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5wk & 5days... is it normal to have a brownish discharge?
meggy06 posted:
Hello everyone!

This is my 3rd pregnancy & I know I'm early on but I can't remember from my previous 2 pregnancies if I had spotting at this point. It's a brownish color which from what I have read isn't usually cause for concern because it's old blood but my problem is the length of time this has been going on for. I've had this brownish discharge 2 or 3 times a day after having gone to the bathroom & discovering it on the TP, this has been going on for about the past 5 days. I keep thinking I won't see anymore but it's still seems to be slowly coming out. I think it's too early for them to see anything via an ultrasound or even hear the heartbeat so should I be concerned and go get it check out or just wait it out longer?

I'm mostly wondering how long I should let the brown discharge continue before going into a doctor about it.

And because I am so early, my doctor doesn't even have me scheduled for an appointment for almost another month. I don't really want to wait that long to bring it up especially if it could be something serious.

By the way, no cramping... just the brown discharge at this point.

Thanks for any advice or tips on what I should do.
An_240973 responded:
With any bleeding, you should see your doctor as soon as you can. The spotting could be normal, but bleeding can also be a sign of ectopic pregnancy. Your doctors can track the rise in your pregnancy hormone levels (even this early on) to determine whether or not the pregnancy is progressing normally. If it is an ectopic pregnancy, you will want to know as soon as you can to prevent it becoming an emergency medical situation.

I don't mean to alarm you - everything could be totally fine, but it's a good idea to get yourself checked out.

Speaking from personal experience with ectopic. Good luck to you.

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