Post # 1
So I am 7 weeks pregnant and two days ago I noticed I had some really light (think khaki color) thick brown discharge/spotting. Naturally I freaked out and called my doctor and they told me to come in to get some blood drawn. They then told I would know something by the next day (oh great because waiting over 24 hours for results isn’t nerve racking right?)
Anyway so I go home and of course google signs of miscarriage, normal spotting etc. and started to feel a little better. I mean I didn’t have any pain, no more spotting, and my spotting was light brown…so I was put at little at ease. I go through the next day waiting for the call, but no such luck. I then go home and realized I started to spot a little more, now a dark brown. I freak out and call the office again. The lady was wonderful. I told her I felt like I was over-reacting and she responded with “not at all, we want you to call if you have conerns, let me get your lab results.”
Well the results were good and bad, I had a very high HCG level (yay!) but kind of low progesterone level, I think she said it was around 10. I am now even more scared of a m/c. Dr put me on progesterone vaginal suppositories twice a day and I have my first appointment Tuesday (the 27th).
So basically the point of this long rambling post is 1) never be afraid about calling your doctor no matter how foolish you feel if you dont have that much spotting…and 2) Are there any ladies out there that have a story similar to mine that have gone on to carry beautiful healthy babies?! I need a bit of peace of mind.
Thanks for listening ladies.
Post # 3
@Hippos: I’ve had a few miscarriages so when I started spotting between 7-8 weeks with this pregnancy I freaked out and feared the worst. It turned out to be nothing and I’m now 18 weeks pregnant. I was on progesterone supplements during this pregnancy just as a precaution…I have no idea if my progesterone was low or not. Both my Ob/gyn and family doctor swear up and down that testing for progesterone when you’re pregnant is pointless and the numbers don’t actually mean anything. Apparently the levels of progesterone in your bloodwork aren’t the same as the amount getting to the baby? I asked them to explain it but I still don’t understand lol.
That’s great that your doctor put you on progesterone supplements anyway. My doctor isn’t convinced that progesterone supplements work but this is my first successful pregnancy and I happened to be taking progesterone this time. Seems like too big of a coincidence to me! 🙂
Post # 4
Spotting can be so scary, but it’s also really common. There’s a few of the January Mamas who had spotting/light bleeding in the 1st trimester and everything turned out to be just fine. Sometimes baby is just nesting in there comfortably and the spotting is a sign that they are making themselves comfortable 🙂
Post # 5
I know you asked for positive stories. I don’t have one, but I want to offer you the solidarity of another woman who understands this anxiety and fear that you are going through. Both of my miscarriages began with khaki colored mucus that turned into darker spotting. However, I never had favorable HCG levels like you do. Waiting to find out if I was going to have a miscarriage was actually worse than the miscarriage itself. Once I knew what was happening to my body I could begin to grieve and heal. I hope that you get good news (many women do have healthy pregnancies with spotting). But if your worst nightmare does come true, please know that you are not alone.
Post # 6
I had spotting right around the 7w/8w timeframe. We were coming back from a weekend trip to the lake with some friends, and I had been out on the boat a little bit. On our way home, I noticed some light brown spotting and freaked. It stopped later that night, but the next morning, it started up. I called my doctor and she had me come in right away. She did an ultrasound and discovered that the baby was fine (thankfully :-)), but the baby had implanted low, and my placenta was low. I was put on some severe restricted activity for four weeks (no heavy lifting, no strenuous activity, my doctor didn’t even want me going on walks). They checked again at the next 4 week appointment, and everything was much better :-). I’m 19w5d and everything has been going really well!!
Post # 7
I spotted at 6 weeks also for about 2 weeks, but then it stopped. I’m 22 weeks now now baby and I are fine. I do have a low lying placenta, but my doctor isn’t too concerned, she just put me on pelvic rest last week and we’re doing another us in 4 weeks to check on the progress. My bff is also pg right now, 9 weeks and spotting dark blood, she even had some clots. She went to the hospital and they told her she’s okay too, just having a threatened miscarriage. That’s exactly what they told me, I know it’s scary, but it really is okay I’ve calmed her down a lot because I ended up being okay. Worst case scenario for me is they’ll schedule a c-section if my placenta doesn’t move up, but I’d rather it be planned then an emergency situation. My doctor told me I could keep walking and that 90% of the low lying placenta cases clear up on their own.
Post # 8
I had some bright red bleeding/spotting (not super heavy, but I had to wear a pad) for about 3-4 days around 7 or 8 weeks. When I called my midwife she told me to chill out, and that it was completely normal…I’m 33 weeks now and baby is doing great! 🙂
Post # 9
@Hippos: Sorry to hear you are having to deal with all of this stress. Just wanted to offer you some hope. I had low progesterone (mine was a 7.8 I believe) I was put on progesterone supplements and am now 18 weeks with what appears to be a very healthy baby. I completely understand your fears given the low progesterone number but in my case I really did just need the supplements and it wasn’t a sign that anything else was wrong with the baby. I spotted at 6 weeks for a couple days (the first day it actuallystarted bright red then immediately went to brown so I freaked!) and then it stopped until week 7 and came back again brown spotting for 2 more days and I haven’t had anymore since. I know it’s hard but try to stay as calm as possible and keep thinking good thoughts. Good luck!
Post # 10
Thank you everyone for your replies! I feel like if I just have an ultrasound and see that everything is in there and working well then I’d feel so much better. Waiting till Tuesday will be agony to me!
@mysterybee123: Thanks for your reply. While I would be devestated if I miscarried, it is nice to know that you can also heal from it and really there isn’t anything that I could do about it. It does help to know that I would not be alone. I’m sorry for your loss.
Post # 11
@Hippos: This happened to me when I was pregnant and it got way worse until it was like I was having my period and the ultrasound doctor told me (very coldly) that I was going to miscarry. That baby is now 13 years old 🙂
At first the doctor’s said that spotting and bleeding is nothing to panic about but mine didn’t stop for a while but my HCG levels were staying normal. They never were able to figure out why it happened.