Am I Having a Miscarriage?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
A bunch of us over at the October board are having bleeding problems yet have healthy heart beats for our babies. So many women say they know of women who've had periods during their pregnancies and bled consisently and had healthy babies yet we are not hearing this from our doctors!

Can you advise us? Mine is heavier when my teens are on thier cycles but I've had this black ooze since the conception. Before I concieved, when I wasn't on the pill, I would have the same ooze a few times a month for a couple of days.

TeaNCrumpets

ANSWER

I think I speak for all providers when I say we *hate* bleeding during pregnancy. But it happens. Often, we have no clue why. If we do know, it's often cervicitis (a cervical infection), minor trauma from intercourse because there are so many extra blood vessels on the cervix during pregnancy, a polyp (kind of like a skin tag with lots of blood vessels), or a small bleed behind the placenta. We take all bleeds of any magnitude beyond "pink on the toilet paper" seriously just in case. But often, it turns out to be nothing serious.

My own personal favorite such story concerns a lovely first-time mom at 10 weeks who came in bleeding heavily. A speculum exam was not reassuring, there was even a clot. I gave her "the speech" about how some of these things are out of our control, etc. etc, but said the only real way to tell at her gestation what was going on was to do an ultrasound. She came back proudly later that afternoon with a picture of her healthy *twins!* Isabel and Lydia delivered vaginally at about 40 weeks and are now three and a half. Guess she showed me!

-- Cynthia, CNM

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