9.5 weeks pregnant and spotting this morning

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9.5 weeks pregnant and spotting this morning
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Fri, 03-23-2012 - 4:51am
I've spoken to my healthcare provider and she said to rest. If it gets worse I should call back. I asked if I should stop breastfeeding and she said no, until she heard ds was 17 months. Then she said I should stop breastfeeding.

Right now I feel like my body's priority should be to my unborn. But I feel sad at a sudden end to breastfeeding. I guess that's it though. I don't want to risk this pregnancy. I pray it will be ok. But no more breastfeeding my son. I can't believe it's over. He's been nursing four to five times a day and he's been relishing it especially at night and naptime.

Does anyone have some experience of this?

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Fri, 03-23-2012 - 7:39pm
I don't mean to come in, but i think you should have some blood work drawn and an u/s.... I got preggo when ds was 8.5 mos old and nursing... Started spotting at 9+ wks. Blood work showed progesterone was 4...not good; doc said by the time you're spotting, there's very little you can do to stop what nature has started... I went on to have 3 chem pregs while nursing...then got preggo again the month ds weaned ( at 2 yo)... Lost that one at 7.5 wks and was on progesterone, again nothing they could do by the time it started it happened pretty quickly... Hcgs were ALL very good.

Now, with all that, I got pregnant again, started progesterone and baby aspirin ( blood work came up with no reason for our losses so I thought aspirin was worth a shot)... I started bleeding at 8.5 wks and was devastated.. Turned out I had two hemorrhages and a placenta previa... Still have the pre via but all is ok... But my doc immediately sent me for blood tests and u/s to get that info...

If I were you,I would demand a more proactive reaction... Plus, if it is a sch, there's no reason to wean and if it's an inevitable loss, there's no reason to wean. Did they give you a reason that the nursing needed to end?

Good luck.. I hope it all works out!!!!! You are in my thoughts.
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Fri, 03-23-2012 - 10:02pm
I don't have experience with your specific situation, but I echo Karen Lynn. I'd give them a call and ask to be seen. Bleeding early in pregnancy can mean lots of things... an u/s, blood work can all help give you a clearer path ahead.

Keeping you in my thoughts and hoping this is the one lil' bump of an otherwise smooth pregnancy!

L
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Sat, 03-24-2012 - 3:20am
Thanks ladies. I have an u/s appointment for Monday. The bleeding seemed to ease off a bit yesterday. I am still lying in bed this morning so I'm not sure what awaits me in the bathroom when I get up. But I feel ok.
I spoke to a nurse/ midwife three times yesterday. Because my bleeding wasn't heavy and I don't have cramping they said to wait until Monday. If it gets worse I can go to the hospital any time. I've been reading up about possible causes and I don't think they can do anything at this stage if there is a serious problem. I'm still hopeful the reason for bleeding is benign. I know it doesn't look good but I just have to wait and see.
I had had my first prenatal appointment on Thursday (the day before I started to bleed) and my midwife took several blood samples. I wonder if she could test those for hormone levels. I will ask on Monday if they can take more blood.
I live in Sweden and my Swedish is not very good so communicating isn't always easy. In this situation my Swedish is hopeless. Most people speak English but standards vary. Culturally Swedes don't question authority so I often find myself asking Dr.s or whoever 'why' about something and they are surprised by my need to question things. They take it as lack of trust in them. Asking for anything that isn't run of the mill here can seem unreasonable to them. They have their system in place and expect everyone to slot into their square pegs /holes. It's not quite black and white like that but often it feels that way. Anyway, my situation is so important so I will be pushing for more investigation.
The first midwife I spoke to yesterday said there was no need to wean. Until she heard his age. I think SHE decided it was time for him to wean. I nursed him last night. I'm going to cut back a bit. If losing this pregnancy is inevitable I'd like to continue having closeness with my son. I think it will help me.
I will update when I know more. Thanks again for taking the time to reply.
By the way, I woke up this morning with the idea that I would be asking for a second opinion in a week or so if nothing changes. I wonder how that will go down.
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Sat, 03-24-2012 - 12:51pm
Oy, how difficult to have all the language difficulties and cultural differences on top of an already hard situation. I am hopeful too that this will be benign bleeding, especially since you're not having any cramping or anything. I know mommas who had lots of unexplained bleeding during their pregnancies only to have big fat healthy babies... and I'm crossing crossables you'll be one of them!

I agree, at this point, I don't see how weaning cold turkey would help anything, if anything it would increase stress on everyone, and that's no good for anyone. I'm glad you were able to nurse your son peacefully last night.

Keeping you in my thoughts and hoping Monday gets here before you know it!
L
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Sun, 03-25-2012 - 3:18am
I am hoping for you that everything turns out fine and that the spotting is just that and not signs of a bigger problem. So sorry that this is worrying you and that the language barrier adds to that - I can only imagine how stressful that must be. Hang in there - hugs - and sticky baby vibes to you.
Jasmine
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Sun, 03-25-2012 - 5:00am
I am sorry to say that this story doesn't end well. We lost the baby last night. Things took a sudden turn for the worst and we rushed to hospital. The staff were all great. My concerns on that front were unfounded. Now we will take some time to heal.
Jade xx
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Sun, 03-25-2012 - 11:52am

I am SO SORRY to hear that you have to go through this.

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Sun, 03-25-2012 - 1:33pm
Jade-

I'm so sorry to hear this. I will be keeping you and your family close in my thoughts.

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Sun, 03-25-2012 - 2:13pm
Sorry to read your sad news :( like PP say, snuggle your nurslings, and let youself grieve however you feel is best. X
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Sun, 03-25-2012 - 2:42pm
I am so very sorry. My heart aches for you. Hold your baby close and do whatever comforts you. If it helps at all, I was in a very similar situation a couple of months ago and my dr assured me that at this point in pregnancy the pregnancy hormones override breastfeeding hormones so that was not the cause of our loss. My son was 18 months and nursing about 4x day. Please know how much I feel for you and hope you can rest and recover. We are here for you. hugs

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