Many Women Bleed During Pregnancy!
As a result of my two misdiagnosed miscarriages, I've done a lot of research about potential pregnancy complications. I now run a website about misdiagnosed miscarriages, and I frequently hear from women who want to know if their bleeding or spotting means that their pregnancy is doomed.
I personally experienced bleeding and spotting during my own pregnancies, so I very much understand the uncertainty, fear, and confusion that arises with these episodes.
Unfortunately, some doctors do not tell women much about what might cause the bleeding, and some even lead women to believe that they are miscarrying—even when they are not.
I'd like to share with you what I've learned about bleeding in the first trimester—and why, for many women, there is still hope for a viable pregnancy.
Why You May Be Bleeding
Let's just get down to the nitty-gritty here. I don't want you to have to dig through this article looking for the reason you may be bleeding. Here are the most common reasons I've found.
Less Serious Reasons You May Be Bleeding
- Sex - Your cervix is very sensitive and tender right now. Any contact can cause spotting or bleeding.
- Internal Exam - Again, your cervix may become irritated during the exam. It is not uncommon for women to tell me that spotting began within 24-48 hours of an exam.
- Transvaginal Ultrasound - Again, your cervix is a bit irritated. Particularly if you have a tilted uterus, techs tend to really shove everything around in there to get a good view. Don't be alarmed if you look a week or two behind, or if the tech cannot see the baby. This is common with a retroverted uterus. Toward the end of the first trimester, the dates will be on track again.
- Bowel Movement - So many women have told me they've been constipated and really straining. As a result, they've noticed spotting or even heavy bleeding during the following day or so.
- Progesterone Supplements - Many women have reported harmless spotting or bleeding while taking supplements.
- Implantation - Sometimes spotting or bleeding will occur around the time your period was due. Often, women will report it as a light period or spotting.
More Serious Reasons You May Be Bleeding (Care Required)
- Infection - Whenever you have any unusual discharge, you should be examined. Bleeding does not always accompany an infection, but it is always a possibility. If you have any pain, tenderness, foul-smelling discharge, or fever, go to your doctor as soon as possible.
- Urinary Tract Infection - UTIs can cause spotting. Visit your doctor right away; an untreated UTI can compromise the pregnancy.
- Dehydration - Some women have experienced spotting as a result of dehydration. Sometimes their hCG levels will temporarily plateau or dip—but once they are hydrated, their hCG levels will jump back up again.
- Vanishing Twin - Due to the frequent use of early ultrasound, researchers now know that up to 1 in 10 pregnancies start off with multiples but end up with a single baby. Most often, women will not ever know they have a "vanishing" twin. They may show signs of miscarriage, however. Their hCG levels may plateau or drop, sometimes by quite a bit. Bleeding ranges from spotting to what appears to be an actual miscarriage. I've had women tell me they thought they completely miscarried—only to return to their doctor a few weeks later and find out there was still a baby.
Most Serious Reasons You May Be Bleeding (Care Required)
- Miscarriage - With roughly one in five (or six) pregnancies ending in miscarriage, there is the chance that bleeding may indicate an actual miscarriage. Often the bleeding will be associated with cramping, but keep in mind that many women cramp during viable pregnancies, as well.
- Molar Pregnancy - This is the growth of abnormal tissue. If you have hCG levels that are abnormally high and you are bleeding, your doctor may suspect a molar pregnancy. An ultrasound can catch this fairly early. Rather than a gestational sac, the image will look like a bunch of grapes or have a snowstorm look to it.
- Ectopic Pregnancy - If you experience any stabbing pains, whether it be in the lower abdomen, shoulder, neck, or chest—even if there is no bleeding—you need to be seen by a doctor right away.
Bleeding Is Common During the First Trimester
Research indicates that up to 1 in 3 women will bleed at some point during their pregnancy. Of the women who spot and bleed, many continue their pregnancies.
You should always contact your physician if you have had bleeding.
You must see your doctor immediately if you show any signs of infection, fever, heavy clotting, dizziness, pain (whether abdominal or in the chest, shoulder, or neck), urination pain, passing of tissue, and/or dehydration.
Some physicians are more pessimistic. Please, expect that up front. I cannot tell you how many women have been told by their doctor to expect a miscarriage—myself included—but have then gone on to carry the pregnancy to term.
This is why you need to educate yourself. If you know dehydration is an issue, hydrate yourself. If you've recently had an exam or sex, try not to do anything to further irritate the cervix. If you have an infection, be treated immediately.
It is sad to say, but some doctors will quickly, and I would say prematurely, recommend a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure. Unless there is a serious complication, like molar pregnancy, serious infection, or ectopic pregnancy, you can ask to wait before doing this procedure.
Just take it easy, as much as possible, and make sure you see your doctor if you show any sign of the complications mentioned above.
Important New Guidelines for Diagnosing a Miscarriage
The UK is the first country to acknowledge that misdiagnosed miscarriages are indeed a problem.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has revised its guidelines. If your gestational sac is more than 25 mm and/or the CRL is 7 mm or more, you should wait a week to verify (if there are no complications). If the measurements are less, you are too early to diagnose.
For more information (and something to take to your doctor), please see my article: New Blighted Ovum Guidelines! You ARE Being Diagnosed Too Soon! I believe every woman deserves to have no doubt before having her pregnancy ended.
WebMD has a very useful background article about the first trimester, including what to expect and possible problems.
I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you have questions or suggestions for how to improve this article to make it more helpful for women, please comment below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Gladys on March 10, 2020:
Ever since late last year I felt something was going on in my body, but all pregnant test came out negative,it was until 3 weeks ago when I tested positive and 18 weeks pregnant.funny enough I had bleeding for the first 3 months, I'm happy and I thank God.
Lisa on September 27, 2019:
Thanks, this article was helpful. A subchorionic hemorrhage is another common cause of bleeding and cramping in pregnancy.
LJT on April 29, 2018:
Thank u for this I have been experiencing some issues and being 41 having not carried a child in 14 yrs has been scary at best but then to be having issues that the doctors just say oh your going to have a miscarriage and walk away leaving you hurt and feeling hopeless. I have other children but I never had to research any difficulties because they always knew what was wrong until this one with new doctor because my doctor who delivered my last 4 no longer practice has been a challenge. I didn’t know any of these causes for bleeding except miscarriage Becca that to has been a fate of others. I didn’t know your levels could drop and rise again or even know what they were until this one. Thank U was just looking for hope
Tm on February 22, 2018:
I'm having light pink/reddish bleeding only when i wipe today. Had sex last night and my exam was 2 days ago. My back always hurts so that doesn't help determine anything and I've been nauseous for 4 weeks. I am also very dehydrated today. Very worried but doc said if it gets worse go to the ER or to call tmrw for an ultrasound.
Jessica Bordelon on February 24, 2017:
I now know of 3 other women besides myself who had bleeding, 3 of us 4 were told we had a miscarriage only to find out any where from a few hours to a few weeks later that our pregnancies were fine.
Some doctors are not aware of how rare bleeding means miscarriage.
I have found articles in medical journals that found up to 80% of women who experience vaginal bleeding in the first trimester did not miscarry in their studies.
Relax. Pay attention to your symptoms. Have your hcg monitored and get ultrasounds a few times before thinking the worst.
Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on May 15, 2014:
Great of you to share your personal experience, Cari_Kay! This offers hope to many women since you are someone who understands what they are going through.
Kay (author) on August 18, 2013:
@anonymous: Do you have an update?
anonymous on July 25, 2013:
This article makes me feel a lot better and regain my hopes in my first pregnancy. I visited my doctor last July 22 as I was having mild to moderate brown spots for a week. Yes, it's true doctors are more pessimistic and most likely expect a worst case scenario. She said it's a 50/50 chances on my pregnancy and prescribed a progesterone pill on me. As per my LMP I should be 8 weeks pregnant by the time I visited her but when we did the TransVaginal exam, she saw something and not even sure if it was gestational sac but then if it could it just measured 4 weeks. My hopes immediately went down after my appointment with her. Hope anyone can help me figure out or have the similar situation as mine. Thanks.
anonymous on July 24, 2013:
This page made me feel a whole lot better about my spotting and it explained the reasons well. Thank you so much!
anonymous on June 04, 2013:
Hello, I'm 22 years old and this is my second pregnancy, I have a 3 yr old daughter....6 days ago i went to the hospital for bleeding with little to no cramping. The Dr took my blood and my HCG levels were 16000. My cervix was closed and when they did the vaginal ultrasound said the baby was in the right spot, not my tubes like she mentioned could be causing the bleeding. Soon after the Dr came in and told me she was sorry but my baby didn't have a heartbeat. I was devastated and asked her multiple times if she was sure. She said she was and sent me home, incomplete abortion. Just yesterday I went to another Dr and she diagnosed me with a blighted ovum. When I went to the hospital I should've been 5weeks 6days. Yesterday I would've been 6 weeks 3 days. But the Dr at the hospital said the baby didn't have a heartbeat. And the Dr yesterday said there was never a baby. She wants me to get a D&E but I told her I want to wait. I go in again Thursday and I'm going to ask her to do blood work to see my HCG levels. I didn't know I should wait til 9 weeks after being diagnosed with this, I actually never even knew this existed, but depending on the appointment and my HCG levels Thursday, I'm going to wait. Oh I bled Thursday and Friday but not a lot at all, and I've been spotting since with brown blood...I just wanted to get this all off my chest since I don't know anyone who has been diagnosed with a blighted ovum like I have and maybe get some feedback... Thank you for your website.
Kay (author) on April 09, 2013:
@anonymous: Well, it's not a bad thing :) Honestly, I've talked to people who miscarried who had not symptoms at all and then others who bled heavily (like myself) and were fine. But, not bleeding is DEFINITELY preferable :)
anonymous on April 09, 2013:
I have an opposite type of question...I know that spotting doesn't always mean bad news, but does no spotting automatically mean everything is fine?I have suddenly no symptoms, but no spotting or cramps, and so I wonder how much I can count on the "no spotting = good news" factor.
JoleneBelmain on April 07, 2013:
I have had 4 kids, and for 3 of them I bled in the first trimester. It wasn't a huge gush or anything, just some spotting for a couple of days, then it seemed to go away. I am not sure if I have ever had a miscarriage, and if I have it was when I was 19 years old. I was pretty late one month, and had a lot of cramping after that during my following period. I never went to the doctor and got it checked out, but I'm sure it was fine since I've had just a few children since then ;)
Kay (author) on March 27, 2013:
@Wendy Leanne: So many women do and it is truly a scary time! So glad to hear it all worked out!
Kay (author) on March 27, 2013:
@anonymous: So glad you shared your story. Sounds definitely a bit like my own. In my case, though, it was a series of small 'strokes' my placenta had. Makes us appreciate those babies just that much more! Thank you for sharing!
anonymous on March 27, 2013:
YES, I bled a gush! After two years of TTC, DH & I finally tried IVF, and I got pregnant @ 39 y.o.! About 6 weeks into the pregnancy, while sitting calmly on the couch, a sudden gush of blood filled my crotch, drenched my pants and spilled out onto the sofa!!! I was nearly inconsolable, certain I had miscarried. DH called our doc, and he told me to lie flat on my back with my bottom slightly raised, and not to change that position until I could come in for an ultrasound the next day. Wow, was that a sleepless night! But, during the ultrasound, there was that beautiful, little heartbeat just pulsing away! I now have a quite healthy 12 y.o. son!What had happened then? The otherwise normal placenta had simply, ever so slightly, pulled away from my uterine wall. Doc said sometimes it just happens. Not caused by anything I did or didn't do! As my pregnancy continued, the gap remained until my giant belly pushed it closed.Most likely, I've since learned (following my recent hysterectomy) there was a small bit of scar tissue or a fibroid that was initially part of where the embryo had attached, but as the baby grew, this area of my uterus couldn't stretch, so the placenta was forced to disconnect. The blood, once flowing into the placenta through this questionable area, had no where to go and created a pool, until the pressure became so high that the blood was forced out of the area in one big gush. Once the initial pressure was released, then the placenta acted like a pressure bandage--lying against this area--but not reattaching to it. After the gush, there was some trickling blood, but the pressure of the expanding placenta was enough to stop the bleeding.Heck, maybe the placenta itself considered that to be a weak spot and simply removed itself from it? Never underestimate the wisdom of our bodies!
Wendy Leanne from Texas on March 08, 2013:
I bled at 7 weeks with my second baby. I bled lightly all day long. I thought for sure I was about to miscarry, but he was healthy and the rest of the pregnancy went without a hitch.
Kay (author) on February 14, 2013:
@Gypzeerose: Thank you! I agree, resting is crucial. I really believe that helped save my son when I kept hemmorhaging!
Rose Jones on February 14, 2013:
Your lenses are always a beacon of hope for pregnant women. I thought it was interesting that dehydration could cause spotting, it is so important to stay hydrated. I also think a lot of pregnant women work too hard. If there was anyway to prevent that, resting is important. Happy Valentine's Day - blessings!
StillPlaysWithT on January 17, 2013:
My wife and I lost our first child to premature labor. During her second pregnancy, she "spotted" at about 20 weeks. It was a Sunday and she said she'd call the doctor. I insisted on taking her to emergency room instead, where they determined she was starting labor. She ended up spending a few weeks in the hospital on a mag drip until the doctors said our son was developed enough to be born. They took her of the mag and our son (now 7) was born about 12 hours later. I think we'd have lost him if I hadn't made my wife go to the hospital on the day she "spotted."
C A Chancellor from US/TN on December 17, 2012:
Good information for pregnant women!
anonymous on November 16, 2012:
After our first sonogram three days later I had spotting and freaked out. When I went to the doctor's I asked if rough intercourse had caused me to spot she replied that sex during doesn't cause spotting. After doing my research, I learned that this was not true at all. This is very informative article. Thanks so much for putting a thorough page up to help put our mind's at ease.
Melissa Miotke from Arizona on October 19, 2012:
I never bled thankfully because I freak out about every little thing when I'm pregnant. I have heard that it can be normal though.
Delia on October 19, 2012:
Very informative lens, nicely done! With my second pregnancy I bled and my doctor put me on some kind of medication. Years later I found out the medication can cause cancer in the born child later in life....just what I wanted to hear!~d-artist Squid Angel blessing~
anonymous on August 22, 2012:
Ok my husband and i have been trying to conceive this month. Ivhad four days of brown spotting very little only when i went to the restroomand wiped with toilet paper thats when i saw it nothing big enough to wear a pad.so then at 12dpo i got what i thought was my period medium flow and it lasted till the next morning only one day!!!im on day14dpo my last negative test was on the 12dpo when should i test again???the test i took at 10dpo there was a second faint line...!!so confused
Modzed on August 17, 2012:
Nice one! :)
Childbirth_Educator on August 05, 2012:
I'm sure this will help a lot of women and keep them from going into complete panic.
sheezie77 on June 24, 2012:
Nice information, thank you for sharing! SQuidlike
LouisaDembul on April 21, 2012:
It is true there can be many reasons for bleeding. Always good to check with the doctor. I'm one of those who had some bleeding in the first trimester and successfully carried the pregnancy to completion!
AJ from Australia on April 16, 2012:
There is hope! My daughter is living proof. Blessings to you all.
Rosaquid on March 29, 2012:
Thank you for the valuable, easy-to-grasp information.
Rosaquid on March 29, 2012:
Thank you for the valuable, easy-to-grasp information!
Wendy Hughes from Charlotte on March 20, 2012:
As I said in your other lens, I spotted during my first trimester and gave birth to healthy twin boys! I'm not sure if another twin died or I just spotted for whatever reason. My good fried really bled but gave birth to a healthy full-term boy. So much can happen; it's important to keep hope alive.
anonymous on February 09, 2012:
@anonymous: Has your doctor tested you for a UTI?
anonymous on January 31, 2012:
@anonymous: hi ashley i saw your post and u said u were bleeding .... and ur baby survive ... i want to ask you this,,.. when you were bleeding do you have discharges at the same time ???? .i when to the doctor las week and the did my blood level test it was in hcg 160 and i went back after 5 days it was hcg 120 and i am 7 week pregnant now .... i dont know they said may i am miscarriage ... i am so scare please any answer ...thank you
anonymous on January 28, 2012:
@anonymous: Hi guys!This is my first pregnancy and on week 4 day 2 I started bleeding and cramping. When I went to the hospital, the doc said my hgc levels were a bit low at 207. I've been taking blood tests every 2 days since and have been doubling (207, 426, 825). The doctor wants me to come in yet again on Monday... Im getting worried as I am still bleeding (cramping has subsided) and have thin strings of blood along with my bleeding. Is this normal??? Any information would be much appreciated!!
anonymous on January 28, 2012:
@anonymous: Hi guys! This is my first pregnancy and I've been bleeding since week 4 day 2. Im now at week 4 day 6 and I am concerned. The blood is dark red/brown and string like stuff also appears. I've been going for blood tests every 2 days since the initial bleeding (also experience cramping) and I've been almost doubling every time (207, 426, 825). Is this bleeding really normal? The doc wants me to go in yet again on Monday... Any insight would be great!
anonymous on January 10, 2012:
@anonymous: Hi Ashley,this is my second pregnancy - I spotted lightly with my son usually after intercourse. This time it's heavier and it's been almost 3 weeks straight. Dr said pregnancy looks fine but I'm concerned about cancer or hemorhage - how were they able to diagnose your cause for bleeding and what did treatment include?Many thanks!Nicole
anonymous on January 08, 2012:
Hi after finding out i was one week and a half pregnant i had sex and the next night around 10:45 i was spotting very light pink around 11:30pm i was bleeding heavy. I went to the doctor only for them to tell me i was miscarrying and then say ,y hcg levels had dropped,but 2 days later the bleeding completely stopped.I had no cramping no pain anywhere i was just scared b/c i was bleeding.do you have any ideas?
anonymous on January 04, 2012:
i found this info very helpful! unlike most websites they babble on about things not related to the topic therefore they lose track of the subject but you got straight to the point with many different results to many of my questions and thoughts so thank you.
anonymous on January 01, 2012:
I did bleed heavily on and off for 2 months straight. HCG levels were lower etc. I ened having a slight hemorrhage in the uterus from implantation. My baby did survive and shes now 2 years old and healthy.
Hrsshoe on November 28, 2011:
good lens this also happens more than we may know. It is a pity that doctors dont have better lines of communication with their pregnant patients.
anonymous on November 21, 2011:
I just wanted to say thank you, two nights ago (and last night) I had the hardest time and reading this page made me feel better and gave me comfort for the time being...I did have a miscarriage though, but I am fully aware it was nothing I could do against mother nature. I just wanted to share how it looked...just like getting the period, spotting one day, the next day started bleeding, not heavy immediately, I asked for help, got a progesterone shot, Vitamin E, double dose of Magnesium but still started bleeding heavily, it felt just like the menstrual pain I've been normally having , then started something like contractions, of course less less strong than real ones (I know this was my second pregnancy) and heavy bleeding. Rushed out to hospital but it was done...This is not to scare anyone or loose faith, I just wanted to say you helped me trough one of my toughest nights...
anonymous on November 18, 2011:
Hello ladies, after 13 years we finally fell pregnant again, my older children were estatic, I was 5 weeks. A week later I started spotting, went to ER and was told I was miscarrying. I was devasted, Dr then removed a sac and asked if I wanted to see, I declined, crying in silence for the baby we'd been waiting for. A week after that visit I was laying in bed when I had the most awful abdominal pain, I got to the toilet just in time. I was experiencing a full blown miscarriage. During the night it happened three more times. I took pain relief. Three weeks had passed, and I was still feeling ill, my breasts were plump and sensitive and I was feeling like crap. Visited my usual GP who told me that I may be going through an eptopic pregnancy. More devastation. I was sent for a scan feeling quite hopeless. Then the sonologist tells me something I wasnt expecting "have a look at the heartbeat dear" our beautiful baby boy was born 10weeks early on the 12th June 2011...... dont be disheartened, miracles do happen xox
anonymous on November 15, 2011:
Hi everyone I'd just like to share my story with everyone it's my first time here. My last of my first period was on 27th aug 2011 I fouls out on 25th sept I was pregnant. Went to my gp on Tuesday and was told I'm a month. I had brown discharge for about 2 weeks then only last Thursday in the morning at work I felt like I was bleeding. Went toilet and I was bleeding. Saw my gp and they said its a threatened miscarriage and over the weekend I had bright red blood with small clot so I went to EPU Yesterday morning and I was shocked with the scan!!!!! I was told that I am pregnant but according toy dates I should be 11weks 2 days but my scan showed I'm 51/2 weeks and there's a chance I might have ovulated late or a chance of a miscarriage. I was so upset and stressed out I didn't know what to do. So I did a pregnancy home pregnancy test and it matched with my scan dates.... I'm still confused but I'm not bleeding much but I'm having period pains please help me. I have to go back to EPU next week to check what's happening. Any advice? Thanks
anonymous on November 11, 2011:
Thank you for all your posts. I have been having all the early signs of pregnancy, according to what to expect website I should be 4 weeks. I had a spot or two 7 days again, went a couple of days and then started light bleeding. My periods are normally really heavy and lasts several days. I had been worried that I may have gotten my hopes again only to have them dashed out. But I now know that there is still hope. Thanks so much.
anonymous on November 01, 2011:
I hope this may give some hope. My first pregnancy I miscarried at 9 1/2 weeks. I started bleeding a lot and having cramps. Then my second pregnancy I was 6 weeks and went to the bathroom one day and saw a toliet full of bright red blood. No major cramping, I had only had light cramping just like a normal pregnancy but full on start if period type blood. I got so scared I was going to lose this one too do I went to the ER to see if I was ok. They did an ultrasound and saw a heartbeat. I followed up with my doctor the next week and he basically told me I may miscarry. I didn't believe him but he was so negotiate. Anyway, I carried full term and had a very healthy baby girl! No problems at all after that.
anonymous on October 26, 2011:
@anonymous: Hi Lori,Can you describe your bleeding a little to me? I'm 5 weeks pregnant and have light bleeding, which started shortly after I started taking a progesterone suppository called prometrium. Because I had a miscarriage in May 2011 (6 months ago), I don't know if this is a negative sign. I show no other symptoms like cramping or anything but I do have some twitching on and off in my abdominal area.
anonymous on October 26, 2011:
@anonymous: Hi Christina,I hope things turned out positive. Due you mind sharing with me what happened. I am 5 weeks and started having light bleeding. I'm also taking prometrium and don't know if that could be irritating my cervix and causing light bleeding. Hope to hear from you.
anonymous on October 14, 2011:
Just read your bleeding during pregancy and it relieved my mind so much! I started worrying and realized afer reading this, my baby and I may be ok. I don't have a doctor appt for another 2 weeks so thank you for putting me at ease until then.
anonymous on August 18, 2011:
Am 8wks pregnant and was given first scan appointment due on 20/08/2011 but on the 17/08/11 started bleeding went to A&E was query ectopic after blood test and internal examination.Was admitted for the night and ultrasound done this morning no heart beat found was offered D&C which i have declined. I just hope that this pregnacy is not a miscarriage. With all these reassuring experiences, my prayer is that i will also get to share my testimony to many out there who may be hurting just like i was when i recieved the sad news.
anonymous on August 17, 2011:
This is very helpful. I already have a healthy little boy, but my husband and I have been trying to have another child. I had a miscarriage last November and now I am 6 weeks pregnant again. I just started bleeding with a little bit of clots, yet I still have all the symptoms of being pregnant. My doctor has yet to give me any answers and I wont really find out anything until Friday. I have been putting a lot of stress on myself wondering what is going on and trying to prepare myself for the worst. Although I am still afraid to get my hopes up, I am relieved to know there are many other reasons why this could be happening, besides what I keep reading over and over in the books. Thank you for sharing this information.
Rajkumarsingh on July 23, 2011:
this is really helpful blog ,thanks for sharing this most valuable info.
anonymous on July 14, 2011:
very helpful, the internet can scare you with the information it puts up, but this is quite levelling. i am bleeding and at the end of my first trimester, no pain, we shall see what happens.
betta addict on July 04, 2011:
i found this lens very helpful...my wife is in her 6th week and she had some light bleeding this morning...she didn't feel any pain whatsoever. In fact, she's very fine but we're seeing the OB tomorrow just to be sure...thanks!
njmanura lm on June 25, 2011:
Informative lens and gives the much needed information in a concise way, Hope you continue your good work
anonymous on June 07, 2011:
I'm 7 weeks 3 days pregnant. It's my first pregnancy. I started having spotting Tuesday and Wednesday to present I've been bleeding a lot. My HCG levels are dropping but the ultrasound looked fine. I dont know if I'm having a miscarriage based on the ultrasound. Help anyone?
anonymous on June 04, 2011:
I am 7 weeks pregnant today. I had what I thought was a period (without cramps, which I always have) 3.5 weeks ago but I felt so pregnant. I have frequent urination, nausea, bloating, and everything in between so I took a test and wa la I'm pregnant with my second child. (I didn't bleed the first time) All I can say is good thing I'm npt a drinker or smoker!
anonymous on September 25, 2010:
I was really happy to see this site online. I bled for almost 10 days with my second pregnancy! I was five weeks pregnant and thought I was just starting my period late. I was so confused because I still felt pregnant, with the exact symptoms of my first pregnancy. My doctor's office told me just to monitor the bleeding and take another pregnancy test when it stopped. Sure enough, when I stopped bleeding a test said I was still pregnant and I delivered a healthy baby girl in March. Now I am 6 1/2 weeks pregnant with my third child and bleeding again! I'm on my third day of bleeding. And it's still alarming, even though I've been through it once. It's nice to have your website on here for assurance. Bleeding is not always an indication of miscarriage, but it is a scary thing to go through. I didn't feel like I got a whole lot of information from my doctor's office on the subject, which is disappointing. I've been reading online that at the first sign on bleeding you should get off your feet. I've been doing that as much as I can and it helps keep me relaxed.
sage7 on June 15, 2010:
Do you know anything about Spotting during pregnancy?
anonymous on May 25, 2010:
I got So carried away talking about the book and my experience that I forgot to thank you for the article. I think even sligh dehydration ( drinking only 2 bottles of water a day) can have en effect in our pregnancy but doctors sometimes don't emphasize it enough.Thanks for getting down to the nitty gritty.
anonymous on May 25, 2010:
I had a misscarriage last time I was pregnant, it was my first pregnancy and I did not know anything about dealing with pregnancy complications and I had no one to ask at that time so I googled my symptoms and found a forum where women talked about their misscarriage experience there were tons of stories some simmilar to mine and some not. I was so thankful for : first find people that made me feel that I was not alone and second because someone in the forum recommended a book called "the Natural Pregnancy Book" by Aviva Romm, I sent my husband that day to get it from the library and That book was a life safer for me during my misscarriage which lasted 3 days. My oBGYN told me after an HCG hormone level test and a vaginal ultrasound that at 2 months with no heart beat and low hcg hormone levels and spotting the baby was most likely dead, but told me nothing else on how to deal with it, she added I was going to need a curettage if I didn't miscarry completely but gave me no more instructions. I requested a second hcg and progesterone level 2 days apart because I wanted to be certain., which showed the levels were decreasing dramatically. After I was certain that the pregnancy was not viable I followed the instruction on the book I had checked out from the library under the section about misscarriages and I took the herbal remedies recommended to make sure everything was expelled and avoid infection. I did not get an infection and there was no need for a curettage. I recommend that book to everybody who has a healthy or not so healthy pregnancy. I just became pregnant again and requested the book from the library to read it again as a refresher.
myraggededge on May 12, 2010:
Yep, had this on 2 out of my 3 pregnancies. All three perfect babies now 27, 11 & 8 years old. I hear it so often now that it seems to be a normal thing for some women. Good helpful lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel.
anonymous on March 02, 2010:
heyy yeah this site is helpful i relate to it a lot because last week i was bleeding and did some heavy bleeding for like an hour one day and then light after that i went into the doctors and they did a pee test and it was negative then they drew blood and the result from it was 25 HcG she said it was bcuz it hasnt went down yet then i went to the lab on the next monday and got another blood test to check my HcG level and my doctor called me 4 hours later and said i was still pregnant that i definantly didnt have a misscarriage bcuz im now 142 HcG it has tripled since my last test 4 days ago . So im now excited about being able to have this kid it will be my 1st one !
anonymous on January 06, 2010:
Hello to all. My name is Adrienne. I am 24 and will be turning 25 this Valentine's Day. I have been married 4 1/2 years. I have had no previous OB/Gyn medical issues and no previous miscarriages to my knowledge. I have one living son who was born a VERY healthy 10lbs 6oz June 2008.. No I am not overweight.. My husband and myself were both 9 1/2lb babies in the 80s, sooo.. My story is current as of January 6, 2010. My LMP was November 11, 2009 and it lasted the normal one heavy day and spot-light bleed 2-3 days. We were TTC so I had took a HPT the day before on the 10th and it was negative. Well on November 22nd, which is 11 days after LMP had some very light pink spotting that only showed when I wiped, once. I began OPK testing on November 24th. I got a very dark positive OPK on November 26th. So we were TTC again this cycle. I started feeling dizzy and having headaches about two weeks later. I have been charting and cervical checking for a while so I just swore I was pregnant. Sure enough on December 13, 2009 I had a POSITIVE HPT! However on Sunday, December 27th I had the same very light pink spotting that only showed when I wiped one time. I called the Dr. office the next day, Monday, to get in earlier. I met the Dr. on Tuesday, December 29th. She checked me vaginally, cervix high and closed, and no sign of blood. No u/s given. My hCG levels were 59,473 at 6w6d. Six days later I had my levels checked a second time. On January 4th my hCG was 113,398 at 7w5d. As you can see they have not doubled in almost a week... I go back Friday to re-test. I will be approx. 8w2d by then. Shouldn't my Dr. consider an u/s on Friday with my next hCG results? Worried they are not doubling on time.. P.S. I have had no more spotting. I have bad nausea (not vomiting) and spotted unlike my first pregnancy. :S
anonymous on October 31, 2009:
Thank you so much for all the wonderful info it was exteremly helpful!
anonymous on October 18, 2009:
I am 12 weeks along with my 3rd child we worry about twins we know that could happen. I have been spotting off and on for the last couple of weeks. I have lost 19 pregnancies all with in the first 8 weeks. I have no pain at this time and have been put on bed rest. I am hopping that I can push for early ultrasound and get some answers to the many questions that we have. We do have 2 wonderful children a daughter 9 and son 6. The children that I have now there was no spotting at all with them. Wish we knew what to do and wish there was more information.
amy1980 on October 02, 2009:
I wish I had your lens when I was pregnant. I had a subchornic hemmorhage (bleeding behind the placenta, usually because of a clot). The doctor told me that I needed to rest and have no unnecessary walking, and that it would go away. I was so very worried! It as my first pregnancy and I was scared that I would miscarry.But I didn't miscarry. I had a perfect, full term baby girl who is now a 3 year old wonder! If you are scared about first trimester bleeding, just think of how I am taking my her to violin lessons or playing with her dollhouse and have a little faith!
anonymous on September 28, 2009:
i just found out im 8.5wks pregnant ,i had 3 miscarriges,i was sent to hosp thursand after my exams an scani started bleeding i got no pain ,just so worried
anonymous on August 26, 2009:
I am about 4 weeks pregnant and i've got some light bleeding, im really worried as i had a miscarriage at the start of the year. Has any1 got any advice? i've got a doc app booked for friday so hopefully i can have an early scan. Im trying not to get my hopes up but its so hard!
hlkljgk from Western Mass on June 23, 2009:
helpful info, thanks.
anonymous on May 26, 2009:
I had light bleeding on three occasions during the first 5-12 weeks and turned out fine! One was spotting just out of the blue (literally a few spots on my underwear at 5.5 weeks and nothing else.) One was a bit of blood on the toilet and on toilet paper around 6 weeks, 24 hours after sex with my husband. Nurse said to just relax for a week and avoid sex. No more bleeding! 7 weeks, orangey-red spots on panties once again. Just held tight, and we're both fine!!
Kay (author) on February 16, 2009:
[in reply to CounselMom] Congratulations to you! I know with my second pregnancy, I didn't bleed but I was always checking. You never quite get over that anxiety.
CounselMom on February 16, 2009:
I can identify with the fear that comes with first trimester bleeding. I miscarried our first baby at about 4-6 weeks. I then had two successful pregnancies both with first trimester bleeding. I'm now 25 weeks along with another pregnancy, and have not had any abnormal bleeding, for which I am very thankful!