Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Trip to the ER

Today was a very long and very scary day for me.  A few weeks ago in Disney I started spotting brown.  I promptly freaked the eff out, but was talked down from the ledge by my mommy board members due to the fact that the blood was brown (old), was probably due to the incessant walking, and sex that I had the day before.  I mentioned it to my dr at my appointment and she also told me it was fine.

Yesterday morning I wake up to a brownish/pink discharge on the tissue when I wiped.  I called the dr because there was some pink in there and she told me to just rest and take it easy.  This morning I woke up and there was bright red blood when I wiped.  Like bright red and a lot more than spotting.  I completely fell apart thinking that I was going to lose yet another baby.  I lied down in bed choking on my tears, when I had a really strange feeling of calm and peace come over me.  It was the weirdest thing to me because I was so upset and just waiting for my parents to get home so Andy could take me to the hospital and to have such a peaceful feeling come over me at that time was so odd and disconnected from my perceived reality.  But I was able to fall back asleep for a few more hours.

When I woke up, I was still spotting red, but it was much lighter.  I put a call into my doc who told me that I could either just rest for the rest of the day and come into the office tomorrow as long as it didn't get worse or I could go to the ER to get checked out.  I decided on the latter.

A lot of blood tests, an ultra sound, and a lot of waiting later we left with the good news that the baby was fine.  It has a nice strong heartbeat of 160 bpm and had made good growth.  The only thing that concerned me was that I'm measuring 7+6 instead of 8+1.  The dr wasn't worried because he said that different machines have different sensitivities and that the important thing was that the baby had a good strong heart beat.

Since they couldn't find a source or reason for the bleeding, I was diagnosed with a threatened miscarriage which is really scary to hear, but the doctor said that's what they call any vaginal bleeding during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and that 90% of the time the pregnancy progresses without complication.  The u/s tech even said that some women bleed red throughout their entire pregnancy.  I was told to take it easy and to come back if the bleeding got worse or I had any bad cramping.

Today was supposed to be a really great day.  We were meeting with the contractor to go over some things for the kitchen.  Then Andy had tickets to the giants game and I had a wedding to go to that I was really looking forward to.  I even borrowed a pretty dress from my sister.  But I guess that's why they say "you plan and God laughs."  I've never been a no show at the wedding, but when I brought it up to the dr, he said that he would really advise against it and that I should rest for the rest of the day.

I feel much better now than I did this morning.  But I'd be lying if I said I felt completely safe.  I don't feel safe at all.  I you to send me tons of sticky baby dust and anti-red bleeding dust.
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There  are many up's and down's during a pregnancy but having the right antenatal care tailored to you is essential. There are a various local private hospitals in Edinburgh UK which provide treatment before and after the birth of your child.


3 comments:

Tara Lotufo said...

So scary Melissa. I had bleeding with both of my pregnancies- in my 2nd trimester with my second. They are both here & healthy. Try to take it easy...I know impossible with a job, moving & a child!

Madonna said...

Thinking of you and sending you all the well-wishes you need. As difficult as it is, and easier said than done, take it easy and try to rest. And try not to do too much Dr. Google in the mean time!

Jo said...

Sending you loads of good vibes! Just take it easy and keep you legs crossed!

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