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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 02:02 AM   1
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Bleeding, spotting and cramping after heartbeat - 10 weeks

Hi guys,

This is my first post in any forums. I'm just curious if anyone else has had the same symptoms as me and what your outcome was. I've looked and looked at other forum posts, but none quite match.

I'm about 10 weeks along, so far so good. Had mild nausea, med tenderness, not irritable, normal cramps. At about 6 weeks I had a little bit of red blood once, so I went to the hospital. I got an ultrasound and we saw the sac and a little heartbeat. Everything was ok.

About 6 days ago though, I noticed a lot of my symptoms lessened. Barely any nausea, only my nipples were sore, etc. Could be just the timing?
Then there was some pink spotting in my panties once. That night there was some bright red blood. No clumps, and not enough to soak a pad. Maybe a tablespoon worth? Since then, I've had strange uncomfortable cramps, nothing too strong. Like constant menstrual cramps all the way down to my thighs with twinges of pain. Best I can describe it is just feeling strange down there. Like a mix between gas and cramps. (don't actually have excessive gas. lol) Also occasional small spasms in the groin.
Also I've been spotting brown every day since then. Good news is, some of my symptoms returned a bit. So I have a good feeling the baby is still alive. Since then I've been taking it SUPER easy (I was exercising every day up until then, and walking my dog) so I don't cause any complications.

Could this be a threatened miscarriage? Or just regular bleeding through? Perhaps the baby stopped growing and I'm having a natural miscarriage? Has anyone had these same experiences?

I'm waiting for a doctors appt this week to get everything confirmed. Last time I went to the ER it was 8 full, very boring, hours, in the waiting room between tests till I finally got an internal ultrasound. So I'm very reluctant to do that again. Maybe you guys can give me some insight until my appt to ease my mind?

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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 02:04 AM   2
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. I didn't have sex anytime when the bleeding occurred, or exercised heavily. This is my first pregnancy.

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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 02:23 AM   3
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Hi Syreen,
Spotting and cramps are so scary can be normal in pregnancy but you won't know what's going on until you have another scan. i've had a small amount of brown spot and pulling/mild cramps too. I think the resting is a good idea too.

If the spotting gets worse or turns red I think going to ER again would be wise.
GL and all the best. I hope your little baby is doing fine.

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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 07:25 AM   4
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I would say give your doctor a call if you're concerned and see if they can get you in a little sooner or just try to rest, relax and wait it out until your appt. I agree, I would stay away from the ER unless you are in a lot of pain and aren't coping, which doesn't seem like is the case. I didn't experience any early bleeding, but just like you, my symptoms went away almost completely at 10 weeks. I had a heavy bleed at 10 + 5, like gushing red blood, with a little bit of mild cramping, followed by a week of spotting.

As you can see though, baby and I are totally fine and I'm due in a few weeks. As I'm sure you know, bleeding is very common in 1st tri and most women who experience it go on to have perfectly healthy pregnancies and babies. Lots of fairly harmless things can cause bleeding, like a broken blood vessel or breakthrough bleeding (which sometimes happens around the time you would have expected a normal period through pregnancy) or some women get a bit of bleeding when the placenta takes over hormone production. My midwife said she thought in my case that it was a broken blood vessel, but really I think a lot of it had to do with my placenta starting to work more. The fact that all my symptoms went away around that time means that I must have had a big dip in hormones in my blood (normal when the placenta takes over hormone production) and that's what caused the bleeding I saw. But it's normal and it's just one of those things that happens sometimes. Unfortunately, it can be really stressful, but as long as you aren't experiencing a lot of pain, the best thing you can probably do is to rest as much as you can and try to stay positive until your appt. I'd make your doctor aware of what you're experiencing so they can plan to do a scan when they see you, but otherwise, just keep your spirits up and know that statistics are on your side and more than likely all is well.

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