Post # 1
So hit the 8w mark yesterday and unfortunately this day also marked the first spotting I’ve experienced. BD’d last night and noticed pink on the kleenex afterward. I had some mild uncomfortable cramps all night but nothing terrible. Woke up to more pink brown discharge. I’ve been spotting brown all day (but minimally and no further cramps). Called the midwife and she recommended the “wait and see” until the 10w US. From what I gather from my research online, about 20% of women experience spotting in the first trimester and about half of those women miscarry. Is there anything I should watch out for during the 2 waiting weeks?
Post # 3
Just keep an eye out for bright red spotting, bleeding and/or cramps. Spotting is common, especially since you are probably hyper-aware of every discharge color right now. Congrats!!
Post # 4
I had spotting at about 11 weeks. I freaked out and called the doctor. They assured me it was okay as long as it wasn’t dark red and/or filling a pad in an hour. I was still upset and they could tell I was stressed, so they got me in for an ultrasound and an exam. Baby was fine, but my cervix was bleeding. Turned out to be a vaginal infection that was irritating my cervix. The doctor told me it is very common for the cervix to bleed during the first trimester as it is so engorged with blood. Things like sex or working out can cause bleeding too. I was told no sex and no working out or heavy lifting until I was done my antibiotics.
Post # 5
I think you’re fine. Spotting is pretty common, especially after sex. Cramping is pretty normal too, I had a decent amount of cramping (nothing terrible) through the beginning and my uterus will still have days where it feels achy even now. I’d worry if you were in a lot of pain or if there was a lot of blood but that doesn’t sound like it’s the case.
If you start bleeding enough that you need a pad or tampon I would call the Dr. though they can’t do anything to stop a miscarriage at this point. Bleeding could always be caused by something else though.
FWIW I actually had bleeding enough that I thought it was my period after I became pregnant. I didn’t know I was pregnant because I assumed it was my period. I had light periods on BCP and this was pretty much the same thing. They told me it had to do with going off BCP. I did not have any spotting other than this though. I’m almost 23 weeks so everything is fine!
Post # 6
I didn’t have any spotting, but it is very common as long as it isn’t bright red and accompanied by intense cramping. I would say you are fine, especially since you are seeing this after you BD’d.
Post # 7
I had spotting at 6 weeks, a couple more days at 9 weeks and 4 full days in my 14th week. Mostly brown, some a little pink, and all is fine with baby so far. The doctor assures me that as much as it’s not “normal” , it’s not abnormal … for some women it is the norm. As long as you are not having major cramping and soaking a pad or more , then you should be fine.
Post # 8
@stellabella: My friend had spotting. It was an IVF baby so naturally she was very concerned and went into the emergency room. She said it wasn’t a pleasant experience but she was delighted as they did an ultrasound and got the reassurance she needed. If it was me I’d need that reassurance but If you can relax and not think about it over the nxt couple of weeks that’s great.It’d it’s only a small bit (from what you say that’s what it is) you should be fine though.
Post # 9
@stellabella: brown spotting is “normal”- on the otherhand, brown spotting can also be indicitive of ectopic pregnany (have you had any ultrasound yet?)–
but yes, it can be normal. it’s the bright red you don’t want.
Post # 10
I spotted brown and pink at 5-6 weeks for about a week and then it stopped. I’m now at 13 weeks and from an ultrasound they discovered that the placenta is growing on top of my cervix which could be a reason why I was spotting. Apparently, this is normal in the first trimester. Unless you have cramps and your spotting is red, don’t worry too much about it.
Post # 11
I had a small amount of pink/red spotting around 8 weeks as well. This happened over the course of about 2 days, then the second night I had quite a bit of blood with one wipe, then that was it. I freaked out and was seen by the doctor, they said my cervix was just irritated. This happened a few times throughout my pregnancy. I now have an almost 12 week old daughter 🙂
Post # 12
@stellabella: with DS, I had no spotting. With this pregnancy, a girl, I had spotting for two weeks in the first tri-I’m 23 weeks now and everything is totally fine! My sis was the exact same way- only spotted with a girl.
Post # 13
I had a normal pregnancy (heathy baby girl) and I spotted at 4w but I think it was delayed implantation bleeding. With my second preg I started spotting brownish/red at 8w. I went for an ultrasound at 8w2d and learned it was a blighted ovum. I miscarried naturally over the course of last week. the bleeding started right after my internal u/s and it was red. I didn’t start cramping really until 9w, and the actual main part of my m/c occurred at 9w1d. I think you will know if u have incredibly painful cramps along with the bleeding. Lots of women do bleed after sex and lots do spot throughout pregnancy. However spotting is very different from the kind of bleeding you experience when miscarrying, i now (unfortunately) know. Sending prayers for a sticky baby for you.
Ps Can you push your mw harder for an u/s? The wait and see approach seems really torturous… And hopefully unnecessarily so. GL!
Post # 14
@stellabella: It could be because you BD’d the night before. Just keep an eye on the bleeding.
Post # 15
The poll wouldn’t let me have two votes. This pregnancy I’ve had some light spotting off and on, so far at 9.2 weeks everything is fine. Had an u/s at 6.4 weeks. Embarrassing as it is, occasionally after a Bridesmaid or Best Man is when the light spotting happens. The OB office always asks if we had BD as that is pretty common for causing spotting.
Last pregnancy, had red spotting then a variety of colors and turned into a m/c.
Post # 16
I had an episode of spotting at 8 weeks. scared the life outta me! It was just for the one day but actually was red so I was freaking out. Went home from work and into a deep sleep woke up to no further spotting and none since. Now 24 weeks with so far a perfectly healthy pregnancy and a very bouncy baby boy 🙂