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147932 tn?1226966110

brown spotting during pregnancy

I'm approx 9-10 weeks pregnant and things have been going good. Yesterday though I had some brown spotting in my underwear. It was kind of creamy looking and didn't exactly smell like blood. It smelled more awful than anything else. Since I have been to the bathroom many times and only once since has it been there. I am curious has this happened to anyone else? Should I worry? Also, I dont know if this means anything but I have been SERIOUSLY constipated and haven't moved my bowels in almost a week. any ideas what the brown spotting could be caused from and should I be concerned?? thanks so much!
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147172 tn?1226758178
It's very common to have spotting in pregnancy, especially early pregnancy.  I spotted at about 7 weeks.  I'm not 34 weeks.
If you are extremely worried call your dr to have an u/s to be sure but unless it's really red I don't think you have annything to worry about.
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I had spotting of all kinds, pink, brown and bright red with tiny clots.  I'm now 23 weeks and everything is going well. It is very scary to see, but it does not always means something is wrong.  The important thing is that the amount does not increase and that you don't start to have cramping with it.  If it continues, then go ahead and call your OB/MW b/c they may want you to come in just to check it out.
147932 tn?1226966110
thanks for the replies... I am not having any cramping which I know is a good thing. the only thing that scares me is that i had a m/c in 2004 then i gave birth to my son later that year. with the mc though i had no bleeding or cramping. i had an u/s and heard the hb and everything was normal but 3 days later i went back to my appt and i was given another u/s where there was no hb seen. i dont know what happened in that short time but something happened. i was only 8 weeks with that pregnancy they gave me a d n c.  but wit my son i had a perfect pregnancy, no spotting no NOTHING. i guess thats why i get scared with everything this time cause things went so well with my son. but no cramping and the blood is gone allready and yesterday it was only brownish blood, i guess that means dried up blood from somewhere?? i called my ob and they told me to take it easy and not to worry bc it not red and it is allready gone and i have no cramps with it. so that eases my mind ALOT. i just want everything to go well and i want this baby so bad and i want her ot be healthy and i am doing everything to make sure of that. thanks for the replies, keep us in your prayers please... thanks soooo much
147932 tn?1226966110
So if you were me your basically saying you would not worry, right? Its hard not to worry or think about it bc its such a huge part of me and i love this baby so much and want her to be healthy. I really appreciate the advice from you both. Why would i be having brown old blood? I actually think all is going to be ok but like I said I just worry bc i guess thats natural. thanks
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I just found out I'm pregnant about 3 weeks ago. Currently I have brown spotting, along with a little blood. I went to the hospital and they said they need to monitor by HCG's but also that I have a UTI. I'm worried because I don't know if this is something serious or not and because it's so early the doctor said she can't tell me much. Has this happened to anyone else????
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i spotted at 14 weeks and panicked. a scan showed a completely normal baby and he is now 8 yrs. the doctors say it is easy to have an erosion on the cervix that can bleed a little during pregnancy. unless you are in awful pain and bleeding heavy you are ok. my sister had a rush of heavy bleading and lost some big clots at 10 weeks. katelin is now 10 yrs old. dont fret about it its all normal. people can have periods all through there pregnancys. after having an early miscarrage, let me tell you... YOU KNOW  without a shadow of a doubt what is happening and there is nothing that will stop it.
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I had that same thing with both pregnancies!! Everything turned out fine. My boys were born at term and are healthy today.

Brown blood is old blood and I think it happens with the placenta takes over from the luteal cyst so a little breakthrough bleeding happens... anywhere from 9-12 weeks this is what happens... Honestly do not worry about m/c... My doc said most m/c happen before 8 weeks...

Brown is OK, and it happend to me, my sister, my mother and my aunt, a friend and my sister in law... ALL of us had babies and no one miscarried.

HAPPY PREGNANCY TO YOU.


Try the message boards at: www.fertilityfriend.com (they have a pregnancy site too and you can talk to many women about preg. and then the birth/baby... you name it!)
147932 tn?1226966110
the blood hasn't been back so thats a plus and no cramping either. i have been resting with my feet up and basically being lazy, lol. anyways thanks to all of you for the replies, its alot of help to me. i'll let you all know more when i have my next appt but i'm sure all will be well. thanks all
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Hello Everyone. This is my first time bein on here. Im 6weeks and 5 days pregnant. This morning i went to my doctor cause i wasnt feel well. When i got to my doctor i started to bleed red. She checked me and she said that my cervix is closed. I know thats a good sign. So i went to the athrasound and she said that the baby looks fine to her, the heart is beatin. Right now im doin ok, im not cramping right now. but i was a little earlier than it stop. i dont understand what is wrong. Right now the doctor doesnt know why im bleedin. but i guess i have to wait and find out when they know something. Does anyone know what wrong with me if they had this problem? im just worry i dont want to lose my baby, this will be my second child. my daughter is 2 years old now and everything went good with her when i was pregnant with her. thanks
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I spotted at 5 weeks and am again spotting at 11 weeks.  I hate the feeling off seeing the brown on the tp!  I had an u/s on Tuesday and the baby looked great and had a hb of 169.  It still makes me so nervous!
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Hi everyone, it seems as though most of us are experiencing the same symptoms! I have just found out i am 5 weeks pregnant. And have brown slight discharge when i go to the loo. I wouldnt say im experiencing cramps but my stomach does hurt intermittently through the day, it seems to tighten. Any ideas?
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I am approximately 5 weeks pregnant and I too noticed brown on the TP last Tuesday.  I panicked when I saw it.  I called my doctor and she said that's normal.  But I am still nervous and worried.  This is our first child and I'm 32 years old.  Every pain I feel I keep imagining that I'm having a miscarriage.  I have this slight little tightening pain that comes and goes in my right groin area which is making me nervous.  I don't have cramps in my stomach but from time to time I get what it feels like premenstrual cramps but then goes away.  But it's the brown with the slight brownish discharge that is making me worried.  Any thoughts or info?
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I am 8 weeks today and have been spotting brown for 5 days ... I went to the Dr the first day I noticed it and she said that I was fine. She took a swab and found that I have bacterial vaginosis which could be part of the cause. But mostly that it is normal to have brown spotting in early pregnancy. As long as it doesnt turn red and there is no abdominal pain, brown is ok. However, I hope it goes away soon, it worries me, even tho' they say its normal. I dont want to worry any more. I did have an u/s last Tues and everything looks good. A heartbeat of 136 and all appeared normal. My Dr. stated that between the weeks of 7-9 if you get a strong heartbeat like mine then your chance of miscarriage is 3% .... So I will do my best to not worry any more! And so should the rest of you! Its not good for mommy or baby!
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I just read your posting and you sound exactly like me ... I feel the cramps and tightening in the right side of my groin too ...This is also my first pregnancy ... I am 8 weeks today.. Really I think this is all normal considering that miscarriages consist of red blood and a lot of pain. We should not worry its not healthy! You should be getting an u/s soon that will help settle your anxiety, a strong heartbeat considerably lowers the risk of a miscarriage ! Cheers!
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It's a little reassuring when you know what you're going through seems to me more common than you think.  I've been spotting on and off for almost a week and a half.  I am now exactly 7 weeks and 1 day pregnant.  I had an ultrasound last Thursday and they said everything was fine.  I did however have bacterial vaginosis as well as a yeast infection.  This is my fourth pregnancy and beleive you me no matter what you hear or how many times you've been pregnant, any spotting scares you.  Fortunately I have had no cramping, so I guess I just need to sit back and hope for the best.
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I also am 8 weeks pregnant and having the brown spotting on and off for about 2 weeks. It has seem to stop on its own, Today was the first doctor appointment and when he did the exam he said that there was some dark brown blood still inside of me. I have an ultrasound next Friday I hope everything goes well.. I am very scared that something is wrong... But for now I guess I will take it easy and relax until next Friday..
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I'm about 5 wks pregnant. I have brown discharge everytime I wipe. I had a m/c in dec. I'm worry.
I found out very early that I was pregnant. My HCG level was 34 but now two weeks later its at 7000. I see my doc today and have an u/s.  I'm scared.
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I had the same thing. I was pregnant in Dec of 2006 and miscarried in March of 2007. I was spotting brown starting the 6th week and continued till the misscarriage. They thought possibly UTI, which I did have but still miscarried anyway. The did u/s and took blood for the HCG Level and everything was fine with those. I had a silent miscarriage, where there was no boleeding, no cramping, or anything. I am now pregnant again and about 6weeks and having the brown spotting again. I am going to the er tomorrow to have all the same testing again to see if I am miscarring or its just normal. So to all of you experiancing the same thing.....dont let them tell you its normal, bcause that just may not be the case. Not all women and all pregancies go by the books. They are all different. Listen to you gut and go with it. Nine times out of ten you are right. Most women are intuned to theor bodies  Tell your dr and make them check you if you are not sure...thats what they are being paid to do. If not...get a doc that wants to make you feel confortable and that is willing to do what you want...not what they want to do just cause they are lazy.  Good Luck to you all!!!
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I'm 6 weeks pregnant and have had brown spotting for 4 days. I was feeling quite hopeful after reading comments up untill I read you one. Don't you think it would be better to be hopeful up untill m/c if thats the outcome rather then be misserable untill you find out whether its m/c or not? I don't think your comment was appropriate.
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I am 6 weeks pregnant and have had light brown spotting since I became pregnant.. It is only when I wipe however almost everyday sometimes up to 6 times a day when I go to the washroom. My HCG levels are right where they should be. The Dr says it is to early for a scan. My last 2 pregnancies ended in misscarriages before I was a month pregnant. I have a 4 1/2 son and had no problems with that pregnancy. I an really worried, Any thoughts or info?
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I have been having the brown spotting myself.  I am around 8 wks pregnant.  My doctor told me it was fine as long as its brown.  They said it was from the baby implanting on a blood vessel.   The blood just takes a while to come out.  I hope they are right.  Maybe this  could also be the case with most of you.  I wish you all luck with your pregnancies.
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I am 13 weeks pregnant, 39, with twins and was diagnosed with placenta previa. I woke up 6 days ago at around 5:00a.m to go to work and when I stood up there was a huge gush of bright red blood, but with no pain. Needless to say it was terrifying, and we went straight to the ER. We thought we were miscarrying the twins. After a series of ultrasounds (internal and external) I was diagnosed with a complete previa but both twins are doing fine so far! My high risk OB suggested that the previa may move in the next few months, however, twins complicates the issue and I will be closely monitored. I have been on bed rest for 6 days now and the bleeding is slowly stopping, however, I am told I must be prepared to experience further bleeding and go straight to the ER if severe symptoms occur again.

Right now I continue to spot brown blood with small clots...it's unnerving to say the least.  Has anyone experienced this?  How did things turn out?
147932 tn?1226966110
hi, i noticed that this post was up and its weird bc its from last year (06) .. anyways when i was spotting with that pregnancy it did end up in mc.. i am again pregnant now 7wks and of coarse i'm so scared. this is my 4th pregnancy.. i have a 3 yr old son and i've had 2 mc... i just hope everything will be ok this time. when i was pregnant with my son i had placenta previa too, i bled here and there but it all ended fine. i stopped bleeding toward the end and the previa did move like you said.. good luck to you and i hope all is well with the twins. take care
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hi im 7 weeks 5 days pregnant and i hav had some brown discharge when wiping after the toilet.
i also have had a miscarraige before and cant help but be terrified of what the outcome will be.
i want this baby so badly,i dont think i could handle losing it.
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