Brown spotting at 5 weeks pregnant is a surprisingly common occurrence for many mums-to-be. Early pregnancy can be a very anxious time for pregnant women, especially for those experiencing brown discharge and/or vaginal bleeding.
Early pregnancy symptoms include:
- Light Spotting
- Tender breasts
- Frequent urination
- Missed Period
- Nasal Congestion
Below is a pregnancy Vlog from Carla Lett on Brown spotting at 5 weeks, Carla’s pregnancy has continued and eventually stopped at week 8.
Why do I have brown discharge during pregnancy?
If you are experiencing brown spotting at 5 weeks pregnant, you may be worried that something more sinister is happening.
Brown spotting can occur during early pregnancy for a number of reasons, but it is fairly common and usually nothing to worry about.
If you have any concerns, you should contact your doctor immediately as they may want to do blood tests and check your HCG levels.
Let’s delve a little deeper in to the reasons for brown spotting (brown discharge) at 5 and 6 weeks pregnant or in the early stages of pregnancy:
- Implantation bleeding (when the fertilised egg implants in the uterus)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Threatened Miscarriage
- Molar pregnancy
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Early Miscarriage
- Cervical polyps
- Cervical Irritation
- Sexual Intercourse
- Vaginal infection
- Due to increased blood flow
Of course, the early weeks of pregnancy is when most miscarriages occur and brown blood can be alarming for a pregnant woman to see but it is important to remember that brown discharge is old blood that is leaving the body, often discharge tinged with blood.
What are the signs of miscarriage
It is important to remember that every pregnancy is different and just because you read about one person experiencing heavy bleeding followed by baby loss, it does not mean that scenario has the same ending everyone. Many pregnant women experience blood loss during pregnancy and go on to have healthy babies.
Of course vaginal bleeding or red vaginal discharge is terrifying during the first trimester, since 1 in 4 have been through miscarriage it is highly likely know that pregnancy loss is most likely during the first trimester.
- Cramping and pain in your lower tummy.
- Bright Red blood
- A bright red discharge of fluid from your vagina.
- Tissue loss from your vagina.
- No longer experiencing your usual pregnancy symptoms.
If you experience an above we recommend visiting your nearest A&E as soon as possiblee.
On rare occasions, a miscarriage can occur because the pregnancy develops outside of the womb (i.e. an ectopic pregnancy).
What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?
Ectopic pregnancies are dangerous to mums, so if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms (cited from the NHS website), it is important to visit your nearest A&E:
- Persistent and severe tummy pain, usually on one side
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting, commonly after the pain has started
- Pain in your shoulder tip
- diarrhoea and vomiting
- feeling very faint and lightheaded, and possibly fainting
These symptoms usually occur between week 5 and week 14 of pregnancy
What should I do if I think I’m miscarrying?
If you think you are miscarrying, you should contact your GP, midwife or nearest Early Pregnancy Unit as soon as possible. If your symptoms are severe, you should go to A&E, or, if you are unable to travel, call 999.
What should I do if I have brown spotting?
Light bleeding or spotting is fairly common during pregnancy, and usually isn’t any cause for concern (particularly between 10-14 days after conception, which is when implantation usually occurs). Spotting can be red, pink or dark brown.
Dark brown discharge that looks like ground coffee is just old blood passing from the uterus, and is usually nothing to worry about.
If your spotting is accompanied by any other more severe symptoms, like dizziness or cramping, you should contact your doctor.
Reassurance Pregnancy Scans
Your local early pregnancy unit may scan you if they are concerned but if not please do remember we have lots of early pregnancy scan clinics listed in our directory for you to contact, these are great for reassuring parents. You can book your 6 week ultrasound at a private ultrasound clinic.
Success stories after having brown discharge or early pregnancy bleeding
Here are some success stories from other mums who went on to have babies after brown spotting during early pregnancy;
“I started spotting at 5 weeks pregnant after multiple miscarriages I believed I was doomed, the spotting was happening during bowel movements and it began getting thicker and outs came, i managed to get an early scan at the early pregnancy unit and my little bean had a heartbeat. The brown spotting eventually tailed off around week 9 and the pregnancy was smooth and here I am sat her with my little baby girl asleep in my arms”
” I had brown spotting from week 4, i thought it was implantation bleeding but it lasted daily until week 12 then slowly eased. I was terrified but every scan and blood test came back positive the doctor told me to only worry if I had pain and bright red bleeding. Everything was fine for us a d i have a beautiful baby boy now”
” 5 weeks pregnant spotting when i wiped, I then had brown spotting followed by a red gush of blood, i thought I was out but got my hcg checked and it was doubling so went for scan and sure enough my rainbow was there with a heartbeat”
“I had an ectopic pregnancy with my first pregnancy and it had a huge affect on my mental health. I did start experiencing a light brown discharge and extreme shoulder pain, i called my local early pregnancy unit and they confirmed it. My next pregnancy the first trimester was really challenging. I had sexual intercourse and had very dark discharge afterwards, I terrified that i would have a miscarriage and something would wrong. Vaginal spotting lasted until late pregnancy, it would disappear for a few days and then come back. At one point i did have abdominal pain and lost a lot of blood, i was sure that was it but here i am holding my healthy baby from the pregnancy as i type this.”
“If you are 6 weeks pregnant and brown spotting when you wipe try not to worry, this happened to me and it was implantation bleeding”
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