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spotting, but not period? pregnant?


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Could I be pregnant? ... well, I mean, how likely is it that i'm pregnant?

 

I've had unprotected sex with my boyfriend a few times, and I checked an online ovulation calculator, and I had sex around the time I was probably ovulating.


Now I'm almost a week late for my period, but here's the weird thing.

I've been ..."spotting" i guess you could call it. On the day I was supposed to get my period I had pink spotting.. like minuscule amounts of spotting.. i checked often.. and then I went a couple days with NOTHING.. and then I had another day of light spotting. and still nothing..

is this a symptom of pregnancy? Or am I having the lightest period known to mankind?

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Congrats!!

I am so glad you have a supportive boyfriend and best friend.  Support is the most important thing.  You sound like you have a very, very good head on your shoulders, and the motivation to succeed in life, so I am confident you will!!  As I mentioned, I have never been pregnant, but I did go back to school to become a lawyer later in life and I can tell you that classmates of mine were pregnant and mothers, so it can be done!!  Especially if you have that support.

In the meantime, definitely take a prenatal vitamin (I've heard there's a very good one at Whole Foods, but it doesn't have omega 3 in it, so you need to take that as well), do the best you can with the eating (as long as you don't eat any raw food, and limit your fish intake, you'll be fine!) and get lots of rest!!  The doctor will tell you what else you need to do/not to do when you go there.  Best of luck!!

Thank you guys so much! I know I am capable of doing this. I told the school nurse that I was pregnant today.. and she gave me a lot of useful information.. so I'm just going to take it from there.

One thing that I am worried about, however, is that I have started "spotting" again. It's not really spotting.. more like a discharge.. sort of pinkish-yellowy-white gooey stuff (sorry for the in-detail description!) We've already established that my spotting (and it literally was spotting...) last week was probably implantation bleeding. .. So what is this?

Hmm. Not sure on that one. Discharge typically increases during pregnancy and there's a higher likelihood of yeast infections but I'm not sure about a pinkish discharge. It could be anything but I'd say as long as it's not DARK red and flowing it's probably nothing to worry about.

You might call the doctor if it persists. Surely they can get you in earlier if need be.

Well, after nosing around on the internet, it looks like pinkish discharge around 6-8 weeks after LMP is not uncommon. Evidently, implantation can take several days and may even last a week. The implantation bleeding can go on for some time. I didn't find any solid websites stating this but lots of forum discussions about it.

OK. now i'm worried. It's turned reddish pink now. Still no cramping though, but it's enough so I need a pad!!! It looks almost like a period.. I'm so scared! Is it possible I had TWO false positives and this is my period?? I'm calling the doctor's office ASAP.

{{{HUGS}}}}}

you can do this.  and we are SO here to help and answer the silliest questions you may have.

So, this is huge for you; and I'm so proud of the way you've been conducting yourself throughout all of this.  This must be so scary for you, but also a time filled with AWE and sighs of "Holy Cow!!!"  Just take deep breaths.  You're thinking for two now.

You're almost done with school and will be graduating.  Congrats!  That's great.  Sounds like you have a good support system; which will allow you to go to college; albeit maybe partime after the baby is born- but you can do it.  Instead of being a working mom; you'll be a learning mom LOL.  There were a few women in my class who were your age w/ little wee ones.

You know; I think about this often-  how life changes so quickly in an instant-  could be new life, sudden death, sickness; falling in love-  and we just have to move and shape ourselves to cope and stay strong.  Some days are harder than others;  and the hormones w/ pregnancy may not HELP with the coping LOL-  but that's why you have us and your family and your boyfreind.

This will be hard.  Being pregnant is the easy part.  Your life will change drastically now and once the baby is born.  Go to the doc this week if you can to get pre-natal vitamins; a blood test; and ask about the spotting.  I would not suggest waiting. 

People who you thought were your freinds may pull back; and people who you thought didn't care about you may step up to the plate.  It's going to be a roller coaster for you and your family.  let them accept this; and expect reactions instead of proactive responses.  Your family loves you and wants what is best.  And they will stick by you no matter what.

Make sure you eat right; at least 1800-2000 cals a day; leafy veggies have folic acid in them and that is what the baby needs right now while his/her nervous system is developing. 

Thinking of you-  and stay on the board b/c there are lots of women here who will support you and guide you through this.

Original Post by ilike2eatapplesandbananas:

OK. now i'm worried. It's turned reddish pink now. Still no cramping though, but it's enough so I need a pad!!! It looks almost like a period.. I'm so scared! Is it possible I had TWO false positives and this is my period?? I'm calling the doctor's office ASAP.

 I had a full blown period almost in my 11th week.  I really though I had miscarried.  Sometimes a minor tear in the placenta can cause bleeding., which is what I had  Get to your doc ASAP; this is very normal and common but you need to check it out.  I was freaked out too.  Actually I cried on the toilet for an hour thinking it was over.  But then I went to the doc's office and he said I was fine-  and I heard theheartbeat!

My sister-in-law had full-on bleeding around 16 weeks. She went to the ER and they did an ultrasound. The baby was fine. They said the placenta may have pulled a little or something along those lines. She had started a new exercise routine the day before and I'll bet money her body was protesting the new moves ;)

False positives are VERY rare. I'd call the office and have them page the on-call doctor if they're not open yet.

i called the doctor's office and i have an appointment in one hour. The bleeding is enough to need a pad... it's a darker red color.. like a period. I'm having cramping like a period. I'm only 5 weeks along.. is the placenta even formed this early? I'm terrified i'm having a miscarriage. I don't want it to end now that I know it's started. The hardest part is that I can't get treatment at the doctor's unless my mother is there, which means I have to tell her that I am (or was?? Cry) pregnant. It will be so hard just to tell her I am, and then if I am miscarrying, it'll be even harder for her to know that I was. I'm so scared.. I was preparing myself mentally for having a baby..  i had already accepted it, and was getting to the point where I was excited about it. Now I don't know what I would do if I lost it. It would be bittersweet.. I would've lost a life.. but I wouldn't have to face the difficulties of being a teenage mom.

I will keep you guys updated. I hope to God this isn't a miscarriage.

I dont understand how a dr's office can refuse treatment to someone who is 18.

Go to the Emerg at a hosp.  they wont refuse well  I hope not.

Do you  have a Planned Parenthood in your area?  Call them and go there if you can.  I don't think a doctor's office can refuse treatment even if you're 16.  I've never heard of such a thing.  Planned Parenthood will not refuse treatment.

Your doctor's office cannot refuse you medical treatment. I agree with others: head to the ER or Planned Parenthood (preferably an ER).

You're in my thoughts. Hope everything is okay.

Original Post by ilike2eatapplesandbananas:

i called the doctor's office and i have an appointment in one hour. The bleeding is enough to need a pad... it's a darker red color.. like a period. I'm having cramping like a period. I'm only 5 weeks along.. is the placenta even formed this early? I'm terrified i'm having a miscarriage. I don't want it to end now that I know it's started. The hardest part is that I can't get treatment at the doctor's unless my mother is there, which means I have to tell her that I am (or was?? Cry) pregnant. It will be so hard just to tell her I am, and then if I am miscarrying, it'll be even harder for her to know that I was. I'm so scared.. I was preparing myself mentally for having a baby..  i had already accepted it, and was getting to the point where I was excited about it. Now I don't know what I would do if I lost it. It would be bittersweet.. I would've lost a life.. but I wouldn't have to face the difficulties of being a teenage mom.

I will keep you guys updated. I hope to God this isn't a miscarriage.

 I had the exact same thing happen to me when I was 5 weeks pregnant with my second baby (I was 21 then)... I was laying down having a nap while my 7 month old daughter was napping.... someone knocked on the door, so I jumped off the couch and felt the blood running down my leg..... i was just like OMG... i bled quite heavily on and off for the next three days... i called my doctor and they pretty much told me as long as there was no clotting not to worry. But of course I did..... but 17 months later I have a healthy 8 and 1/2 month old son!!

I just wanted to share my story to give you a little comfort!! and I hope, especially since you are so excited, that everything works out for you, whatever they doctor may say today!!

I'm here for you in either event. You can message me if you want/need to talk!

oh gosh!  I am thinking about you... wont be home till late but.. keep us updated!

So I called my mom up at school where she works and was sobbing on the phone telling her to come right away. She hung up right then and sped right over to our house. I was crying and I told her I was pregnant but that I'm bleeding and that I have a doc's appointment. You know what she said? she said that she already knew!! something about motherly instinct and all that! lol. She was SOO great.. talking about her pregnancies and how she bled A LOT when she was pregnant with me.. she thought she'd had a miscarriage. She has also been through a miscarriage before, though, so she knows about that stuff. She said that if I'm not miscarrying, she will be there to help every step of the way. She didn't get angry, she was very calm and just was great.

OK. so i went to the doctors and they took a urine sample to determine if I really am pregnant.. it came back positive, but it was a very faint positive, which apparently means that it's pretty early on in the pregnancy. Too early to do an ultrasound to have a look-see at what's going on inside me. They took a blood sample to figure out how much of the pregnancy hormone I have today.. I have to go back and have another blood sample taken on Monday. If the hormone level increases, then it's just first trimester bleeding. If it decreases, then I'm miscarrying.

They said it's very likely that I am miscarrying, though... I'm cramping and it just looks like I'm having a very heavy period... I think altogether I've lost about 3-4 tablespoons of blood all today. But I think it might be tapering off a little bit now, but I'm not sure. I'm still crampy.. and scared. the waiting is the worst part.

I'm so happy to hear that your mother is so supportive! After the initial shock, my mother became my best friend and I to this day can't make it through motherhood without her.

I have no idea what you're going through right now so I'm not sure what consollation I can offer. At this point, whatever is going to happen will happen and there's not much anyone can do about it. I know that doesn't make it any easier but I'm not sure what else to say.

If you are miscarrying, I am so, so, so sorry. It's amazing how quickly you can become attached to that little being inside you. We'll be here for you through the waiting and whatever the results may be.

Sending thoughts your way tonight and all weekend.

your momma sounds like an amazing woman, so you're going to be an amazing momma yourself, maybe in nine months-  or maybe in a few years if this unfortunately doesn't happen for you.

Lean on her.  And us.  That's what we're here for.

I am so sorry sweetheart!  I am so glad your mom was understanding and SO there for you.  Thinking about you-- I have been thinking about you all day! Vanessa is right-- we will be here and its so great that your mom is totally on your side too.  If you need anything, just give me a yell.

You guys are so sweet. I don't know what I'd do without you..

I woke up this morning and the cramping is almost non-existant. I there was a fair amount of blood this morning, but I think that was all from last night --i was lying down and it didn't really have anywhere to go. So... MAYBE the blood is going down a bit.

But I will be SHOCKED if this isn't a miscarriage. It seems like I've lost too much blood, had too much cramping etc. for this to be normal.. This is so hard. Two days ago, I had to come to terms with the fact that I was pregnant. Now I'm going to have to come to terms with the fact that I was pregnant, but I probably flushed the baby down the toilet, or threw it away in a pad.

i just got off the phone with the doctors..

they told me my pregnancy hormone levels were only at 33. i took an ept 2 days earlier than they took the blood yesterday.. those only detect 25 units of the hormones.. and those hormones are supposed to double every 2 days.. so my levels should be AT LEAST 50 right now.

so i am probably having a miscarriage. I'm so devastated!!1 Cry

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