Worried About Bleeding During Pregnancy

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Yesterday I went to the e.r. because I've been bleeding for 2 weeks, prior to which I'd been about a month and half late. They did some tests and came back and told me I'm 6 weeks pregnant. Not that I'm miscarrying, but that I'm pregnant. Is this normal?

I just don't understand why I'm bleeding. It scares me. They want me to go next week to try and get a heartbeat. I don't really "feel" like I've miscarried. I feel pregnant.

ANSWER

Unfortunately, some women do spot frequently during pregnancy. Sometimes we can figure out why, other times we never do. I agree with the plan you've been given, and hope they find a heart beat.

If so, it's time to get prenatal care, which may reveal the reason for the bleeding. Let's hope so!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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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.