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Hello doctor,
I found out I was pregnant 6 days ago and I'm about 5 weeks and 3 days approx (now). Iv been spotting brown discharge for 4 weeks now every day. The day after I found out I was pregnant I had a heavy bleed, it was dark red and constantly running out of me whilst I sat on the toilet. No clots were passed and no pain. I rushed straight to hospital, had an internal and was told the womb was closed which was good and was referred for a scan 2 days later. Had an internal scan (this was2 days ago now), saw the sac but nothing inside!! Doc said this was normal for how far gone I am. There was positive thoughts from the doctor doing the scan,she said everything seems fine but I need another scan a week later and at that stage I should see the baby growing in the sack if all is ok! Is that correct? I'm worried as I'm still spotting brown discharge, which now has what I can only describe as tiny dry bits in it. Getting a few aches and pains now.Nothing to painful.Will all be ok?

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replied February 22nd, 2012
First Trimester of Pregnancy Answer A31885
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

If you are still spotting and bleeding then go for blood HCG estimation at interval of 48 hours. If the levels are almost doubling, then chances of pregnancy carrying forward are high. If the levels are same or falling then chances are that you are miscarrying.

Normally a gestational sac with a yolk sac appears at about 5 weeks (calculated from your last missed period date) of pregnancy and can be well visualized by 6 weeks on a transvaginal (through a vagina) ultrasound. Fetal heart beat usually appears by 8-9 weeks. This is why you were called a week later.
Hope this helps. Take care!

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