Jump to content

Updated: Light brown spotting at 23 weeks
Concerning?


  • Please log in to reply
24 replies to this topic

#1 Nervy

Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:56 PM

Hi Ladies,

I have had some brown spotting over the last few weeks, sometimes it can be a dull red colour, most of the time its brown. I did have this in my first pregnancy and it was 'unexplained', but keep wondering whether I should be heading to the hospital? Bubby is pretty active now, and can feel movement throughout the day and havent noted any changes. Also, my placanta is anterior and high, not low lying.
My OB appointment is in 2 days and i have taken photos (TMI!) of the spotting to show him, but do you think i should be racing into ER? Just after some opinions? Thanks so much

Edited by Nervy, 17 February 2013 - 11:42 AM.


#2 Natttmumm

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:26 PM

I think I would ring the Obyn and get him to call you back. Sometimes mine says come in to the office that day

#3 WibbleWobble

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:26 PM

I was advised by my obs that any spotting/bleeding should be checked out straight away. My pregnancies were high risk, but I would assume it would be the same for any pregnancy.



#4 QueenElsa

Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

Ring your OB/midwives. The ED would send you up to birth suite for an assessment.

#5 Koobie83

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:00 PM

I would get it checked, if it was me. Just to be on the safe side.

#6 FEdeRAL

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:08 PM

You should definitely ring your OB and let him know about the spotting.

#7 Nervy

Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:18 AM

Thanks so much ladies, i called the OB and he is calling me back (he is in theatre) to tell me to either come to his rooms or the hosp. The reaction was that we dont muck around with bleeding at 23-24 weeks, so i am glad i called.

#8 bright*future

Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:29 AM

Any news Nervy?

#9 Nervy

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

Thanks Brightfuture, I updated my DIG but didnt update this thread, so here goes;

I went in the other day and i was still bleeding so OB had a good look at the colour etc, did an ultrasound and took a swab, tested to see if amniotic fluid leaking, and also did an internal exam of cervix. He said i had two choices, either be admitted to hospital for a few days so they can monitor me, or go home and monitor myself. I chose to go home, because he said they wont do anything to save bubby (IF this was a sign of preterm labour) until i was 24 weeks (3 days away). So i go back on Monday and he will check me out again (i will be over 24 weeks) and he gave me the worst case scenario of going to Sydney (1.5 hours away) (hospitals where i live arent equiped for so early deliveries) and they will give me injection to prepare bubbys lungs for birth.
TOTALLY overwhelming, but so pleased with my OB on how he delivered this info to me and how thorough he was in checking me. MOST LIKELY it is just one of those unexplained bleeds, so im keeping positive and my gut feeling is telling me its all OK.

The good news is, at my 20 week scan bubs was measuring a week behind, well he has caught up with flying colours and back on track spot on to the date! (which im taking as a great sign!)

Now its been 2 days since the bleed and it seems to have settled down to light spots, I am in a much better headspace and i am hoping my OB gave me the worst case scenario to prepare me, but most likely to go on as normal. I have another apointment on monday (3 days time) so he can have another look and go from there.

Thanks again x original.gif

#10 bright*future

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:21 AM

That sounds really positive, I'm glad bubby is back on track!! Hope your appt in 3 days is even more promising!!

#11 StopTheGoats

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

Good luck!

#12 Nervy

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:46 AM

I jus thought i would update this thread, in case it happens to others. I am now 25 weeks and have had the spotting/ bleeding every day for nearly 2 weeks and its now red in colour. I have had 2 x steriod injections and 2 ultrasounds and everything is looking normal. Every day i wake up and pray there is no blood but its always there. I am taking each day as it comes, and am monitoring mysel closely and trying to stay positive as ever! I have googled so much and couldnt find anything about DAILY spotting/ blood loss this far into the 2nd trimester. My doc says it is pointing to a premature labour :-(

#13 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:54 AM

Oh god how terrifying for you! Praying that baby stays in there for as long as possible. So scary sad.gif

#14 Tammy Swanson

Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:07 PM

Just wanted to say good luck Nervy! If this happened in your last pregnancy I am sure all will be fine but sounds like you have a good OBs so you will be in safe hands original.gif

#15 Koobie83

Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:22 PM

My goodness how scary... Good luck nervy. It sounds like you are in safe hands and are being looked after. Stay put bub!

#16 Nervy

Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

Thanks ladies! I hope i report back with going all the way to 40 weeks! Hows for thinking the FIRST trimester is stressful!

#17 Elemenopee

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:49 PM

Good luck OP - hope you get a few more weeks yet. I am glad you are being closely monitored.

#18 bluetea

Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

Good luck OP. I hope bubs decides to stay put for a while yet.

Has your OB recommended bed rest?

#19 Nervy

Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:14 AM

Me too girls, OB did not recommend bed rest, although just to 'take it easy'. He has offered a few times if i want to be admitted into hosp but there's nothing they can do there at this point except wait & watch to see if the bleeding get heavier. I can do that from home and i would need to go to a city hospital Sydney or Newcastle if the worst was to happen. Its very hard with a 2.5 year old to be inactive though! I think my OB is fab too, he has done everything he possibly can at this point! Thanks for the support! original.gif

#20 FEdeRAL

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

Good luck OP. Glad to hear that you have had your steroid shots. Do you have anyone that can help out with your toddler so that you can literally put your feet up for at least a couple of hours during the day? I have two prem babies and I do believe you should definitely take it easy. Also if there is any slight twinge of pain at all you should get it check out immediately.

Crossing my fingers for you that this is just one of those unexplained benign bleedings that some women get in their pregnancy original.gif

#21 Purelle

Posted 18 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

Wow nervy, fingers crossed hubs is nice and comfy in there in no hurry to come out. Xx

#22 LovenFire

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

Hi OP,

One of the ladies in my mothers' group had a troublesome second pregnancy - lots of bleeds etc.  All bleeds were checked out with OB and sometimes, admission to hosp too.

BUT...her bub ended up staying put until a week past its EDD.

Just wanted to share the positive story, and hope your baby stays warm, safe and snug for many weeks more.

good luck

#23 Nervy

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:15 PM

Thank you for the positive stories they are so nice to hear and im praying every day I am lucky enough to soon share a positive story!

Leeloomina, did you have spotting/ bleeds with your pregnancy with your two babies? How many weeks were they born?

#24 FEdeRAL

Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:30 PM

Hi Nervy my situation is a little different.

I had brown spotting from 1st timester that turned red in both pregnancies, but this is due to a combination of irritable uterus and a weak cervix. The second time round with DD I had fortnightly ultrasounds, the last routine u/s indicated a full length cervix, then 3 days later I started having intense and frequent BH contractions at noon, went to the hospital at 5pm and my cervix was already funneling with less than 1cm to go. Luckily both times they managed to keep bubs in long enough for the steroids to become effective. DS was born 27 weeks and DD 28 weeks.

Anyway that is why I thought you should get yourself checked out by your OB asap if you experience any slight pain.

Having said that while I was stuck in the hospital on bedrest I read online that there are many many women (more likely than not, as a matter of fact) who had unexplained bleeding in their pregnancy and went on to deliver at full term. So try not to worry too much but it can't hurt to cut yourself a little slack in terms of houseworks  wink.gif

#25 Nervy

Posted 18 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

Thank you Leeloomina for your story. I hope your babies are thriving now, and i think thats all they can give us is steroids to prepare for premature labour?
I will definately take your advice, and thank you original.gif




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The popular baby name from the Rio Olympics

"With a pair of athletes who are not only successful, but seen as great role models – combined with a softer sound – it is like hitting the jackpot."

Toy stuck in baby's throat for two weeks

When Jude Atiga's baby son Laith was struggling to breathe the worried mum called an ambulance.

Mum awarded $20 million over birth power struggle with nurses

As a mother of three, Caroline Malatesta thought she knew what she was letting herself in for when it came to the birth of her fourth baby.

Win a Baby Jogger City Premier for Father's Day

To celebrate Father's Day, one lucky EB fan will win one of their own! Enter Now!

'There's a giant picture of BOOBS but I can not feed my child'

A mum was ushered out of an US department store's underwear section after discreetly breastfeeding her baby.

Why fatherhood scares many dads-to-be

Travis Bull vividly remembers discovering his partner was pregnant for the first time.

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

Warning for pregnant women as flu-related deaths triple

A more than three-fold increase in flu-related deaths has sparked a plea for those with the flu to stay away from vulnerable people.

I'm trying to keep my child-free friends in my life, but it's tough

I tried to prove to my single friends that I was the same I'd always been. But marriage did change me - and motherhood has, too

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Too many parents still putting babies in unsafe bedding: study

A study found that a whopping 91 per cent of four-week-old babies had been placed in cots with unsafe bedding.

Mum's shock as toddler fat-shamed by internet trolls

When a mother uploaded a cute photograph of her 14-month old child online, she did not expect a swarm of internet trolls to write that her toddler was fat.

How an Aldi staff member made one exhausted mum's day

It was a simple act of kindness, but one that made an exhausted mother's day.

The most awww-worthy celeb baby pics of the week

It's been a pretty cute week on Instagram in terms of celebs relishing their babies.

When 'Just Do It' just doesn't cut it

When even Michelle Bridges admits to struggling with her exercise regime, it's time to accept that having small children can be a legitimate reason for exercise not happening.

What life is really like when you have five kids

Life is cute with one, manageable with three, but at times completely impossible with five.

When no one can pronounce your baby's name

In Wales it's a common name, but over here, it's cause for some confusion.

Dad shares horror tale after Roomba's run-in with dog poop

It's the poop story that's been shared hundreds of thousands of times around the world.

How a homemade wheelchair is giving baby Evelyn freedom

Like all one-year-olds, Evelyn Moore is keen to get moving and explore the world around her. But a battle with aggressive cancer left the little girl paralysed from the waist down.

Single to double pram that folds with seat attached

A pram is a large purchase, and you only want to buy once.

Mum-to-be surprises husband with big news in joy-filled photoshoot

When Bri Dow learnt that she was expecting, she immediately knew she wanted to break the news to her husband Brandon in a special way.

Blake Lively: 'Post-pregnancy slim down pressure is so unfair'

Blake Lively has urged women not to feel pressured to lose weight after pregnancy.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

ENTER NOW

Win one of two Father's Day Gift Packs

Sign up to receive our new Essential Kids announcements emails for a chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.