then I'd suggest hitting that [x] button in the top right hand of your screen. Yep.. that one up there. See it? Great.
Sooo. After all the optimistic, "I'm pregnant.. yay" style posts, we had a glitch. I don't know why I didn't see it coming, because, well, come on people this is me! There is always a glitch.
Tuesday morning, day four of the headache from hell, and no sleep, I dragged my sorry and ever expanding rear end into work. As soon as I got there, I knew, I just KNEW it was going to be a baaaaad day. (Not just a Bad Day, we can handle those, this was a baaaaaad day).
Sure enough, at about 9.30am, I started bleeding. Did the routine, inform the boss I'm leaving for the day, call hubby and then off up to the hospital to get myself and bean checked out.
Can I just say WOW the difference between going to hospital at 6 weeks pregnant and bleeding, and 14 weeks and bleeding?! I couldn't believe the change in attitudes. I was taken straight into emergency, and given a bed. Considering our waiting lists currently this is a miracle! It sure beat sitting in the corridor. Five minutes later, I've done a urine test and am just getting comfy in my hideous gown when I get referred elsewhere.
Holy smokes, I've been here fifteen minutes, and I'm up to level five (maternity) for tests! (Last time I came in I sat in the waiting room for emergency for 3 hours, was stuck in a hallway for another 2 hours without my husband, ignored for a further 3, and then finally seen to after i kicked up a fuss about waiting for 8 hours, bleeding and cramping, without so much as a blood pressure check).
The usual battery of tests, urine, blood, tummy check, quiz about medical history, medications and the ever dreaded speculum exam, and then off for an ultrasound. The entire process took about 5 hours to complete - including the return of bloods.
Our baby looks happy and healthy. But they noticed this thing, called an amnion, that hasn't fused to the uterus as yet.
After consulting Doctor Google once we got home (because somehow, the maternity doctors had no idea what it could mean), I discovered that commonly the amnion doesn't fuse until week 16. Being that I'm only 14 weeks pregnant, Its little cause for concern.
The problem with Doctor Google, and my complete lack of self control in using this "resource", is that it tells you all the things that you really shouldn't know so early in the game, and it doesn't tell you - "no stop reading now, you don't need to worry about such terrifying possibilities yet." It relies on common sense of the user, which when it comes to the health of my unborn child, All sense is lost.
The failure of the amnion to fuse to the uterus, can cause Amniotic Band Syndrome. This syndrome is where tiny string like pieces of the amniotic sac tear and wrap themselves around the developing baby, resulting in disfigurement, amputation, or death of the baby before, or after the birth.
See. I should have stoped reading.
I have another high resolution ultrasound booked for the 6th of October. I have an early pregnancy clinic visit scheduled (I think more for my mental health than anything else!) for this coming Monday. By the time I'm 18 weeks pregnant, I'll have had 6 ultrasounds of this baby. I don't do anything by half.
I want everything to be OK. And I want to never use Dr Google again. But, It's a self control thing. And as I have just demonstrated, I'm sorely lacking.