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September 19th, 2012, 03:47 PM
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Okay, so I had my appointment today and everything went great. Even heard the heartbeat (150's-160's) which I didn't even expect because its so early!! My Ob then did a pap, which was kind of confusing. I had one in January and I've never had an abnormal result. I figured it would be no problem to put it off until after the baby was born. I thought for people who never had an abnormal result the recommendation was that you could even wait two years if you wanted. Anyway, she told me it was routine since it had been 9 months and my insurance would pay for it. Afterwards she told me I might spot a little. Well ever since, there is a small amount of brownish blood ( I guess ) when I wipe. And I have had dull cramping all afternoon. Why is the blood brown, its like the beginning of a period? Is this what "spotting" is?? And why am I cramping (its not bad, but its there). I should be really happy to have heard the heartbeat today, but now I am just worried. Does this sound normal???
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September 19th, 2012, 03:52 PM
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I think it's normal after a pap, I hope the cramps and spotting go away though, it can be nerve wrecking for sure.
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September 19th, 2012, 04:07 PM
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That sounds normal after a pap. I ended up refusing one because I was too worried about it. Like you I have never had an abnormal one and I promised to get one done after baby is born. You could always call back and just ask if what you are experiencing is normal.
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September 19th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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Yep, it's normal. I had a tiny bit of it after mine, too.
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September 19th, 2012, 05:51 PM
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Normal. So nerve wracking though! I hope it stops for you soon
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September 19th, 2012, 07:04 PM
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popping in from May DDC and just wanted to say that your doc should have told you that it is normal to have a bit of cramping and spotting because she basically irritated the cervical lining while doing the pap test. Good luck !!
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September 19th, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Yep my ob did one too cause I was due for one in november so he did it early. ( I have always gotten one every year, even though always normal) and I had some cramping after.
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September 20th, 2012, 06:06 AM
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Thanks for the reassurance girls! I feel better knowing its normal. And this morning the spotting/cramping is gone. I'm still confused as to why it couldn't wait until after the baby is born, I should have asked more questions.
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September 20th, 2012, 06:10 AM
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I'm glad its gone now! I think its common for paps in pregnancy. I know I'm scheduled for one at my first real appointment and I've had one with each of my other pregnancies if it had been longer than like 6 months. It stinks you had to be worried though
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September 20th, 2012, 07:28 AM
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Paps are common in pregnancy just to make sure everything is ok at the start. My sister had yearly paps, and when they did the one at the start of her pregnancy with my neice, was when they discovered cancerous cells. So I firmly believe in them because of that.

The paps can cause irriration, bleeding and cramping. The cervix is incredibly sensitive during pregnancy(why sex can either be amazing or sore lol). The blood is brown because its not new blood, its just the stuff forming the lining. If it was red thats when its a cause of concern
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September 20th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Yep, exactly what the other girls said. Brown blood=old blood. Spotting is usually bleeding that happens only when you wipe/you don't need a pad for. Anything more than that is considered vaginal bleeding. I usually defer my paps til after pregnancy but I had some vaginal bleeding and when I went in for my appt he saw a blood vessel on the surface of my cervix that was oozing so while he was in there he did the pap and cultures and cauterized my cervix *shudder*
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September 20th, 2012, 08:20 AM
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Yup; it's normal to have a pap done after getting pregnant. I believe it's routine if its been linger than 6 month before getting pregnant. They just want to make sure everything is ok and check for stds.

I hope the spotting and cramping goes away soon.
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September 20th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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I won't be getting a pap this pregnancy, but this is only because I had one in June right before I moved and thank GOODNESS that pap came back normal! I've had abnormal paps every 6 months for the past 5 years, I was so thankful to have it come back normal. But yes, I spotted brown after every pap and my Doc would always say "expect some spotting".
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September 20th, 2012, 12:47 PM
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Thanks everyone! The spotting and cramping is back. I must have a very sensitive cervix. I called the OB and they said to call if it got worse. I am so mad at myself for having it done. I would have taken a 4 month late pap over this stress. I am already anxiety prone. I was hoping to be happy after hearing the heartbeat, we were even going to tell our 6 year old. But now I am too scared and we will have to wait until after the next appt.
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September 20th, 2012, 12:57 PM
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I'm one of tose people who thinks it never hurts to get things done twice, even if inconvenient. Mine have always been normal, but my mom had cervical cancer at my age. Weird! So though I hate them I subject myself to them. I had one at my first appointment.
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September 20th, 2012, 04:29 PM
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Sorry the spotting is back! Hopefully it goes away and does not come back.
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September 20th, 2012, 08:14 PM
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Its normal - but you can definitely ask to defer until at least 2nd trimester or after baby. I wait until 3rd trimester for the cultures as well. There's only so much treatment they can do while pregnant if they do find anything abnormal so I just don't see the point with my history of m/c. *hugs* Im sorry your spotting is back! I hope you're resting and taking it easy and it wil go away soon!
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