spotting... Please tell me your past experience! I'm concerned

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Registered: 12-16-2011
spotting... Please tell me your past experience! I'm concerned
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Sat, 12-31-2011 - 5:19pm

This is my 2nd pregnancy and in my 1st I only had spotting one time and it was the day

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Registered: 08-15-2007

Take heart!

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Q. I was alarmed when I had light bleeding in my first trimester, but my doctor told me that I shouldn't worry because it's fairly common. Is this true?

A. While bleeding in early pregnancy can spook expectant moms, it often isn't cause for concern. In fact, new research presented at the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, which looked at more than 16,000 women, suggests that the risk for complications is less than five percent, says Joshua Weiss, M.D., a clinical fellow of maternal-fetal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and lead author of the study.

Spotting occurs in about 30 percent of women in their first trimesters. "I get calls from women about this all the time," says Isabel Blumberg, M.D., an ob/gyn in private practice in New York City. Bleeding that occurs early on in pregnancy is usually lighter in flow than a menstrual period, and the color varies from red to brown. One common cause, says Dr. Blumberg, is implantation -- when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining -- which can trigger a few days of bleeding, often before a woman knows that she's pregnant. Another is a cervical polyp, a harmless growth on the cervix which is more likely to bleed during pregnancy due to higher estrogen levels. And because there are an increased number of blood vessels in the tissue around the cervix during pregnancy, contact with this area (through sexual intercourse or a gynecological exam, for example), can result in bleeding.

Call your obstetrician if you notice any spotting to make sure that the bleeding isn't a result of complications, such as an ectopic pregnancy. Your doctor will likely confirm that you're pregnant, check for polyps, and make sure the cervix is closed.

While spotting during the first trimester usually doesn't indicate a problem, you'll want to contact your doctor immediately if bleeding occurs later in pregnancy, as it may be a sign of a more serious condition.

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Registered: 12-31-2011
My OB said that they typically say to be alarmed and immediately contact your doctor if you bleed heavy enough to fill two tampoons within a couple of hours.

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I'd definitely go the route of being alarmed and call the OB right away. While there isn't much, if anything, they can do for a MC, at least you can know one way or the other. And, like has been mentioned, it could be nothing at all and would put your mind at ease.

With my first miscarriage, I experienced a huge cramp before the onset of bleeding, and within a few days it was very heavy. With my second MC, I had no outward symptoms. We had been charting as we were trying to get pregnant and my doc knew of my first MC, so I went in right away, she did blood tests, and discovered that I had low progesterone. So, I was on Crinone at about maybe 20 dpo.The progesterone kept me from bleeding, but I had several ultrasounds and blood draws over the next month and eventually I had a D&C when it was clear that the baby didn't have a heartbeat and had stopped growing very early on.

I had what I believe now was implantation bleeding with this pregnancy, but that was early on during the first week of December, IIRC.

At any rate, every woman's body is different, every pregnancy is different, and this could just be one of those things. I'd still call the OB just to get checked out and know one way or the other. Good luck and keep us posted.

Brie
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Brie
Mom to Libby/17, William/12, and Jacob/8
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Thanks! I talked to the nurse when it started then after I had more I called again on a weekend and go the Dr on call. she ordered and Ultrasound and I had it yesterday. Thank goodness. We saw a beautiful baby with a 146 heart rate! We're thrilled! Thanks everyone

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Yippie!! Horay for a healthy baby!! How exciting :-) Congrats!
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