Warning: This post talks about bleeding. Feel free to head over to the end of the post for ultrasound picture 🙂
After going through this somewhat traumatic experience which started over the weekend, I got scheduled in for a repeat ultrasound today. Thankful to say, Baby L is alive and thriving!
To date, I am 9 weeks into my pregnancy. This being my first rodeo, I really don’t know what to expect. And let me tell you, Google is not your friend when you experience symptoms you don’t know you should be having. I’ve been in tears and stressed out so many times I’ve lost count. For the most part, I’ve had very mild pregnancy symptoms:
- Sore breasts (my boobs have seriously hurt for two months)
- Nausea (easily avoidable as long as I eat/keep myself fed – thankfully have not had to vomit yet, even when especially gaggy)
- Lack of energy (I find that I am heading for bed by 9pm. I don’t necessarily fall asleep right away, but I just need to lay down and quietly read on my phone or whatever)
- Lower back pain (which to be honest I’ve lived with for the past 10 or so years thanks to a snowboarding injury – falling on ice will do that to you)
The symptom that has stressed me out the most is bleeding. Earlier in my pregnancy, at about 5-6 weeks, I had some pretty heavy spotting (dark brown, old looking blood) which the interwebs pretty much agrees is ‘normal’. Basically, at this stage in pregnancy, your uterus might be shedding some old blood (hence the dark brown blood).
However, last Sunday morning, I woke up around 8am because I had to pee. Imagine my surprise (leading to PANIC) when I found that I had been BLEEDING. Bleeding as in bright red blood. Having googled ‘spotting’ earlier in my pregnancy, I was always reassured that ‘as long as it was not bright red blood, there is no need to panic’. Well, because it was bright red blood this time, I freaked the hell out and woke Bobby up. To be honest, there was not a lot of blood. It kind of looked like I was starting my period which in itself is awful news because when you bleed, immediately you think you are miscarrying.
Since it was Sunday, I couldn’t see my doctor. I paged the on call maternity physician and she called me back right away. Speaking to her was very reassuring, but to be honest, I was still freaked out. She mentioned that bleeding *can* be normal because of blood clots (or something like that). She told me to put a pad on and to go to the hospital if:
- The pad completely fills with blood within 30-60 minutes
- I have severe abdominal pain/cramps
- I have a fever.
I’ve had none of those symptoms and the bleeding stopped a few hours later. In fact, about an hour or so after I spoke with the doctor, I went to bathroom to assess my situation and I noticed that I had ‘passed’ a blood clot which I am hoping is the reason for all of this stress. I never ‘filled’ a pad which was reassuring. My bleeding was really more like spotting, but with bright red blood at first, and then dark brown blood later on. I also never got cramps or a fever.
On Monday, I went to see my doctor (well, technically, the doctor who was working at my clinic that day) and she had me repeat some blood work to confirm my hCG levels (apparently, these numbers are supposed to continue to rise over the next week or so) and to schedule me in for an ultrasound. Because my appointment was so late in the day, all labs were closed and they weren’t able to book me in for an ultrasound. The receptionist told me she would call me on Tuesday with my appointment time.
Today (Tuesday), I woke up bright and early to get my blood test done before work. Because I was in the lab, I put my phone on silent. Because my phone was on silent, I missed the call from my doctor’s office. They called at 8:15am and I couldn’t call them back because their clinic doesn’t open until 9am. No big deal, I figured I would just call them back once I got to work. And I did… they scheduled me for a repeat ultrasound today at 3:15pm.
I left work early to go to my ultrasound appointment. This time around, I made sure not to overdo it with the filling of bladder request. The tech did her thing and Baby L’s heart is beating and everything! I cannot believe how much my little fetus has grown in three weeks and 1 day. What was just a little blob now has a visible head (and apparently arms and legs too). It’s heart rate was 171, which apparently is normal… and it’s growth rate is on track!!!! WOO HOO…!!! Thanks for extra/unnecessary stress, Baby! Already giving mommy such a hard time 🙂
For those that are curious, the bleeding was likely due to implantation. The tech did a thorough scan and she couldn’t see any more potential clots that would cause bleeding…. and I seriously hope I don’t experience anymore because they are borderline heart attack inducing.
Here is Baby L at 9 weeks. It’s measuring at 2.45cm! My little fetus is about an inch long!!!!
Side note: So when my doctor’s office was not able to get a hold of me this morning, they decided to call my mom and let her know they are trying to get a hold of me. What am I, 12 years old still?!? Haha 🙂