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#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

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