Monday, April 26, 2010

Threatened Miscarriage

One of the scariest things an expecting mother can go through is discovering that she is bleeding. I remember all to well what that feels like from my first pregnancy. I was at work, running around like a mad woman. I had put off going to use the restroom for much too long and finally couldn't take it anymore! I ran upstairs for what I thought was going to be a quick trip and discovered that I wouldn't be returning to the hustle and bustle downstairs.

Luckily I had just told my boss the week before that I was expecting. She was wonderful when I called to tell her that I was leaving for the day, very concerned, didn't make me feel guilty for abandoning my duties for the day and she even called to ask if everything was OK later that afternoon. And everything did turn out OK! I was treated for a threatened miscarriage and sent home to rest for the weekend.

When I found out I was pregnant this time one of the first questions I asked was if I'd experience this again. My Dr. told me that my chances were higher since I'd experienced it before but after visiting w/ her on Wednesday, I thought that I was probably past that.

I was very tired yesterday. I had fallen asleep on our couch in the afternoon and when I woke up to use the bathroom I was bleeding, heavily! My DH called the ER immediately and we were told to head straight there. Our hospital is 20 minutes away and I've never seen my DH drive that fast w/ DS in the car, ever! (I kept thinking to myself that it didn't matter how fast he drove, if I was miscarrying, there wasn't anything the doctors would be able to do.)

When we got there the ER nurse took my blood pressure and checked my temperature. She then began looking for the heartbeat w/ the Doppler. That was agonizing! My Dr. had found the heartbeat right away on Wednesday but the nurse looked a little longer than we were comfortable with. But, she found it... beating away at 160 again! The on call OB had ordered another sonogram so we were sent to radiology next.

My DH wasn't along the first time we got to see the baby or hear the heartbeat, he got to hear and see both this time! Everything looked good, nothing concerned the Dr. and after the pelvic exam he sent us on our way. My cervix was closed, there were no tears and more than likely the cause of the bleeding was a ruptured blood vessel. I will wait to hear from my Dr. today to see what we do next. Obviously I am supposed to take it easy, no heavy lifting, no sex! But I plan on doing whatever is needed to ensure that everything stays alright!

We were also told that I am a week farther along than we thought which makes my due date October 28th... we might just have two October babies!

2 comments:

  1. I was so scared when I saw the title of your post! I am glad that everything checked out ok at the hospital and you were able to hear the heartbeat. Please take it easy! All the best for a healthy pregnancy!

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  2. So glad all is well! I'll be praying for you :hug:

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