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Old 11-12-2006, 05:10 AM - Thread Starter
 
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this may be a stupid question but how would you know if you definately had miscarried? I mean without having an ultrasound or anything. i am not scheduled to meet with my midwife for another two weeks. when i called her the other day to let her know i was bleeding she said to wait and see how things went. It has been about six days and the bleed has stopped. Not knowing is sort of driving me insane...but i was putting off going to the emergency room for an ultrasound.
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i have wondered this as well. ie, how long would it have to be before a pregnancy test showed a negative etc..

wish i had an answer for you but i am interested to see what people say..

wishing you sticky dust and luck though..
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I am not sure either. She will not see you even if you are concerned? I hope everything turns out ok!
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she would see me but currently we are about four hours away from the midwife. i am planning on seeing here when i go home for thanksgiving. i guess this is the problem with having a midwife in another state...silly me.
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I had a mc at 7 weeks, and again at 6 weeks. With both of them I had negative preg. test about a week after the bleeding started. But they were always kind of week positives to begin with. And when I started bleeding I just had a feeling that things were not working right and that it was a mc. But it never hurts to double check with a doc. I did the first time but not the second time. We don't have the best health care and sometimes its better to stay far, far away! But if your midwife is out of town, and you're comfortable with waiting to see her thats ok too I think. I'd just watch for anything weird like heavy bleeding, cramping, fever. Good luck!
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When I had a mc at 8 weeks I was told that a pregnancy test might show a false positive for 4-6 weeks after the m/c ended.

Keep an eye out for fever or sever cramping, but the bleeding you had might be something to keep in mind. Did you pass tissue and clots? (sorry if that's TMI, but there it is). Or was it just blood? And if it was blood, was it enough to soak through a pad every few hours or just a little blood on your underwear or toilet tissue? A lot of blood, or blood with clots could be a mc. And a fever or other "flu-like" symptoms a sign that not everything was passed and you may need medical attention (to prevent infection).

But bleeding by itself doesn't always mean an mc and if you are comfortable waiting to see your midwife then just be gentle with yourself and don't assume the worst! But if it's driving you totally crazy and you can't relax, then perhaps a hospital visit would help.

I hope everything works out okay for you and the little one...

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I agree with pp who said it is fine to wait if you are relaxed, but also fine if you feel like you need to get checked out.

I had some bleeding at 6 weeks and felt awful and was VERY anxious. My midwife saw me the next day, did quantitative blood tests, and got me an ultrasound the day after that. I was tremendously relieved to see that heartbeat in the normal range and get good quant results.

It turns out I was fighting off a cold (or something--elevated white blood count) that just happened to coincide with the bleeding. That's why I felt SO awful.

I don't think I would've had a moment of peace until I heard that heartbeat in December if I hadn't gone in. I'm not a proponent of medicalized birth, but, when you get that worried, it is a tremendous blessing to have the option for reassurance!

Perhaps there is someone you could see locally just this once? Or perhaps you are much more mellow in temperament than I was!

Good luck to you and your babe.

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