anonon22 : hey, so spotting in early pregnancy does happen, but it’s not a great sign. MANY women have spotting and are FINE, I’m NOT saying spotting = miscarriage. But a higher percent of women with spotting miscarry than those without.
Does the KP site say your hcg level? One number alone doesn’t tell you *much* but it does tell you *something* (I say this having had a blood test yesterday that told me that I was pregnant but I was probably going to lose this pregnancy, and today I started spotting and expect my period tomorrow.. all from a single number, so yes, a single number can sometimes tell you a lot.)
Assumign this bleeding is nothing, you need to know a few things now that you’re pregnant and have every plan to keep this baby. If you’re going to have a baby, I assume you want the healthiest baby possible.
1. Obviously quit any alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
2. Cut down on caffeine–a cup a day is fine, but no more.
3. Don’t change cat litter. Seems strange, but it’s actually an important one. Gardening should be done with caution: use gloves (and a mask if it’s dusty) and wash your hands very well. This is because cat poop might be in the garden.
4. Many pregnant women generally avoid sushi (though in some countries it’s actually recommended for pregnant women, so the jury’s out on this one). Unpasteurized cheese is generally accepted as a no-no (due to lysteria concerns).
5. Start taking a pre-natal pill with folic acid. Also start taking a calcium supplement OR make sure you’re eating a lot of dairy: babies suck up your calcium and can leave you with too little for yourself.
6. Find an OB and give them a call–tell them when your last period was and they’ll tell you when they’d like to see you.
Aside from that, just take care of yourself. 🙂 I’m glad that your friend is being a good friend and person about this: it sounds like you are a good friend and person, too.