just passed blood clots - any other reasons beside miscarriage?
I am the one who bleeds every 2-3 days since I got my BFP in end of Sept. Based on the last scan, I should be about 11 weeks now.
The pain started two days ago; not cramp like pain but more like bruised/pulled muscle. It started on the left abdomen and traveled to the upper tummy and last night it ended at the right side. This morning I woke up feeling less-pregnant. I just felt ... lighter somehow. Boobs are still sore when I poke them though. Started having heavy/pressure like feeling "down there" since I came back from Tesco around 1.30pm. I thought it was because I walked too much. So had lunch and rested on the couch for several hours. Got up to pee a few times and discharge was clean. Then about 30 mins ago, went to the toilet, wiped -- blood. My midwife taught me how to recognize the colour of blood to know if its fresh or old. Earlier it was definitely fresh. Before I flushed, I looked down and there they were ... blood clots. 2 clots... size of a thumb each.
Again, I felt "lighter" if that makes sense. Checked my boobs - still sore and feel full.
Any ideas? I don't want to be running to A&E and only to be told to go home again. I've done that 3 times and the 2 gynaes basically told me off for getting all panicky because the heartbeat was still there. The last one told me that even if I had a miscarriage, nothing can be done. Pointless to rush to A&E; they can't help to save the fetus. Just wait out to my 12 week scan which is scheduled on 23 Nov.
You are right that rushing to A&E is not necessary right now. What you should do is call the EPAU of your hospital first thing in the morning and explain to them what has happened. Hopefully they will see you. They might ask you to go to your GP first so if that happens explain you need an emergency appointment or go to a walk in clinic. Unfortunately clots are often a bad sign, but there are other explanations for bleeding so it is impossible for anyone on here to be able to tell you what is going on.
If it stops this evening, phone the EPAU in the morning anyway. If it progresses into a miscarriage, it is perfectly OK to show up at A&E if you are in pain that you can't manage at home with ibuprofen or paracetamol, or if you are bleeding very heavily (changing a pad every hour or more) or you have very large clots that you are worried about. If this happens phone your A&E for advice or just go in if you need to.
Wishing you the best of luck and hoping that it turns out to be a good outcome.
Hi! So sorry you are going through this stuff it's so nervewracking If I were in your position I would go to the emergancy room regardless of how they reacted last time. Who cares, they don't have to like you...its for your own peace of mind. And if you feel your baby might be in danger or you are super anxious I believe it's best for both of you to find out and put your mind at ease. So unfortunate that many people in the health care industry have become hardened to some stuff, because they see it every day and it is no longer emotional to them. But really, if you were my best friend this is the advice I would give you....and I'm sure if it were someone else you'd say the same. Don't worry about being judged....do what's right for you. Fingers crossed all is okay xoxo
In the UK they are usually unable to scan you in the accident and emergency department. There really is nothing they can do. If you are in a lot of pain they may admit you onto a ward for your miscarriage but if you are just having bleeding, it is better to be having that in your own home than waiting for three hours in the hospital.
If they could give you a scan and give you peace of mind, I would say go right now. But I know from my own experience that it won't happen (I had the misfortune of starting a miscarriage at the beginning of a long bank holiday weekend at Easter this year - had to wait from Saturday till Tuesday for confirmation). It is not that the health profession don't care, although some of them seem to lack compassion for this issue at times.
I know how hard it is but what will be will be. If it is a miscarriage then the fact that you have had clots means the pregnancy is already lost. If it is going to be ok then it will still be ok tomorrow. Nothing you or anyone else can do in the meantime will change the outcome of the pregnancy.
In the meantime, try to carry on resting this evening as much as you can. Find all the phone numbers you need for the morning (If you don't know the nearest EPU or their number I am an expert googler and happy to help) or perhaps call your midwife if they have an out of hours number or a mobile you can ring for advice.
Don't hesitate to go to the hospital if you think you need them though.
Thank you, ladies. There is an EPAU in the hospital near me which I have been before. It was where I got told off. I think I am starting to feel slight pulling sensation on the left abdomen. I think the horrible thing is happening ... just spoke to DH and he is on his way back from work. Might just go to the A&E after dinner to just get it over and done with. Otherwise, I will be guessing the whole night.
So no other reasons for the clots besides miscarriage?
When I was pg with my 4th, I had something called a sub chorionic hematoma. It's basically a blood clot in the uterus. I bled for weeks! I was actually put on bed rest in the beginning. I had regular u/s to check on the clot. The fear was the blood clot would grown and affect the baby. Eventually the blood clot got smaller and smaller. The baby was never affected by it and I now have a little miracle baby who is 6 years old now.
I'm sure if you do a search on it you'll find a lot of helpful info. I'd also ask my Dr. about it.
I know that it is a very scary thing to go through, as a similar thing happened to me. I didn't rush to A&E but called the nhs direct and they said based on the symptoms that i should called my doctor as soon as possible the next day. As I was only 8 weeks at the time my doctor said it was a miscarriage. However, it turns out it wasn't as now at 13 weeks!
Doctor said there were a couple of natural reasons why it could happen, but we would never really know the reason - but the main thing is that eveything is still ok.
If you are concerned give the nhs direct a call - they were helpful and will help set your mind at ease.
Hi there, just crashing but wanted to say that the clots don't necessarily mean you passed clots from your uterus. When you rest after bleeding the blood can pool in your vagina and clot, and then when you get up it comes out.
I had a lot of bleeding with my DD, fresh bleeds at 6, 8 and 10 weeks... the worst was at six weeks and it was on and off for a few days... she's now a very healthy 16 month old.
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