Thank you for the information and for your kind words. I'm also sorry for your losses
What lead to you realizing you were having an ectopic with your first pregnancy?
Sorry, that was probably confusing, my ectopic was actually my 7th loss. I didn't truly know it was an ectopic until it was too late, but part of that is my fault for not seeing the red flags. My OB was fully convinced it was a normal miscarriage because my levels dropped "normally" (though ectopic levels can bounce up and down, and he only saw two readings) and I had bled for several days. However, my ultrasound at 6w5d showed an empty uterus, and while it showed my tubes empty as well, clearly there was something off. I continued to bleed/spot a dark red, almost black goo after the main bleeding. And then 2 weeks and 1 day after the ultrasound I started having gas-like pains in the middle of my abdomen that were really severe, though when I called the OB the nurse wasn't concerned. By the next morning I was laying on the floor in pain, and by the time I got into the ER via ambulance (my hubby is a paramedic) they couldn't even staunch the pain with 10 of morphine, and then when they took my to ultrasound, my tube ruptured underneath the wand.
Guess that was more than you asked for! But in a nutshell, it was definitely different from "regular" miscarriages overall. At 5 weeks I wouldn't be too concerned with it, especially if you eventually stop bleeding all together. Also, I know that in general they say not to rely on pregnancy tests, but in all my experiences, pregnancy tests have been very reliable at telling me that my levels are dropping and when they are eventually gone.