(Closed) BFP on 6/20, now bleeding and cramping. Need advice!

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee

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beachlifeshawna1 :  are you passing clots? Have you tested again? Bleeding in the first trimester is common so unless your lines are lighter or you’re passing clots I’d say you’re still pregnant.  It could be a sch.

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Blushing bee

I wouldn’t panic yet. As PP says, bleeding in the first trimester is very common. Cramping in the first trimester is actually completely normal (it is the embryo getting fully embedded in your uterus and then your uterus starting to expand).

When I was first pregnant, I had a small amount of bright red bleeding. For weeks, I also had cramps which were so bad I struggled to stand/walk for any length of time (worse than my normal period pains and combined with a weird pulling sensation sometimes). I then had a further small, bright red bleed at 7 weeks. The cramps calmed right down by about 8 weeks pregnant and the bleeding stopped…only to start again in earnest again at 28 weeks pregnant. My baby girl was eventually born at full term. Bleeding in pregnancy does not necessarily mean a chemical pregnancy or miscarriage, although it is very stressful and distressing when it happens. Hang in there. The fact your lines are getting darker is a very promising sign.

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Busy bee

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beachlifeshawna1 :  Hi Bee — sorry you’re going through this, even if it’s just a stressful start to a successful pregnancy.

At least for my CP, the day after I started bleeding the test went from moderate-strength lines to stark white overnight.  There was also very little doubt that it was happening, it was the worst period of my life despite happening at just over 4 weeks pregnant. No back pain, but meds wouldn’t touch the pain.

Two cycles later I got pregnant again and had brown spotting on and off throughout the first trimester. That turned out to be totally normal because I’m 38+2 weeks with a healthy baby. 

Either way stay busy and take time for yourself to keep your mind off things.

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Busy Beekeeper

This may sound crazy, but I’d honestly put more stock in the fact that your lines are darkening than the bleeding. My first pregnancy, I had no bleeding, but my line progression was really bad in the beginning and then I wound up miscarrying at 7 weeks. With my healthy pregnancy, the lines darkened up nicely from the beginning. Sure some tests are wonky and you shouldn’t necessarily expect to see much darkening in a 24 hour period, but I really do believe you can get a decent idea of how your early pregnancy is progressing by looking at test progression…and yours sounds promising!

It’s good that you’re seeing the doctor though…hopefully they’ll do hcg betas which will give you a better idea re: viability.

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Honey bee

Aw bee, I’m going through something similar. I got a postive test one week ago, and on Thursday and all day Friday had bright red bleeding. It’s since tapered off and I didn’t really have cramps and have had strong test lines so I’m holding out hope. I’ll cross my fingers for you!

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Busy Beekeeper

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beachlifeshawna1 :  It’s true, some brands of tests are very unreliable, and i’ve seen people with questionable progression go on to have healthy babies. But in my case…the difference between the lines I had with my miscarriage vs. healthy pregnancy was undeniable. 

MC (15-18dpo, 22dpo…lines totally stall out and then finally get a bit darker)

Healthy pregnancy (10-16dpo…steadily darkening the whole time, by 15dpo my line was already darker than it had gotten by 22dpo of the MC):

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Busy Beekeeper

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beachlifeshawna1 :  That progression looks really great! I don’t know what to tell you about the bleeding other than it can be totally normal to bleed in pregnancy. I think the statistic is something like 25% of women with healthy pregnancies will have some bleeding. There were several girls in my month group who had bright red clotty bleeding and delivered healthy, full-term babies. Of course bleeding can also be a sign of trouble, but given how good your lines are I would definitely not lose hope right now! I will be thinking of you tomorrow and hoping you get some good news.

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