Post Miscarriage Pregnancy

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I had a miscarriage 3 weeks ago, I bleed for only a few days. My husband and I decided to start trying as soon as possible again. My Ob advised this was fine from 2 weeks as this is when I am likely to ovulate. I did ovulation tests from day 11 of my cycle and we started trying from then.

I started spotting again at approx 14days. It is now 21 days and I did a pregnancy test expecting it to be negative, but it was positive, I am assuming this is the hormone left over from my miscarried pregnancy - is this right, and if so how long is this likely to be there and how can I tell if it is a new pregnancy.

Also I still have a very small amount of spotting - hardly any and very faint in colour. Is it possible to be pregnant and still get this from the miscarriage.

Thanks for your help.

Carla

ANSWER

You have just described why I disagree with your doctor.

I tell women to wait until they have a period that is normal in length and strength, then come in for a pregnancy test. If it is negative, then we know that it is ok to start another pregnancy.

As it is, I wouldn't know what to tell you except that in time, all will be revealed!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.