Thursday, March 8, 2012

Labor & Delivery...My First Visit

First off, I would really like to thank everyone that responded to my post from yesterday about the blog roundup. I have gone through and responded to each and every comment so please take a look. Also, for those who have not commented yet, please feel free to leave me your blog information as I am excited about finding some new blogs to follow!

So, all day yesterday I was having a lot of back pain that was accompanied by rectal/vaginal spasms. I had called the nurse line at my MFM's office and left a message as I wanted to see if there was anything else that I could do that could help ease the pain. As soon as 5pm rolled around I figured out that they were not going to call me back. I have to say, that I was a bit pissed. Not that there was, but what if something was wrong? Finally I just couldn't take it anymore so I ended up calling the doc on call for my group. She spoke to me for about 20 minutes and asked me a bunch of questions. I told her that I had an appointment on Friday so I would address it then, but I needed to figure out what I could do to help this pain. When I told her about the rhythmic spasms and the watery discharge, she told me that it would be better if I came in to get checked out. So my first official visit to labor and delivery was underway. When I got there they had a room all ready for me. They had me change into a gown so they could take a look at everything. When I went into the bathroom to change, I was absolutely mortified when I saw that my pantyliner was covered in blood. Now the panic set in. They immediately got the heart rate on the doppler (with my help of course) and then the doctor came in. She did an abdominal ultrasound first to check my fluid levels. She said that the baby looked great and had plenty of fluid around it. She even took the time to show me all of the baby's little fingers and toes. After the ultrasound she wanted to do an internal exam as she wanted to take a sample to make sure that the watery discharge wasn't amniotic fluid. She also discovered that I had a ruptured vaginal blood vessel and that is what was causing the bleeding. Once she got the specimen she decided to do an internal ultrasound so she could get a good look at my cervix. She had a difficult time measuring it but she got it at 3.1cm, exactly what it was 3 1/2 weeks ago. I question her measurement a bit but I guess we will see.

So after about 2 hours we were able to go home with a clean bill of health. She is pretty sure that this intermittent back pain and spasms are being caused by the baby. Apparently the baby likes to wedge his/her head into the corner of my uterus. Also, not only is the placenta more towards the left side than the right, the baby also seems to favor the left side of the placenta which is causing pressure on my bladder, hence the 24/7 peeing...which is probably what the watery discharge embarrassing!!

Tomorrow afternoon is my 16 week (almost) appointment with the MFM. I am hoping we will get the p17 injections squared away and be able to come up with a game plan for the next few weeks. I am also hoping that they will be able to tell us the gender as I am just so excited to find out. If not, our elective ultrasound is in one week. I guess patience is a virtue!


  1. how scary!! so glad things are ok!


  2. So scary! Glad things are all well and I pray that they stay that way. Also, can't wait to find out the gender. Sooo exciting!