Miscarriage symptoms?

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Registered: 09-08-2011
Miscarriage symptoms?
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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 4:31pm

Please don't be mad at me for asking this. I know lots of you ladies have been through too many losses. I just need a little input from real people. Everything I Google is just too scary.

Does a miscarriage have to include heavy bleeding? Do miscarriages always happen quickly, or can it take a few weeks?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 10-05-2011 - 5:08pm
Everyone's symptoms can be different, you can find more information at this link: http://www.ivillage.com/miscarriage-answers-your-10-most-asked-questions/6-a-144738

You are still early enough that I would't think the bleeding would be that much heavier than a normal period. (((HUGS))) keep us posted.

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Registered: 12-14-2009
Wed, 10-05-2011 - 6:26pm
You should call your midwife immediately. Any sign of blood should always be a reason to call the Dr. no matter what stage of pregnancy you're in or what advice you recieve on a board. They are your go to person.

A miscarriage can be a heavy period or it can start slowly and increase over time. Some miscarriages need to be treated by a Dr. because on it's own, it's not moving quick enough or properly. Call your Dr. as soon as you can.

Good Luck!

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Registered: 08-03-2011
Wed, 10-05-2011 - 6:32pm
I am so sorry you are worried. I can totally relate, I am a worrywart and would be doing the same things as you if I were in your shoes.

There is something called a missed miscarriage. It's where the embryo dies but does not "come out". Read this website, it is a little scary, but it talks about the miscarriage symptoms and types of miscarriages and is very thorough.

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/miscarriage.html

Also, I am not familiar with midwives and their practices, have you considered going to an OB/GYN?
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Registered: 07-24-2011
Wed, 10-05-2011 - 6:58pm
I am currently awaiting my miscarriage. My Hcg levels have started dropping but I have not had a period type bleed like my doctor said I would. I have had period or ovulation type cramping. I have spotted when I wipe for the last 2 days but so far no clotting or red bl
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Registered: 07-24-2011
Wed, 10-05-2011 - 7:03pm
Blood. Just pink when I wipe. My doctor doesn't seem to be concerned just sends me for more blood work. He says there is a shot or pill I could take to start my period but he prefers I just wait it out. I was told with my first miscarriage that it can take weeks to pass the tissue. Sorry if that sounds harsh. I am also very impatient and would like to move on. And the Internet information is scary. I hope I helped.
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Registered: 03-01-2011
Wed, 10-05-2011 - 7:42pm
I'm sorry you're dealing with this :( Personally, I couldn't wait 3 weeks to find out & would want to have the b/w done to know what was going on.
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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 9:28pm
Hey, I'm so sorry you're in this limbo stage, I've been there before and the waiting is so draining. First, I would say you are so early, try to stay positive b/c it really is impossible to know at this point what is going on. But in answer to your other q's, all miscarriages are different...so sometimes you might start out spotting and then move on to a heavier period; sometimes it takes weeks for your body to miscarry, while other times it can happen as quickly as a day. With my m/c in May I went in at 7 weeks and the baby measured 5.5....they had me come back two weeks later for another u/s, which confirmed the baby wasn't growing appropriately, but I had already started bleeding a day or so before the u/s and I was sure on my dates so I figured that was going to happen anyway. I was lucky in that it happened quickly and I passed everything in a couple days.

Will they let you schedule the u/s for 2 weeks rather than 3? I know every dr. has their own way of doing things, but in 2 weeks they should be able to give you a better picture of what's going on...at least it would be one less week of waiting? Or, if you continue bleeding and the cramping gets worse, I would tell the dr. and they should order another u/s...and if it's been a week or so since the first u/s you should see something.

Just remember to stay positive and try not to worry (I know, way easier said than done) b/c the worrying won't change the outcome, it'll just stress you out. 6 weeks is so early, I pray that everything is fine and that your little bean is just hiding. Sometimes a tilted uterus can make it hard to find the baby on ultrasound, esp so early. Before my m/c in May, while I was waiting I read lots of stories on the internet about how they didn't see anything early on and then a couple weeks later the baby was right there w/a beautiful heartbeat. So hang in there!
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Thu, 10-06-2011 - 9:40am

Thanks for the advice. You guys are saying what I feared, that every woman is different. I'm impatient to find out. I've talked to the nurse twice and grilled the u/s tech. They pass my info along to my midwife, and report back to me what she says. My midwife works with several OB doctors, and any concerns she has are checked with the regular doctors. It's a little frustrating to have so many people passing info back and forth, I'd rather just talk to one person in charge, but that's the way they work. My midwife acts like a doctor, she's not one of those doula or natural birth types. My DH says "you're pregnant until you're not, so quit worrying" and "we'll have a baby, it just might not be right now." So frustrating. If this isn't a viable pregnancy, then I just want it over with quickly, so I can put it behind me and start over. The reason we have an u/s scheduled in 3 weeks is because that one was already scheduled to confirm dates. The u/s tech (she was the last person to talk to my midwife and then pass along what she said to me) said to just keep my next appointment. If bleeding doesn't get heavy, I'm not supposed to call again. The nurse on the phone just tells me to take tylenol for cramps. But I don't want to take tylenol, because I want to be able to fully feel if the cramps get worse. I guess I stay in limbo three weeks. My hubby tried to take a day off the day after the next u/s. He said he'll either need a day to celebrate or a day to recover, depending on if I'm pregnant or not, but his boss won't let him.

Momma to:
Madelyn, February 26, 2001
Aaron, January 2, 2005
Baby #3, October 2, 2012

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Registered: 09-07-2005
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 10:21am

OK I will give you real life experience with my one miscarriage.....it was right around 6 weeks and a few days.....I started to see a tiny bit of pink....I continued to has a very light spotting....it continued into the next morning and I went in....they did an internal and it was a sac but no baby....it is called a blighted ovum.

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Registered: 09-07-2005
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 10:27am

I also wanted to add that I concieved 10 days later and her name is ABBY :)

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