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Late period or miscarriage? Please help! 
21st-Apr-2011 10:29 pm [miscarriage]
Yesterday, being almost 3 weeks late, I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. I was almost sure the test was wrong. I have been experiencing slight weight gain and other period-like symptoms that lead me to be nearly sure that I am pregnant. Last night, I could barely sleep because of severe stomach cramps. This morning I started bleeding, but this is NOT a normal period for me. I am having severe cramps, bright red blood, large dark clots, on and off nausea and it is VERY heavy. I have also been experiencing strong headaches and body weakness and I am unsure if they are linked in someway. I did some research online and found that sometimes these are symptoms of miscarriage. So...is it just a late, miserable period, or is it possibly a miscarriage? I would really appreciate some advice/guidance. Thanks so much!
22nd-Apr-2011 03:37 am (UTC)
At almost 3 weeks late and a negative pregnancy test, I'd say you ovulated late so your period was late.
22nd-Apr-2011 03:37 am (UTC)
Without either a positive pee test or a positve blood test it is hard to say for sure.

I had an early miscarriage the first cycle we TTC. I had a 12 day leutal phase and then what seemed like a "normal" for me period. Full on. I tested negative the day I started my period. I tested positive the day after I finished my period (I was charting and my temp stayed elevated so I knew something was not "right") 2 days after the period stopped, I started spotting again - bright flaming red definately not normal for me. I took another test to see it come up negative, only to get a positive.

It took 8 days and 3 HCG qantitative blood tests to learn that I was miscarrying. Other than spotting, I had no other symptoms. Spotted off and on for 3-4 weeks.
22nd-Apr-2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
I had this EXACT same experience. I wasn't charting that cycle but the bleeding/spotting wasn't going away so I went to the doctor and had a positive pregnancy test. I had a negative at home the day before the bleeding started.

So, possible miscarriage or you just ovulated late and are having a late period because of it.
22nd-Apr-2011 08:07 am (UTC)
It could be either way: you could have just ovulated late (which would give a heavy period anyway) or you could have had a miscariage.

However from my own experience of may miscarriages, I would have thought you would have had a positive test if it were a miscarriage.

ETA: early miscarriage, that is before 6 weeks, if very, very common and it won't affect your chances of going on to have a sucessful pregnancy. Also after an early miscarriage there is no need to wait before trying again.

Edited at 2011-04-22 08:08 am (UTC)
22nd-Apr-2011 11:19 am (UTC)
It is hard to say, because late periods are often heavy and wonky as well.
This is kind of gross, but I can tell you one thing. I just had a known miscarriage around that time, and it *smelled* very different than a period. Like, markedly. If you've never had a live birth, you might not understand this, but smelled just like locchia. Hard to explain, but more like regular blood, whereas my period has a different smell. That was the main thing that made it different from a heavy period for me (aside from, you know, the fact I did eventually pass a small fetus/placenta, although it doesn't mean you didn't have one if you didn't, because sometime those break down/are reabsorbed).
22nd-Apr-2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the help everyone. I feel a little better today. I am still cramping, but not quite as bad. I really appreciate all of the help! I will probably go ahead and make a doctors appointment for next week just to be sure. It just doesn't seem like a normal period. I know it's weird and probably doesn't make sense, but it even feels different emotionally. Like, I suddenly feel very depressed and down. Your comments really helped though! Thanks so much!!!!
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