Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Pregnancy Post (10 weeks)

I WISH this was an April's Fools joke, but I had a VERY stressful morning. I had some bleeding and PANICKED, assuming the worst. H called the Dr. for me, because I was crying so much that I could barely talk. They weren't open yet, so we called the back-up number. The nurse told us to call when the office opened and tell them what was going on and they would get us in. H cancelled his classes so that he could take me and we went in later in the morning. I was supposed to go tomorrow afternoon for a check-up, so they had results from all the blood work and ultrasound from two weeks ago. Everything looked good in that respect, so the doctor (my midwife wasn't in today, but the doctor I saw was AWESOME) listened for a heartbeat with the Doppler. He said it might be too early to hear it that way- and sure enough he couldn't find it. He did an exam to check on the bleeding (and said it wasn't too much), then they did an ultrasound. We saw the heartbeat and it looked like the baby was doing the butterfly stroke in there! I was so relieved. The doctor said that he was still concerned about an irregularity in the gestational sac, which may have been the source of the bleeding. I wasn't entirely clear on his explanation of the source, but I think that this is what he was describing. He told me to "take it easy" for the next week and come back to see my midwife later next week.  We're supposed to drive to a conference on Sunday and he said that was fine, but we're going to cancel if I am still having bleeding by then.  They also took a blood sample to check my progesterone levels. I am trying not to worry too much, but how scary this is- I had no problems with D's pregnancy, so I never expected anything like this. 

A friend from work emailed to see if I was OK (my other friend at work told her a bit about what was going on). She wasn't sure she should ask, but I told her that one reason I didn't mind telling friends about the pregnancy early, was that I have a bigger support system if anything happens to go wrong.

H is being incredibly sweet and I know he is worried about me (and the baby). He drove me to work this afternoon for a thesis defense so that I wouldn't have to park far away. He also cooked dinner tonight. I am hopeful that things will be OK. I think my chances are about 75% for a good outcome (based on my obsessive compulsive searching and reading of medical studies online). Of course, the doctor didn't put a number on it- he just said that seeing the baby moving and the heartbeat were good signs.


11 comments:

JustMe said...

so sorry that unexpected things are happening, i hope that the bleeding stops soon and that things will be less stressful! take care, and yay for H taking such good care of you.

Rhonda said...

I am sorry to hear about the stressful day, but it's wonderful you have such a great support system on hand!

Fingers crossed for you.

Ianqui said...

Well, I don't know if this will help you at all, but I spotted for about 2 weeks straight when I was at 7 and 8 weeks. I freaked out, especially because my doc didn't seem like she was in much of a rush to see me, although the OB nurse had me come in twice to have my HCG levels checked to make sure they were still increasing. Eventually, the bleeding just disappeared and everything was fine, but I really made myself crazy reading all of the websites about all the possible reasons that bleeding could be happening at that stage.

I didn't tell anyone at the time, because I was so worried about miscarriage, but it turned out later that my mom, and a family friend both told me they'd bled for a few days at least during the early parts of their pregnancies. I thought then that I wished I'd said something, because I would have felt better to hear that it wasn't really uncommon to spot or bleed in the early stages.

I'm glad you were able to get some peace of mind from the doc. In fact, since your doctor and midwife are seeing you, I would stay as far away from the internet as I could. I know you already have a kid, but maybe the internet wasn't so popular then :) All I can say is that I tortured myself for 2 weeks until the bleeding stopped, and I regret that now.

luckybuzz said...

I agree that seeing the heartbeat is a good sign! Sending strong-and-healthy-baby vibes to you. Take it easy and try not freak out too much! ((((hugs))))

Anastasia said...

I'm so glad everything is alright and yeah, seeing a heartbeat on ultrasound is a very, very good sign. along the lines of ianqui's comment: I had spotting with my first two pregnancies between 7-10 weeks and everything was just fine with both of them. It's hard not to panic but there's really no reason to assume the worst. take care!

comebacknikki said...

{{{Addy}}}

ScienceGirl said...

Hugs! I hope things are less stressful soon.

Jane said...

Take care of yourself!! And I agree, stay away from the Internet.

Addy N. said...

Thank you, awesome blog friends! And don't worry- I'm not driving myself crazy with the internet- I actually find it comforting to see how common these things are. Thanks again!!!

Dr. Brazen Hussy said...

Very scary!! I hope everything's ok and that the rest of the pregnancy goes more smoothly.

Seeking Solace said...

Take care of you and that little one!!! Sending big hugs!!!!