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Faint pink discharge with cramping 5 weeks pregnant

By Anonymous November 3, 2010 - 7:04pm
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The first day of my last period began was 9/28 and I usually a regular 28 day cycle. As of 10/30 I still hadn't had my period so I took a pregnancy test. I had a pretty faint pink line indicating pregnancy.

Yesterday when I wiped once I noticed a very light pink color on the toilet paper but not again after. Tonight I noticed some more light pink on the toilet paper after I wiped.

Is this normal? I'm worried that something is wrong but I dont have my first prenatal visit until 11/15.

According to my estimation I should be aobut 5 weeks currently so I thought it would be too late for implantation bleeding but this is my first pregnancy so I don't know if I'm wrong or not.

Should I call the doctor or just wait this out?? Is it normal to have the faint color when wiping occasionally?

I've also had some mild cramping for the past 2 weeks but also have felt gassy so figured some of it was probably gas pains but now with this strange "discharge" Im wondering if its maybe a bad sign..

Thanks for any advice

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EmpowHER Guest

Hi Anne,
Thanks for the feedback, I was curious if the doctor provided you more information. Please keep us updated on your progress.

Good luck,

November 6, 2010 - 2:34pm


No, she didn't really tell me anything as far as advice. We have to hope my body accepted the RhoGam in time for it to take effect and stop my body from creating the antibodies.
I will probably have to have the same injection a few times during my next pregnancy to ensure That I don't creat the antibodies again. She told me if I wanted to, I could start trying again as early as January but she'd prefer me to wait until February.
Luckily my husband, parents and close friends have created a bumper around me and helping alot both emotionally and physically.
I hope you don't have to go through the same things. But at least they could find out why for me and work towards fixing it. :)
~ Anne

November 6, 2010 - 11:14am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you so much for the update and I am sorry to hear about your miscarriage. Did your physician happen to give you any advice for future pregnancies?


November 6, 2010 - 5:03am
EmpowHER Guest

thanks for the advice.

Just to follow up - It turns out I am RH negative as well as have A negative blood type. My husband is RH positive and my doctor believes that the baby was RH positive as well so my body was trying to create an immunity towards the babies cells. Which is potentially what caused my miscarriage. My HCG level yesterday was a 6 so pretty low and today my doctor gave me a RhoGam shot to help prevent this going forward but obviously more tests will need to be done, and my doctor pretty much told me shes going to treat my next pregnancy as a high risk.

I know now that faint pink discharge is a warning and you should call your doctor if you are concerned at all. Just ask what they think... its better to be safe than sorry. Also, FIND out your blood type before pregnancy and make sure your OB is aware of it - Especially if its a negative blood type. RH negative only affects around 15% of people but its still important. At least I understand my miscarriage a little better...

Thanks again!

November 5, 2010 - 5:11pm
EmpowHER Guest

Yes, I woke up to basically my period yesterday which is why I went ahead to the doctor. She gave me a HPT in the office and it was still reading positive but when she saw how much I was bleeding she sat me down and discussed it with me then sent me for further tests. I won't find out my hormone levels until today. She said if they are still high, then shes going to get more bloodwork on Saturday morning to check again.
Begining yesterday afternoon I started cramping and bleeding heavily so yes, I believe she was right and I was in the process of the miscarriage.

November 5, 2010 - 3:23am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

I'm sorry you're having this experience, but glad you were able to get into your doctor right away and it sounds like you're getting her full support. Take good care of yourself as you go through this.

November 5, 2010 - 4:23pm
HERWriter Guide

If a woman is pregnant, she MAY experience some bleeding or spotting...there are many reasons for this.

If there is uterine bleeding, this could indicate a problem. In fact, up to a quarter of pregnant women have some spotting or bleeding in early pregnancy, and about half of these women miscarry. And, please know, this type of bleeding is not menstrual bleeding (shedding of the uterine lining), but originates from elsewhere (such as bleeding from the cervix, vaginal walls, etc).

Additional causes of spotting or bleeding in early pregnancy:
- Sex, Pap smear, inserting a tampon or any vaginal medication into the vagina may cause some spotting. The blood supply to the cervix has increased, and "bumping" it may cause some light bleeding or spotting.
(What type of vaginal medication could I be referring to? It is common for women to experience a yeast infection early in pregnancy, due to hormonal fluctuations, and a doctor may recommend using an OTC product---such as monistat--for treatment).
- Infection (including yeast infection), sexually transmitted infection or disease, could all cause some spotting
- Implantation bleeding (should be called implantation spotting!), which can occur about the time of your expected menstrual period. Women, on average, ovulate in mid-cycle, or about 2 weeks before their period begins. Coincidentally, it takes about 2 weeks from the time of an egg to be released (ovulation) to implantation. Most women do not experience, or rather do not notice, implantation spotting, but it can occur around the time of an expected period (assuming you have a regular cycle).

Spotting can be pink, brown or red, and it is literally a "spot" or extremely light bleeding...much like you would experience at the very end or very beginning of your menstrual period. When you have a menstrual period, it is unmistakable--it is heavy, red and lasts for several days. Spotting can be defined by any type of light bleeding that occurs when you are not having a period. Breakthrough bleeding, however, is another type of bleeding that is not during your period, and occurs between your normal period. Breakthrough bleeding is heavier, more like a period, and would not be considered "spotting".

November 4, 2010 - 6:26pm
EmpowHER Guest

I went to the doctor today for mine, because I woke up bleeding. I'm still showing positive on a HPT so they sent me for blood work. My doctor thinks I'm having a miscarriage but whats to verify everything I'll find out my lab results in the morning.
Good Luck on yours!

November 4, 2010 - 11:59am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Are you having a lot of bleeding? I hope you're not having a miscarriage! I've been reading alot of stuff on google (that i probably shouldnt be reading), and its got me really worried.

November 4, 2010 - 2:48pm
EmpowHER Guest

Im having the same problem. Could this be an early sign of a miscarriage?

November 4, 2010 - 11:44am
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