5 weeks pregnant with second child and bleeding

Rachel - posted on 10/31/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I am 5 weeks pregnant with my second child and just started bleeding. I feel exactly the same as I would on my regular period. It never happened with my first child. Can it be normal?

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I am sorry to hear about your loss and wish your family the best. You did the right thing by going to the ER, just remember it's nothing you did or didn't do. It just wasn't babies time and everything does happen for a reason. On the flip side if the bleeding happens again, you will know what to look for. My midwife told me something that helped me, think of how many times you have had a period that was a little heavier than normal. Chances are you have a miscarriage before and never knew it. Your body knows what is right, trust in it and all will be ok. Hugs to you.

I had bleeding with my son and ended up being a high risk with placenta previa and an abruption. He is now 4 and very healthy. I miscarried in Jan. and got to watch my cousin (a week before my DD) and a friend of both of ours (a week after my DD)have their babies. Needless to say we are trying again.

Ginger - posted on 11/03/2009

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Im sorry for your loss.. I too have had a miscarage I was 15 1/2 weeks along.. its heartbreaking at first but it will get easier with time.. my son who is now 4 1/2 would never have been here, had I not miscarried.. I concieved him 2 months after I lost my 1st baby.. be strong there is hope..I hope all is well as u recover

Carol - posted on 11/03/2009

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I'm so sorry for your loss. There are so many of us here that have been through what you're going through now. If you have any questions - don't hesitate. I found no information on the physical problems after a miscarriage so I never knew what was "normal". My baby was only 7-8 weeks along but I still had the after birth contractions for days. I didn't even remember having them when my first healthy baby was born before the 2nd died. Also, I never would have had my second son had I not miscarried - he began only a couple months after - there is a plan, even if it hurts so much now. Lastly, if there was an ultrasound and you want a picture of your healthy baby, request it immediately. I was told by a horrible doctor to wait 8 weeks before I'd be able to get a copy - by then they had erased it.

Angie - posted on 11/02/2009

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Rachel, I'm so sorry. I pray that when you are ready, God will bring you another sweet baby.

Christy - posted on 11/02/2009

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I had a full blown period until I was 3 months pregnant with my first child, it could be normal. But you should still check with your doctor to be sure.

Natasha - posted on 11/02/2009

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im so sorry i only read the first couple of notes, so i didnt read your later comments im very sorry to hear of your loss, all the best for future babies, and seriously i totally believe everything happens for a reason. all the best

Natasha - posted on 11/02/2009

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i bleed in my first pregancy all the time, each time it happened i would race off to the hospital or doc and everything was always fine, i was told i have a weak cervix lining and thats why i always bled {and i mean waking up in a pool of blood} i was ordered to bed rest and no heavy lifting or things that could tire me out, my son was born 4 wks early with a very fast labour but was perfect in every way.

my second time i bled once, talk to your doc, educate yourself as much as possible, ask lots of questions, and take it easy good luck i wish and hope for the best for you and your family

Rachel - posted on 11/02/2009

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Hey Everybody! I just wanted to thank everybody for your kind words and thoughts, although I had my second run of blood work today and my hormone count had gone down to 5.4, so it told us what we already suspected. The doctor said that everything is fine with me and there is nothing stopping us to try again anytime we are ready. It's hard for us at the moment but time will heal. Again I just want to thank everybody for your input. It's nice to be able to come here and see that there is always somebody who understands what somebody else is going through.

Samah - posted on 11/02/2009

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IT COULD BE NORMAL.BUT YOU NEED AN ULTRASOUND EXAMINATION AFTER 1-2 WEEKS TO CHECK IF THE BABY IS STILL ALIVE.

Katherine - posted on 11/01/2009

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NO. It is not normal. Implantation bleeding, although not common, is normal. Bleeding in the second month isn't. You will probably need a double dose of RH factor shot, and call your doctor immediately. This could also be a miscarriage.

Clara - posted on 11/01/2009

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Please make an appointment to see your ObGYn, SAP, don't want ot scare you, definitely need to be seen by your Dr. good luck and wish you the best.

Rachel - posted on 11/01/2009

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Quoting Angie:

Rachel, I hope you are doing well today. Please let us know what you find out from your doctor on Monday. I will keep you and your tiny babe in my prayers.


Hi Angie.  Thanks for your prayers.  I'm having a hard time waiting to be back to the doctor tomorrow so I decided to get myself another pregnancy test at the drug store.  I was very discouraged to see that it was negative.  Right now I am experiencing very heavy bleeding and not feeling well at all.  Things are not looking good.  My fiance is trying his best to keep my spirits up and we know we can always try again when I feel better.  We were so happy to be blessed with another addition to our family.  I hope the doctor has something positive for me tomorrow.  All I can do is pray.  Once again thanks for your thoughts and I will keep you all posted.

Angie - posted on 11/01/2009

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Rachel, I hope you are doing well today. Please let us know what you find out from your doctor on Monday. I will keep you and your tiny babe in my prayers.

Leslie - posted on 10/31/2009

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If your first child was early, you should make sure your hospital has a neonatal intensive care unit just in case of surprises. I bled with my first and he was born at 6-1/2 months. Most moms never think about that possibility. I think we assume the birth will be perfect. Make sure you tell your OB/GYN asap. Take it easy on the bending and lifting.

Alisha - posted on 10/31/2009

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Oh I can feel your frustration... I went through the same thing! During my first pregnancy I started bleeding at 5 weeks - so scary - went from dark brown blood to red. All turned out to be fine my son was born healthy at 39 weeks. When it happened again with my third pregnancy I didn't panic at first because after all I had been through it and thought I knew what to expect. I was 5 weeks again and began with dark blood which turned into heavier red blood. This time I just felt like something was wrong... so I went to the emergency room, they did a preg test and I had miscarried. It was devistating.

I hope your situation turns out for the best. I know you are looking for answers here but the best advice I can give you is to listen to your own body. You can tell yourself more than anyone else can ;) Good luck...

Michelle - posted on 10/31/2009

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get checked out but it can be normal i bled the entire first trimester with my first child.. he's healthy and totally fine

Tammy - posted on 10/31/2009

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I bled for 17 days straight when pregnant for my last child 2 weeks bed rest and I was back to normal.

Nicole - posted on 10/31/2009

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Please understand that this is not to freak you out, but that's what it felt like when we lost our 1st child...try to take it easy if you can! And just to put it out there, try not to get too stressed...I know a bit cliche, but had to say it :-) Good luck and keep us posted!

Rachel - posted on 10/31/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

I had the same issue with my second. How heavy is the bleeding? I had spotting then a little more lasted 2-3 days. Call your OB to be sure.


I'm bleeding as heavy as I would be on my regular menstruation and having the same kind of discomfort.  (Mild cramps)  I went to the hospital today and they took some blood work.  I have to return in 48 hrs for the same blood work.  I figure it's for my hormone count.  Thanks for your reply.  I know a lot of women has had bleeding during there first trimester but, when it actually happens to you it's kind of nerve recken.

Nicole - posted on 10/31/2009

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I had bleeding/spotting with our 1st pregnancy, which, unfortunately ended at 15 weeks. We later found out that my body does not produce enough Progesterone, which is a hormone NEEDED during pregnancy. Have your Dr. check your progesterone levels. If they are low, it can be helped with shots throughout your pregnancy. For my 2nd and 3rd pregnancy, I had low levels and because of that I was considered high risk. My kids went to term because I had my levels checked every other week to see if my Progesterone dosage needed to be increased. During both pregnancies, I had 2 shots twice a week in the butt right above the pelvic region. Totally worth the shots!! I have 2 healthy kids because of it and because of a very understanding and diligent Dr.! Insist on having your levels checked every other week if they think this is the problem.

Ivory - posted on 10/31/2009

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go to your doctor and tell him what is going on. try to stay off your feet so much and take it easy. dont do nothing string that can cause you to bleed more. be sure to get your self check by your doctor asap.

Veronica - posted on 10/31/2009

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it could b normal but i would still call ur doctor and make sure everything is ok w the baby

Stephanie - posted on 10/31/2009

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I had the same issue with my second. How heavy is the bleeding? I had spotting then a little more lasted 2-3 days. Call your OB to be sure.

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