Spotting in pregnancy

It is amazing how maternal you feel towards your baby even in the early weeks.

At around 10 weeks pregnant I experienced my first episode of spotting - whilst what felt like a million miles from home in Thailand.

We didn't know what to do, who to phone, or how to feel. It was as if our whole world had started to crumble away. A few phone calls back home to Scotland helped to ease our minds a little - the midwife didn't think I had much to worry about - but we still just wanted to pack up and go home.

The spotting was light, started red but turned pinky in colour and there was no pain (other than the cramping I had felt since falling pregnant) but it has to be one of the worst feelings in the world.

Thankfully the spotting stopped within a few hours and, although we didn't relax much, we started to feel maybe we were going to be OK.

Less than a week later we arrived home and found out we had our ultrasound scan booked for a days time; a relief as it meant we didn't have long to wait until we could make sure Bumble was OK (and it was).

Around three weeks later we had another episode of spotting, this time it was browner in colour and again there was no pain. Anxiety kicked in and we started to think the worst, again.

It was evening and we couldn't get a hold of the midwife so visited the hospital. The nurse we saw was superb. She phone the midwife unit who spoke to me on the phone. The midwife I spoke to had a lot to be desired when it came to manners and easing anxiety and, to be honest, I felt awful after speaking to her. She made me feel I was being an idiot and wasting time. To me I felt like my life was making a turn for the worst.

However, as I said, the nurse we spoke to was great. She eased our mind and explained how she had spotting throughout her pregnancy (to the point she got scans every three weeks) and you could tell she knew how hard it was to go through what we were and she helped a lot.

Again the spotting stopped and things were OK again.

We had a few more episodes since then, phoned midwife once and left it the other time. Since then we have had our 20 week scan and all is currently well.

It made me wonder why I was getting to much spotting (it's maybe not that much to me it was too much) and the only thing I could think  was that on each occasion I had pushed myself physically and mentally too much. This made me decide to stop working so much, stop moving so much and just relax more. Since I did that I haven't had spotting. It might be coincidental but I am dubious that it is.

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.


  1. I had some spotting in my first pregnancy and it is scary. If ever in doubt phone your midwife. I am so sorry the one you spoke to was unhelpful, I have found all those I have spoken to to be lovely and not at all fed up of answering my mundane questions.
    Make sure you look after yourself, your body is busy doing an amazing thing so make sure you rest and let it do its job xx

  2. Thanks Sarah. I have spoken to a number of midwifes and it was just the one who was horrid. Feels at the moment that it will be 9 months of worry until wee one is in my arms.