Bleeding in Early Pregnancy

I wanted to tell my personal story on bleeding in early pregnancy. I’ve had bleeding in almost all of my pregnancies and each time I went against my better judgement and googled things. I spent way more time than I’d like to admit just reading comments, blog posts, and searching for outcomes. 99% of of those things we’re all negative.

I’m telling my story.

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Seven (wow!) years ago I was pregnant with my first child. I was around 8-9 weeks pregnant and started some heavy bleeding. I’m talking red, period like, clots. I was instructed by my OBGYN to go to the emergency room to get checked out. I did. They did an ultrasound and said there was no reason that they could find that I was bleeding. My son had a normal heartbeat and everything looked fine. I was sent home with a diagnosis of a “threatened miscarriage” and placed on a wait and see type of plan. I was told to take it easy and see what happens. Well, I had basically a short normal period. The bleeding lasted 3-4 days. I went back to my regular doctor for another ultrasound and everything looked great. I now have a healthy, crazy, 6.5 year old son.

With my second pregnancy, Aria, I had no bleeding. I was almost waiting for it but nothing ever happened. Thank goodness.

Here comes the more dramatic parts: 

Over a year ago we decided to expand our family once again. I was tracking ovulation and all that good stuff for months. I was doing what I said I would never do: take pregnancy tests before my missed periods. Twice over several months I had faint positive tests before my missed periods. Twice I ended up bleeding within a week of when period was due. I had two chemical pregnancies and was diagnosed with secondary infertility.

So, This past October – early November, once again another positive test. I was planning a fun pregnancy surprise for my husband. These tests were taken after my period was supposed to start so I thought THIS IS IT! I was on progrestone supplements.

I started bleeding… AGAIN. I told him “Well, I was planning a fun pregnancy surprise for you but I’m having another chemical pregnancy.” I went to the doctor for my usual HCG levels and they were in the high 200’s. That wasn’t typical of my past chemicals. I went back 48 hours later and they were close to 1000. So again, not typical of a chemical but typical for a healthy pregnancy. I stopped bleeding. I went in for an ultrasound a little later and BAM! Heartbeat.

Fast forward to 7-8 weeks pregnant, I start red bleeding again like I did with my son. I called my office and they urged me to go to the emergency room. I stayed calm and went in. It was an exact repeat of what happened 7 years ago. There was no explanation for the bleeding but I left with another diagnosis of “threatened miscarriage.”

Now, here I am at 20 weeks pregnant. Everything is looking flawless.

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So while bleeding in pregnancy is terrifying, don’t fall into all of the horror stories you’ll see on the internet. Sometimes there are positive outcomes even if you never get a reason why it happened to you.