Brown discharge at 8 Weeks

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Maybe you can give me a straight answer on this. I am a little over 8 weeks pregnant. I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks and we saw the heart beat and it seems as if everything was fine.

This morning I woke up and I have a brown discharge. It's not a lot but it's there, enough to where I have to wear a mini pad. I called my doctor and she told me that this is not uncommon and just to wait it out.

We have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years and had 1 miscarriage last year that started out this same way. I had brown discharge for about a week and then I got my period. It was early and I wouldn't have known I was pregnant if I hadn't of went to the doctors. I'm afraid this is going to be the same thing. What do I do?

ANSWER

You can request that your progesterone levels be checked, just to be sure. They are probably fine, and your doctor is probably right, but with your history, I can certainly understand why you might want to check.

If that's the problem, it's pretty easily fixed.

Good luck!

-- 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.