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Old Feb 23rd, 2012, 17:11 PM   1
Mia Evan
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Doctor Recommended Bed Rest??


I got my first BFP just two days ago, I'm about 4 weeks. I just came back from the doctor's and now I'm worried after telling him my symptoms I thought I was having pretty "normal" symptoms based on what I read here on the forum: fatigue, bloating, mild cramps/ ovary pain, and light brown discharge. I told my family doctor about the light brown discharge (it's VERY little, only noticeable when I wipe), and he said I should be on bed rest!!

Did anyone else get the same advice for light brown spotting during the first few weeks? He basically said I should stay off my feet, even take time off from work if I have to until the brown discharge stops, to prevent possible miscarriage bc brown spotting could be a sign that the fertilized egg isn't "secure" in the uterus...

I'm really worried now I just want everything to be ok...



 
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Old Feb 23rd, 2012, 17:19 PM   2
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I'm not medical, but as far as I've read: discharge is fairly common. If the discharge is unrelated to miscarriage, then it's going to happen no matter what you do. If the discharge is related to a miscarriage, it's going to happen no matter what you do. You can't lie still and just hope the blastocyst stays attached. Viable blastocysts stick even if you're a champion trampolinist. Unviable ones won't stick if you lie flat for 9 months. His mental image of your uterine post-it-note system is cute, but I suspect it is way off the mark.

Are you in the UK, was he a GP? If this is some top fertillity doc then... still seek a second opinion, but if he was a British GP he's talking out of his bum, saying something that 'sounds a bit right'.

At the very least, maybe get a second opinion if you can - or simply wait it out a couple of weeks, and finger's crossed it improves.



 
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Old Feb 23rd, 2012, 18:34 PM   3
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I'm not a doctor either, but I totally agree with Ran. Unless this person has some SERIOUS credentials, this just sort of sounds wacko. I mean, I can't even think of a situation where the force of gravity would be enough to cause a miscarriage in a viable pregnancy. The only thing I can imagine is (a) if you're some kind of intense bicyclist or you do other activities that are strenuous down there, it makes sense to lay off if there's bleeding or (b) if your doctor just doesn't want you to stress and knows you'll be more relaxed if you take it easy.

Anyway, this sounds like second-opinion material to me.



 
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Old Feb 23rd, 2012, 18:36 PM   4
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I had brown spotting around 6weeks I was just told to "take it easy" maybe thats what your doc meant.



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2012, 01:30 AM   5
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I dont have spotting but my doctor in the UK when we went to confirm pregnancy told me to carry on pretty much as normal and that if its viable then it will continue pretty much no matter what. She also told me to remember i am pregnant not ill!! Which made me laugh a lot.

I have always read that bes rest is helpful later in pregnancy but everything i have read says it wont make a difference to bed rest.

I agree i would seek a second opinion! Hope everything is ok. x



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2012, 03:47 AM   6
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I agree with the others, it sounds like extreme advice. I was advised bed rest and chose to ignore it - I went for a run this morning! If you are going to miscarry in these early weeks there is nothing you can do to stop it. I'm sure you will be fine though! Get a second opinion but in the meantime just listen to your body and take it easy if you are worried xxx



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Old Feb 24th, 2012, 04:10 AM   7
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Lol at 'talking out his bum!' i think if it was a Brit GP, he was probably trying his best but lets face it, some of them have been sat in their dusty little cupboards too long and have some fairly antiquaited ideas.

You felt okay, you went in the docs with what you knew to be common symptoms. Trust in yourself as well as the medics - what im trying to say is don't let them worry you more than is neccessay. Easier said than done but i have been pretty shocked by the way some of the docs have spoken to me as if my brown spotting spelt ineviatable mc when I know this is not always the case from speaking with you girls.

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I'm not medical, but as far as I've read: discharge is fairly common. If the discharge is unrelated to miscarriage, then it's going to happen no matter what you do. If the discharge is related to a miscarriage, it's going to happen no matter what you do. You can't lie still and just hope the blastocyst stays attached. Viable blastocysts stick even if you're a champion trampolinist. Unviable ones won't stick if you lie flat for 9 months. His mental image of your uterine post-it-note system is cute, but I suspect it is way off the mark.

Are you in the UK, was he a GP? If this is some top fertillity doc then... still seek a second opinion, but if he was a British GP he's talking out of his bum, saying something that 'sounds a bit right'.

At the very least, maybe get a second opinion if you can - or simply wait it out a couple of weeks, and finger's crossed it improves.



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Old Feb 24th, 2012, 04:27 AM   8
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I had slight bown stringey discharge with DS2 at about 9 weeks after a D&C (After MMC) and they said the same to me. And DS was fine. Just take his advice and rest up/stay off work etc xx



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2012, 12:23 PM   9
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Sometimes vaginal bleeding is labeled threatning miscarriage. It doesn't mean that you will miscarry by any means, it just a term they give when you are bleeding and they can't put a finger on why so they usually tell you to take it easy or bed rest.

Do not worry, think positively, but listen to your doctor. I had lost twins last year in 2nd trimester and I bleed early on. BUT, I was also moving, busy with an audit at work and doing way too much. I should've taken it easy like my doctor suggested, because I delivered my twins at 13 and 14 weeks. I am now pregnant again also with twins. I am only 7 weeks, but I have not been lifting a finger. Please rest and take it easy my dear. You will be fine.



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Old Feb 24th, 2012, 12:27 PM   10
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Hi hun
I didn't have exactly the same situation but I went to an on call doctor about 2 weeks ago due to some spotting. I was so upset and scared and he diagnosed a "threatened miscarriage" and sent me home. I was completely freaked out and never felt so stresed. I visited my GP the day after because my mum who's a midwife said she thought the on call doctor had been a bit ridiculous and my GP was totally appalled that he'd said it to me. It was such light spotting and stopped after I wiped once. So I went through about 24 hours of complete stress and everything is okay now and hopefully will stay that way.
I just wanted to say get second opinions if you can and stay strong because it's likely you'll be absolutely fine!
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