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I found bright pink blood on the toliet paper Sunday morning, after I used the bathroom. Then it stopped, for a bit. Nothing til Monday night. When I used the bathroom right before bed I found brownish blood. Now, tuesday morning there is brown AND pink blood. WTF is going on?:
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I have no experience with this, but did you call your midwife/doctor? Let us know what is up.
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Thanks Kerry. I'm going to the midwives for a glucose tolerance test in 30 minutes, so I'll ask them then....
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I was due about the same date as you last year, and had spotting about this time last year. I actually gushed brownish blood after intercourse, and spotted over the course of a couple of weeks. Everything ended up just fine. The OB (before I switched to a MW) put me on vaginal rest, meaning nothing goes into there. I rested and ate well, and didn't have any problems.
It's my understanding that you shouldn't be worried about spotting unless it is bright red, but it's a good idea that you're contacting your MW.
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I'm almost 8 weeks now and I have had spotting on and off since week 4 and my Dr. keeps saying its normal and to only be worried if it is fresh blood (brighr red) or if other PG symptoms have disappeared (mainly nipple tenderness)

Your case might be different but I think we just have to try to not worry about it.

Dr. said it has something to do with the Placenta attaching itself and may actually be a good sign.
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It could also be cause by yeast or bacterial infection. After totally freaking out about a couple of spits of brownish discharge I found out I had bacterial vaginosis easily treatable by an antibiotic and harmless to the baby. It plagued me for the remainder of the pregnancy.

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I've had brown spots every day for the last week and a half (since like two days after I found out I was pg), and can't get in to the doctor for at least two weeks (waiting for medicaid paperwork to come through), but my husbands said it was nothing to worry about, his first wife had it early in her pg., so I'm not letting myself worry.
(And thinking about burning my copy of What to Expect when you're Expecting).

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Here, here on burning What to Expect When You're Expecting. I had a fair amount of spotting between weeks 6 and 7 and 100% assumed I was having a miscarriage (my previous pregnancy ended in a miscarriage so I had an idea of what the spotting would look like). Most sources of information made me feel it was inevitable, as though only in rare cases does the story have a happy ending. Since then, I've learned of tons of women who have had spotting/bleeding who have gone on to have their babies. Of course, you can't help but worry, but it's nice to have a little hope.

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TL, how's everything going? I hope you and baby are ok. I spotted in my last pregnancy around week 7, if I remember correctly, although I know if I do it again this pregnancy, I will be here asking questions...
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mw said she will check my hcg count and then I'll go back in 2 days to get it checked again. She said it should double. I just wish I KNEW what the heck was going on in there!
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I spotted around 7 weeks during both of my pregnancies. I miscarried the first. Drank rasberry tea and took wild yam the second time and the spotting stopped. Wise women say the rasberry tea helps the uterus be a good home and the wild yam brings up your hormone levels if they are low. Half of the hormones preventing menstruation are the mothers and half are from the baby during early pregnancy. If the embryo is not producing his half of the hormones, the wild yam will not help. But if your hormone levels are low, it will. I was told by a neo-natalogist, mid-wife, and ob/gyn that the wild yam will not harm the developing baby. My son (pregnancy #2) is very healthy. If I spot during a future pregnancy, I will definitely take the wild yam.

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Thanks. Where do you get wild yam? Wholefoods?
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I telephoned the health food store a couple of miles from my house when I started spotting with ds. They didn't have any. Telephoned the second closest (about 15 miles away) and they did. I wanted to find some fast, so I didn't want to drive the 50 miles to Whole Foods. If there's a whole foods close to you, call them. Some women use it for birth control, (pregnancy hormones prevent ovulation -- natural pill) so they may have it. Good luck to you. I'm sending healthy baby vibrations your way.

BTW - after taking it for a couple of weeks, morning sickness really kicked in and they would no longer stay down.

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LILYKA... I hear you with the vaginosis...I was just diagnosed with it today so maybe that is why I was spotting, eventhough my Dr. said he didn't believe it was connected.
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