So being pregnant is scary enough but to see spotting? It could make you want to faint right? I’ve done some research and many women with endometriosis have spotting during pregnancy. Women in general have some spotting during pregnancy and turn out to be perfectly normal.
The day I found out I was pregnant was after I started spotting. August 12, 2011, I started spotting. It’s the usual before my period comes so I put a pad in and got ready for my bloody galore. Didn’t think about it the rest of the afternoon. The next morning came and no additional blood. I was shocked. Immediately I took out my pregnancy tests. I had cheapie ones and those $15 expensive ones. I used a cheapie one. Positive. Another cheapie one of another brand. Positive. WHAT?! Then I whipped out, ta da, my $15 one and hoped that I don’t make a mistake or else I’ve wasted a $15 stick by not having enough pee or something. POSITIVE.
My spotting I was told was implantation bleeding. Some people never get it but I did. So it was brown and enough for a panty liner but not a pad.
Then I had no spotting for four more weeks. Week 8 came and bam, spotted some more. Freaked out and immediately went to the doctors. Found heartbeat and that the baby was growing 2 days faster than other babies. Was totally happy. What was the spotting? Just clearing old blood and uterus making room for the baby. Went on and off for a week. Spotted 3 days total. All brown blood. No dark red.
This isn’t the case with other women. For me, I haven’t experienced any pain due to endometriosis like other women. Many people say that when you get pregnant, you won’t feel your endometriosis pains anymore. I think that’s bull shit. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean your fibrins are not in your body. They take time to go away. Plus, in the beginning of your pregnancy, you have raging hormones. With every increase in other hormones, your estrogen also increases at the beginning of pregnancy. This may cause your endometriosis to get worse before it gets better.
Until week 12 when your baby starts to regulate their own hormones, you’ll still be producing those hormones. That’s why when people say you’ll get first trimester nausea and discomfort, etc., it is your body’s way of telling you it’s trying to adjust to the imbalance of surging hormones. It’s the hormones that’s making you sick, sleepy, nauseous, or vomit.
For many other women with endometriosis, you spot through your entire pregnancy. Remember those blood clots during your periods that made you want to scream or sometimes faint and die? Well, as your uterus expands, those same fibrins and sticky material that’s making your bladder, etc. stick together is still expanding or sometimes break away. This may cause bleeding but it’s OUTSIDE the uterus. Therefore, don’t worry. Always check with your doctor though for any bright red bleeding and clotting. It may be scary but it may be just the norm for you.
Other bleeding could involve the baby implanting on a blood vessel so as the baby grows, your blood vessel may have popped. It’s totally fine.
Be sure to remain calm when you spot. If you can’t find an ob and you start to bleed more heavily, go to emergency. My sister had that case and she went to the emergency. She had a case of threatened miscarriage. She was ordered bed rest. In either case, it gives you a peace of mind to see the doctor, hear the heartbeat and make sure nothing else is wrong.
Buy a fetal doppler. Sonoline B is the one I use and it was only $50 some odd dollars. Works as a charm after 10 weeks. You can hear your baby’s heart beat everyday until you start to feel the kicking. You can monitor the baby’s heart rate and that’ll keep you calm. It’s cheap and well worth the money.