel sick here n there I took a pt n it said nagiv-- but I took it y I was still spotting could I be pregnant I had my tubes tied n I feel so attach to my belly lately jus like wen I was with my other kids I never took a test I jus always New n that's how's I feel but with the tubes idk what y'all think ????

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      Yessica 12 months ago

      I went to the hospital yesterday for bleeding I'm 7weeks pregnant they said everything is oky baby as well . but just now I went to the restroom I wiped and their was a blood clot on my tissue I'm super scared what's wrong or what do I do help please

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      Jenny 13 months ago

      Hey well it's 2 in the morning and I got up to so I can use the restroom and I wiped and I was bleeding it was pink and then I went to bed then 10 mins later I went to the bathroom again and I wiped and it was brown I'm 3 months pregnant. What dose this mean ?

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      Kororina morrell 14 months ago

      Hi I recently took a pregnancy test on the 16/02/2017 and it was positive, I had taken a nap on the 18/02/2017 and went to use the toilet and when I had a pee there was alot of blood in the toilet and when I wiped there was a lot of blood om the toilet paper, so I contacted the hospital and got checked out, they took another pregnancy test and it came back positive and also done blood tests and a internal scan due to the fact they couldn't see anything with a normal scan test... Only options was either A) I was having a miscarriage B) ectopic pregnancy C) to early in pregnancy to tell... I wasnt satisfied with the results... I'm still bleeding but its not heavy or nor am I clotting or having cramps... Any other advice would be good!!

      Thanks

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      Shaniquel 15 months ago

      When i went to the bath room in the middle of the night i seen blood on my panties and went back to the bathroom and it was brown also brown when i wipe yes i am prancey

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      Hmm 2 years ago

      There's a reason you missed for bleeding. Subchorionic hemmorhage/hematoma. These can cause any type of bleeding up to heavy red bleeding with clots and usually do not indicate miscarriage.

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      Cindy 2 years ago

      I just found out i am pregnant and today i started cramping like i was going to get my menstrual cycle. I am now bleeding when i go to the bathroom red little beady clots come out. Help?

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      Jess 2 years ago

      I have light pink bleeding with cramps and back pain is this anything to worry about ?

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      sarah 2 years ago

      I'm really confused. On 13th of April last month I had my period and finished on the 17th. 6th of may I had 4 little dots of pinkish red blood and then nothing 20 days late of my period yesterday I had pinkish blood it doesn't look like my period because it's always red am i pregnant or not .

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      Choie 3 years ago

      I don't no if this is still in use. However I'm around 5-6 week pregnant, I had a little bleed after intercourse 5 days ago and I had my bloods took and they confirmed I was pregnant. They booked me in for an ultrasound the next day. However because I'm so early they said hey wouldn't expect to see a fetous in the pregnacy sac just yet so they're booked me back in for an ultrasound on the 9th April, however I went to the bathroom before for a wee and they've a little bit of pink blood on the tissue. Iv just been again and when I wipped they've bloody on the tissue but this was more red and it looked like the type of blood one has when on their period. It wasn't a lot of blood but because this is my first pregnacy and I'm only 17 I'm abit worried. The weird think is that im experiencing no pain, I have a weird tingling sensation in my Vagina That I normally get when I'm about to come on my period. I had this tingling sensation when I was due on my period around the 17th-19th of each month but it turned out I was pregnant .

      I just don't no what to do or what to think in regards to this little bleed.

      Is there a chance that this could be a miscarriage??

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      may 3 years ago

      I'm 8 days delayed on my period, my period supposed to arrived on March 15,2015,today im having a lower back cramps, and have a pink blood when I wipe, what does this mean?? Does it mean im not pregnant??

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      bisu 3 years ago

      My husband make love to me on d 15 feb,the next day my period started 16feb.and i ended it on 21 feb,bt since than my husband have make love with me,bt now am seeing pink on my pant.please i my pregnant because i dont no.

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      jen 3 years ago

      I texted positive on my test which have been days ago, but haven't seen my doctor yet. I recently had an miscarriage months ago. I've just experienced some light pink blood should I be worried?

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      Samuel Wright 3 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      My wife and I had been trying for years to get pregnant and finally, after being married for about ten years, we give up. nineteen years into the marriage we were not expecting it, but it happened.

      About one month into the pregnancy she started significant "Spotting". With all the health issues that she had had in the past, we both went into panic mode. Rushed to the OB-GYN with her crying and me close to it, both of us sure that we were going to lose the baby.

      Everything turned out fine, I forget what they called it, but it had to do with her age (in her 40s) and the fact that she has endometriosis. We did have to go back once a week until the term and Gideon was born perfectly healthy.

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      Vikram Chauhan 3 years ago from Chandigarh

      Bleeding during pregnancy is common, especially during the first trimester, and usually it's no cause for alarm. But because bleeding can sometimes be a sign of something serious, it's important to know the possible causes, and get checked out by your doctor to make sure you and your baby are healthy.

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      lona 3 years ago

      I missed my periods last month I am 40yrs on 1 november I started spotting first it was dark brown blood then pinkish sometimes watery and I have pain in my left leg , ligh pain in lower abdomen and lower back pain my breasts are big and tender

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      confused gal. 3 years ago

      Hiiee...

      I have been trying to conceive for a couple of months now. I had my periods on October 7 and till now I haven't had them. I have been experiencing menstrual cramps, tender breasts, lower back ache and extreme hunger. Also, I feel like a small ball is there on my left side and it hurts sometimes. I have gained weight like some 5 kgs. Please let me know if I am pregnant. I haven't taken the pregnancy test for the fear that it might come negative as it is early now. Please advise me.

      Thanks...

      God bless.

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      Lib 3 years ago

      I know this is an older thread but if your still giving advice? Hi, i'm 8 weeks pregnant. Confirmed with US, fetal pole and HB high in uterus. I have had spotting of all sorta of colors- red, brown, pink milky- over the past 18 days (md is monitoring with weekly checkups).

      You had mentioned that you experienced spotting while pregnant. How long of a time period was that? What advice did your md give (pelvic rest, bed rest, progesterone supplements, anything?). Did they find a cause or reason for it?

      I read everywhere that bleeding in early pregnancy is normal, but for how long and with no apparent cause? Can you bleed for entirety of pregnancy with a healthy baby at the end?

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      Eymer 3 years ago

      Had my period between 3rd and 7th Sept. Did a pregnancy test on the 16th Oct and it was positive. Unfortunately on the 20th Oct I started bleeding which went from pink to bright red with tiny clots and no pain. The bleeding does not soak a full pad. Went to the Doctors and the ultra sound showed an empty uterus not even a gestation sac could be seen. Doctor said it might either be too soon for the ultrasound to pick anything was put on bed rest but I'm really scared if I have lost my little love though the bleeding has subsided after medication with duphaston. Its now brown blood

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      latonya 3 years ago

      Well 5 weeks ago me and my boyfriend had sex the condom broke. The next week he starts to throw up and get sick everyday. My menstrual is 5 weeks late my breast been sore been tired and sleeping more than usual & irritable. Been under a lot of stress and yesterday when i took a shower blood and clots were just run in the whole shower was bright red. Before that happened my side was hurting a bit but never felt that feeling before. Did i have a miscarriage?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Central Indiana

      Brown blood is generally an indication of "old blood" that has been on your cervix and is now being expelled. the Baby Dance can be the cause of disrupting the blood on your cervix and therefore make you bleed off-cycle.

      If it's two weeks before your period, and you had your previous cycle as expected, and if we assume that your cycles are "normal" (28-34 days), then it's too early for you to be pregnant. Pregnancy begins when an egg implants in the endometrium, and that occurs about ten days after your ovulation (but as many as twelve d.p.o.). If you're two weeks from your next period, you may be in your fertile window right now, which means that you could not be pregnant for up to another two weeks or so.

      After implantation, it's safe to test.

      If the bleeding changes color or begins to look like a period, contact your doctor. Off-cycle bleeding isn't normal and may be an indication of reproductive problems.

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      renae17 3 years ago

      Hi its been three weeks since ive had unprotected sex with my boyfriend this week only my lower back started hurting a lot. And tonight when had sex again but when i got home and used the bathroom when i wiped there was brown blood and its two weeks to early for me to start my period. i was just wondering if there is anything i should be worried about. I haven't taken a pregnancy test yet and I also wanted to know if i should or shouldn't?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Central Indiana

      Call your doctor, Suzanne. If you've been TTC for that long without success, it's better to put your mind at ease than it is to wait it out. If you're worried, you should make that call: That's what he's there for.

      Chances are that without cramping it's nothing to be concerned about, but it's worth making sure.

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      Suzanne Johnson 3 years ago from Bayfield, Colorado

      Hi first off it may be important to know we have been trying for 2 1/2 years to conceive. We'll yesterday I was 5 days late so I decided to take a test and it was positive! I took a digital one this morning and it said pregnant 2-3. Well I went to the bathroom and had mild cramping so I kinda "went up there" sorry tmi and had some red blood on my cervix. I haven't had bad cramping or prolonged cramping but do get a few tinges here and there. Does this mean I'm having a miscarriage? Please help I'm so scared I'm losing this baby already

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Central Indiana

      @Chantellen: Talk to your doctor. If the bleeding is heavy, you need to get it checked out!

      @lynn: If you're bleeding any time in your cycle other than during your period, you need to see your doctor to get it checked out. Bleeding outside of your normal period isn't normal.

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      lynn 3 years ago

      i was having pink like blood spots for last two weeks but today i have seen red spots while in the washroom but i don't have any pain and i don't know if am pregnant pliz help me what is wrong ?

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      Chantellen 3 years ago

      I should have stated with my heavy bleeding an clearblue test saying I'm 1-2 weeks there was no cramps or clots just don't know what to think of this

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      Chantellen 3 years ago

      I had a clearblue pregnancy test stating I'm 1-2 weeks but I woke up this Morning with pink red blood heavy for about 20 mins now spotting what could this b?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Central Indiana

      @lynn: Assuming that you're pregnant, if it's pink you might have scratched yourself a little bit. Talk to your doctor to be absolutely certain (I'd hate to steer you wrong) but pink spots generally aren't cause for too much worry.

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      lynn 3 years ago

      from last week sometimes i just see pink spots on my pant or when i clean myself in washroom. what could be the problem ?

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      Becki Rizzuti 3 years ago from Central Indiana

      Only your doctor can tell you if you miscarried. She should have done blood tests when you first found out that you were pregnant and again when you started to bleed and cramp. A drop in your hormone levels (or a lack of rise) over a two day period indicates miscarriage.

      i cramped and bled during my pregnancy with my six year-old, so there's no way of knowing without further medical testing.

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