Have been terrifying.
Yesterday I was working from home and got up to get something to eat. I felt a warm heavy drip and thought for a second I might have lost control of my bladder. Then my heart dropped, and I knew before I even looked that it was blood.
I ran to the bathroom and cleaned myself up while I called the OB. They acted quickly and told me to come in immediately for an ultrasound. Somehow I made the drive downtown and rushed in, my husband met me there. Over the next hour or two I had two different types of ultrasound and an exam by the midwife. There was more blood after they used the more invasive ultrasound wand and after the midwife did an exam.
They found that the baby looked perfect, my cervix was long and closed and no signs of any placental problems. They attempted to test for amniotic fluid but it must have been contaminated by the blood as they weren’t able to get a result. The doctor came in and said it could be nothing or it could be the start of a miscarriage. They sent me home promising to get me in with the MFM department for a better scan this morning.
I went home terrified and praying that bleeding and cramping wouldn’t pick up and turn into a full miscarriage. Oddly enough the bleeding stopped completely overnight, like a faucet that had quickly been turned on then off.
I was able to get in to see the MFM doctor first thing this morning and they did a long, thorough scan of every square inch of the baby and placenta. The baby looked absolutely perfect and again they found no evidence of a low-lying placenta or fluid issues. The doctor was much more encouraging than the OB last night and said the bleeding is very common and many times they find no cause at all. In the absence of placenta previa or a large pocket of blood behind the placenta, they are not too concerned. He did mention seeing some pools of blood near the edge of my placenta which he expected could cause more bleeding.
For now I am resting at home and feeling hopeful but very, very scared. This pregnancy was already riddled with anxiety, and that was when it was going perfectly. Now I feel like a ticking time bomb. I am still experiencing some bleeding though far less, and not the scary bright red it was before. I am praying it will stop, as every time I see blood will send me into a new panic.
Is unexplained bleeding that is totally benign in the second trimester a real thing? I don’t understand how you can bleed and no one can tell you where it is coming from. I am finding it difficult to relax as my mind keeps going to all the worst case scenarios.