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Late period or spontaneous abortion?

By March 3, 2010 - 8:38am
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My LNMP was on the 23rd of January and I was expecting my period again on the 17th or 18th of February but it didn't come till the 28th and has been on till today the 3rd of March. The bleeding is darker than usual and not quite as heavy. I had regular intercourse between the 3th and 15th of Feb. My period is always regular.

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I agree with Pat. What you experienced was likely a late period. Although you are always regular, your period can change at any given moment-- it is not something that we as women should expect to never change because we may drive ourselves crazy along the way. Sometimes you will see that your period may be lighter, heavier, moderate, a few days early, a few days late-- the point is that as long as you get your period, you should be okay.

Bleeding is not a sign of pregnancy. Too many women have heard that you can bleed while being pregnant and while this is true, you will more than likely get a positive pregnancy test before any bleeding occurs. Spotting in very early pregnancy is a different story-- it is usually a light pink to brown spotting that is caused by implantation and should by no means be heavy.

I hope this helps clarify some things for you.

Best Wishes

March 5, 2010 - 10:11am
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Hi onyi - Thank you for writing and sharing your situation. What you've described doesn't seem to be in line with the symptoms of a spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, which are as follows:
* Vaginal bleeding
* Pink or brown discharge
* Cramping
* Discharge of the products of conception (fetus, placenta, and surrounding membranes)
* Fever
You can find more information on our miscarriage reference page:

Hopefully your period will arrive soon. Will you let us know?
Thanks, Pat

March 4, 2010 - 5:22pm
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