This morning, I was laying in bed with Trevor and a squirmy Knox, when I felt a gush of something. I jumped up and discovered bright red blood. I told Trevor to get Knox dressed while I called the doctor’s office, knowing we were about to head to the ER. The on-call doctor called me right back and told me to head to the emergency room. I do have a doppler at home, so I obviously took that out and listened for the baby- I heard the heart beating at about 165 bpm, which eased my mind a bit. On the way to the hospital, I tried to pray out loud with Trevor, but I started crying, so I barely mumbled out “please let this baby be okay, amen.”
Previously, when I had to go to the hospital for pre-term issues with Knox, I got taken immediately up to the OB floor, but since I’m still before 18 weeks, I had to stay in the ER. They checked me in, drew blood and we had to wait a few minutes for the ultrasound. Trevor’s parents got there and waited with Knox. In the ultrasound, the baby looked great. Our ultrasound tech was wonderful and so nice. I didn’t expect this to be how Trevor first saw this baby, but I’m so glad he was there with me. The baby was jumping and spinning like crazy during the ultrasound- I don’t think he or she sat still for a minute. I asked the tech if she saw anything that indicated why I was bleeding, and she pointed out an area around the sac that was blood.
The ER doctor reviewed the images and said something about “looks like the placenta is around the cervix.” Not very informative! I knew that probably meant a partial previa, but that’s all he said. I asked to speak with the OB on-call, so he paged her. Dr. J came in and was so great. She told me that I had a subchorionic hemorrhage where the bond between the placenta and the uterine wall is damaged- she said this could be caused by rapid uterine growth or some crazy baby movement. I also have a partial placental previa where my placenta sits low and close to the cervix. So, basically there are two factors here causing the bleed. The doctor said the pregnancy looks great, baby is fantastic, I just need to take it very easy with no vigorous exercising or anything, and I’m also on pelvic rest for four weeks.
She said these issues should resolve on their own, but they will do another ultrasound next week and keep a close eye on things. I guess I have been too calm this pregnancy- we needed a little something to make me panic over! Today, Trevor’s parents and my mom are both here helping with Knox, so I am being allowed to do nothing at all. I’m so thankful this baby looks okay. We would really appreciate any prayers you could send our way for this bleeding to subside and for a healthy rest of the pregnancy!
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