Abdominal Pains And Vaginal Discharge in Early Pregnancy

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I have a question I just found out I'm pregnant a few days ago, I'm about 5 weeks pregnant.

I was wondering if its normal to have abdominal pain (similar to the ones I get when I'm on my period) and also been having a little of vaginal discharge (but the its kind of brownish). I'm worried about these symptoms. Are they normal or not?

ANSWER

Brownish discharge usually means old blood. Given how far along you are, there is a very good chance that you had a small implantation bleed, which is often also accompanied by uterine cramping.

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.