Is This a Period or a Miscarriage?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I am interesting in knowing if I am pregnant. About 3 weeks ago I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend, but he withdrew. Very soon after that I started having very unusually sore breasts (that lasted about 2 weeks). About a week ago I had a lot of discharge for about 2 days. Also, yesterday I was very sick, I woke up in the middle of the night feeling nausea and I didn't eat anything yesterday b/c I was sick, so every time I stood up I felt a wave of nausea and felt faint. I felt nausea all day yesterday, plus stomach cramps, headache and fever (I felt like I got food poisoning or something). I have been pregnant before and thought that I was definitely pregnant again, but it was too soon to take a test.

Then in the middle of the day I started bleeding, a little bit at first, and then it picked up to seem like a more normal period. I usually bleed really heavily on my period the first 2 days, and today I seem to be bleeding normally. I'm definitely not spotting or bleeding lightly. My breasts stopped being sore about the time I started bleeding, and the nausea and other symptoms have gone away. I also feel slight cramps. Am I having a normal period or could I be pregnant?


It sounds most to me like you are miscarrying VERY early. The way to tell is to get a pregnancy test right away. It might already be too late to document the pregnancy,though.

If you know that you are Rh negative and you did miscarry, you should get a Rhogam shot now and come back for a check-up in about 2 weeks. Which is a long way of saying that you should see your caregiver when you are not sure what is going on.

-- Cynthia, CNM