Posted by Dkeske
I wasn't sure where to post this story, but I'm hoping it reaches those that are searching the internet for positive stories about pregnancy after multiple miscarriages or successful pregnancies after bleeding. So, here's my story.
In September 2010, I found out I was pregnant for the first time with my son. I had a little bit of implantion spotting right around the time my period was due, but that was it. I went in for my first U/S at about 6 weeks, and all they saw was an empty sac. Two weeks later, I did a second U/S, and we saw the fetus and heartbeat. Turns out my dates were a little off, and I have a retroverted uterus, so we couldn't see the little munchkin the first time.
In January 2013, we decided to TTC again and got pregnant right away. This time, I had more implantation bleeding than the first time (light flow for a couple of days), but I wasn't too worried. Decided to wait until 8 weeks for the U/S, though, because I didn't want to go through the two weeks of waiting and worrying that I did with the first pregnancy. However, at the first U/S, I found out that I had a blighted ovum. I had had no spotting or bleeding aside from the implantation bleeding, my beta levels were great, and my cervix was closed. There was just nothing developing. I started spotting a few days later (around 8 weeks and 5 days) and elected to do an U/S 3 weeks later when there was still no development. Recovery from the D&C was uneventful.
Fast forward 3 months, and we decided to try again. Got pregnant again the first month! This time, same implantation bleeding as the last time, so I was worried. Were we in store for another miscarriage? I decided to schedule my first prenatal appointment at 7 weeks. Once again, we discovered an empty sac that measured closer to 5 weeks, and my beta levels were dropping. Could this really be bad luck again?! I elected to have another D&C, and I was fortunate that the recovery time was minimal again with no issues. I also did a follow-up U/S and bloodwork to rule out some possible causes of the recurrent miscarriages, and all of the tests came back normal.
Decided to try again after 3 months, and once again, got pregnant the first month (3 pregnancies in 1 year!). I found out I was pregnant on November 30. Prior to that, I had some spotting about a week before my period was due (which seemed early for implantion bleeding), and then again, on the day of my expected period, I bled lightly for 1/2 a day and stopped. Sure enough, I was pregnant. I was crushed as this was exactly what happened the other two times. I prepared myself mentally for another miscarriage but physically felt pregnant (very minor symptoms though, same as with my son). Between weeks 4 and 7, I had no further issues. However, at 7 weeks, I started spotting pink - not good. This went on for 2 weeks, turning from pink to red to brown. Usually there was only a little when I wiped, but one afternoon, I bled enough to fill a pad. I scheduled my first prenatal appointment for 9 weeks and 3 days. I prayed and prayed that everything would be okay, but I mentally prepared myself for bad news again.
I couldn't believe my eyes when the U/S Tech showed us a small fetus, measuring 9 weeks, on the screen! She also noticed a small area under the gestational sac, a subchorionic hemorrhage, that was causing my light bleeding and on-going spotting. This may have been caused by a second sac of an embryo that did not develop. Regardless, I had one healthy, growing baby and was so relieved!
So, I'm hoping this story gives people hope if they need it. Sometimes what looks like an empty sac on an early U/S DOES turn out okay. Implantation bleeding can be more than just spotting, and on-going spotting/bleeding does not necessarily mean a miscarriage.
Added: Jan. 20, 2015