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#1 of 9 Old 12-02-2009, 11:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok, I'm posting for my sister who is about 6 1/2 weeks pregnant (possibly). She has bright red bleeding for 2 days, no clotting or cramping, just bleeding. Then it stopped for a day and she is having light bleeding again today. Still no cramping or clotting. She's in a different country, so getting an ultrasound will take a few days, and she's scheduled to fly out of the country for Christmas vacation before she can get in. So.....obviously time will tell, but can anyone share their experiences with either early spotting/subchorionic hemorrhage or early miscarriage. Anyone want to take a guess?

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My miscarriage started out as spotting, light pink. Then it progressed to red bleeding for a couple of days. It turned into clots and cramping after that. It is really hard to say for sure but most likely, I would think it is an early miscarriage, though lots of women say that they had bleeding and bore healthy babies.

I wish her the best and hope it is nothing to be concerned about.
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It could go either way. Something like 30% of pregnant people who go on to have successful pregnancies and give birth to babies report bleeding in the first trimester.

Really, the only way to tell is ultrasound...the difference between an early miscarriage and other bleeding is that in the former, the baby is gone and not in the latter.

It could also be vanishing twin, where one twin is miscarried and the other is not. Time will tell, and I hope it works out the way she hopes.

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Really, the only way to tell is ultrasound...the difference between an early miscarriage and other bleeding is that in the former, the baby is gone and not in the latter.
Yeah...that's what we were thinking. I just wasn't sure how often miscarriages have neither cramping nor clotting.

She wasn't trying, and wanted her kids spaced a little further apart (they would be 25 months), but is fine if she's pregnant too.

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Bright red blood is a concern...I had bright red spotting with DS#1 and my Dr was concerned...his office didn't do U/S everyday but he was worried enough to have me go to an OB he worked with. I had an U/S that didn't help much diagnostically speaking (I'm against transvaginal U/S's in early pregnancy but didn't know better back then) and ordered to rest and abstain from sex. I followed orders and everything was fine.

Also, she doesn't have to have al U/S. A blood test will show if her hCG levels are on par with where they should be and whether or not they're doubling like they should.

Best wishes for your sister. And you hang in there Auntie!

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Bright red blood is a concern...I had bright red spotting with DS#1 and my Dr was concerned...his office didn't do U/S everyday but he was worried enough to have me go to an OB he worked with. I had an U/S that didn't help much diagnostically speaking (I'm against transvaginal U/S's in early pregnancy but didn't know better back then) and ordered to rest and abstain from sex. I followed orders and everything was fine.

Could someone get her baby aspirin? It's supposed to help blood clotting and can possibly help in very early stages of M/C.

Best wishes for your sister.
It doesnt help to clot blood, it helps to thin it to prevent clotting. And it doesn't help in early stages of M/C it helps prevent M/C by women with clotting disorders.

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In case anyone is curious, she's pregnant. She has a subchorionic hematoma. I predicted this from a few thousand miles away and her DOCTOR was talking about a D&C with her! I'm horrified!! Obviously she was smart enough to wait it out. I'm posting this in case it's helpful to anyone else. She bled so much in about 20 minutes that she bled through an enormous pad, her clothes, and onto the chair she was sitting on. SCH can cause a LOT of bleeding. Doesn't automatically mean a miscarriage!

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I was curious. I am really glad to hear that it was SCH, not that is a good thing to have but better than a MC. Thanks for the update.
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(I'm against transvaginal U/S's in early pregnancy but didn't know better back then)
on a side note, can i ask why your against these?

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