Post # 1
Yesterday morning, I had a little bit of light-brown discharge (not spotting-blood, just discharge with a light-brown color to it) about the size of a quarter.
I freaked out. I sat in the bathroom and cried for about 15 minutes, then came home from work “sick”. Googling was equally reassuring and scary (some posts were “it’s completely normal”, others were “that’s how my miscarriage started”).
It hasn’t happened again yet. I’m hoping that it was just because I lifted some heavy boxes on Monday when we were loading up the car.
I really wish my 1st appointment was a week earlier! I don’t go in until Jan 6.
I still haven’t had many pregnancy symptoms. No morning sickness, no food cravings/adversions. The only things that have changed are my boobs are bigger and more sensitive, I’m hungry more, I have “pregnancy brain”, and if I move to fast in certain ways I have a little bit of a pulling/cramping feeling for a few seconds.
We decided to tell our immediate families (parents and siblings) over Christmas. They are all very excited! I know it’s still early (6 weeks today), but I had just gotten settled in and feeling more confident with being pregnant and that everything would be okay.
Post # 3
If it’s any reassurance the first couple weeks the only pregnancy symptoms I had were breast tenderness as well.
My SIL had a lot of bleeding -not just brown discharge) pretty much through her whole first trimester. They could not figure out what was wrong but the baby was Ok at every checkup. There were many late night visits to emergency rooms. Now she is almost 25 weeks and both baby and mommy are doing great!
Post # 4
At 6 weeks I think sore boobs and light cramping sounds about right, and some women never get a lot of pregnancy symptoms. In my experience, I was just tired and a little crampy until about 7 weeks I threw up once, and it got progressively worse from there. Just relax and enjoy this time where you feel okay.
I had the same thing happen at about 10 weeks and I asked my midwife who said a couple things that could cause that, including pushing to poop. I know it sounds gross but I guess the pressure can irritate your already irritated cervix and cause a little tinge of blood to show up on the toilet paper. I’m assuming the lifting you did could have caused it, or maybe even using the bathroom.
Post # 5
Sorry you had this happen : ( I do think spotting in the early first trimester is pretty common and know several people who have had this IRL. You may want to call your doctor anyways because they might see you earlier (my doctor’s advice was to always call with any spotting). Also, I never had many pregnancy sypmtoms, either. I was pretty hungry and had sore boobs from week 5 on, but that’s really it. No nausea, no extreme fatigue. Later, I started having to pee frequently and got bloated.
Post # 6
Don’t be too concerned about the lack of symptoms. I had the same anxiety b/c I was only having some light cramping and mild breast tenderness the first few weeks. It’s totally normal…some people have lots of symptoms right away and others don’t. We are about 7 wks now and the symptoms are just now starting to step up a bit. And everything was totally normal at our appt last week. Good luck and keep us updated!
Post # 7
@abbyful: Hey Abby, don’t give up hope just yet. It could still be a long road to healthy pregnancy for us. I had some brown spotting starting week 7 and called my Dr. for an ultrasound. Everything was still O.K. at that point and we saw the heartbeat. Xmas Eve I had BRIGHT RED bleeding, but the Dr. still thought I wasn’t miscarrying yet because I didn’t bleed for more than 2 hours, pass any tissue or have any severe cramping. Until you see any of those signs, I’d say you are okay. My next appointment is Jan. 6 also, hang in there girly and we’ll pray for good news for both of us!
Post # 8
I had no other symptoms except breast tenderness, a little cramping and I had to pee a lot when I was early on too. Generally, spotting isn’t a big deal unless it’s bright red blood or it’s accompanied by cramping. This early on, brown spotting is usually just your body getting rid of any old blood that’s still caught up in the lady bits.
Dr. Google is a bad, bad thing when it comes to pregnancy. There are a lot of people out to scare others. Honestly, if it has stopped… I wouldn’t worry too much.
Post # 9
@abbyful: I’m right where you are in your pregnancy. 6 weeks is tomorrow for me. I don’t have a lot of symptoms either. The breasts are still sore. I’m a little bit crampy, but only if I haven’t had a lot of water. I started gagging a bit on smells this weekend and this week. I also had a spot of blood on Sunday, smaller than a dime and bright red. I’m thinking it was from over exertion during the weekend and then making my vagina angry when I held it too long. I can’t wait for my first appointment to know that we’re on the right track with this pregnancy. I emailed my doctor about it. I will probably hear from them today or tomorrow. I hate how everything freaks me out with this new pregnancy. I just want to make it to 40 weeks and have a happy healthy baby at the end.
Post # 10
I had a bit of spotting in the beginning, but the Dr.’s office said as long as it is brown, you are likely okay. Red or pink would indicate something more serious. Brown is old blood.
Post # 11
I’m so sorry you are worried! Can you call your doctor and get in early? Mine will take you ASAP if you are worried about something specific. Hopefully it’s nothing and an ultrasound will put your mind at ease.
Post # 12
I just talked to the doctor or doctor’s assistant. She didn’t seem too concerned with the spot that I had. She said it sounds normal in the context of early pregnancy. She mentioned that even when the doctor does a pap smear in early pregnancy, spotting can happen. It’s because the cervix is super sensitive right now. I was told to monitor it if it becomes more of a concern. I can’t wait for two weeks from now!
Post # 13
Thanks for the reassurance everyone! If it happens again, I think I will call my doctor to put my mind at ease or realize if there is actually anything to worry about.
Post # 14
Well, I had a little more brown discharge last night before bed. I’ll be watching the clock like a hawk to call my doctor’s office as soon as then open in 1.5 hrs… *sigh*…
Post # 15
Praying everything is okay! Let us know how it goes
Post # 16
@abbyful: Let us know how it goes if they have you come in… you’ll feel so much better after seeing something in there on the ultrasound!