This is not the blog post I thought I’d be writing…
Yesterday was supposed to be the day of our 12 week scan. The day I had been looking forward to for weeks. The day, I thought, I’d be sharing some very happy news with you all.
Things haven’t turned out as I had planned.
It started off with some brown spotting last Saturday. This got gradually worse until I was bleeding quite heavily, like a period.
Later that evening, I experienced some painful cramping and then a huge clot came away. I mean huge, like the size of my palm! You can read my immediate reaction to this here. It was not looking good.
The next day, I had resigned myself to the fact that I had had a miscarriage and to be honest I just wanted to know whether I had lost the baby or not. I phoned the doctor and asked for an earlier scan. They made an appointment for me at the emergency gynaecological clinic the next day.
On Wednesday we went to the scan. They couldn’t see any sign of a baby at all. No heart beat, Nada. All that was recorded was a large mass which I presume was blood. The doctor arranged for a blood test to confirm a miscarriage. I had blood taken on wednesday and I returned to my doctors surgery on Friday to have another blood sample taken.
The doctors will compare the results of the two samples. If the pregnancy hormone levels have gone down that would suggest that I was pregnant and have had a miscarriage. If the hormone levels go up a little bit but not substantially this may mean I am still pregnant but that the baby is growing in the wrong place for example and ectopic pregnancy. If the hormone levels rise significantly over 50% in a day then that would suggest that I am still pregnant and everything COULD be fine. Although I’m not quite sure how that works as they sonographer couldn’t see anything.
It is now Saturday and I have just spoken to my doctor about the results of the blood test. The blood test confirmed that I was pregnant but the hormone levels show I was only 6-7 weeks pregnant. The levels have dropped by half over the last 48 hours. This confirms that I have had a miscarriage.