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Ok, brief timeline to start...
18th Dec - IVF Transfer
29th Dec - BFP
7th Jan - First spotting noticed
12th Jan - Blood on TP
15th Jan - HCG level checked and at 36,300 odd. Good sign
17th Jan - Joined Sept DDC + U/S 10.2mm length and heartbeat present (didn't tell me what it was though)
...light spotting has continued all this time...
26th Jan - woke to lots of red blood on TP, not cramping and went back to spotting however it was more dark brown and heavier than previous spotting
29th Jan - 1st day back at work after 5 week holiday, rang IVF clinic to report bleeding/spotting. Wed's U/S moved forward to Monday afternoon to see what was happening.
Results: technically I was 8w5d . The U/S measured bub at 9w1d and the heartrate was at 188 - slightly higher than average but he said that they don't particularly like the internal U/S and he/she could just be a bit excited at the moment about it. He said the bleeding could be caused by part of the placenta coming away. He said that half of the placenta can come away without it causing any harm to the baby however if a certain part comes away it is very dangerous for bub. Or at least that's what I think he said. I will no doubt spend my time now (seeing as though he gave me an open ended dr certificate -will explain in a minute) researching all about placentas and seeing if I can make sense of what he said to me. Am I the only one who is that overwhelmed after a scan or a scare that not everything the Dr says makes sense - it appears to at the time but when you come away from the office and try to explain it to someone you start questioning what he said or even what that meant?
The open ended Dr certificate:
Well, its not really but all he said was that I should stay away from work and just rest until 2 days after any bleeding (including spotting) stops. (Note that so far I have been spotting for 23 days) The medical certificate says "due to complications she has been advised to rest at home until further notice".
This is the beginning of the school year in Australia and I feel bad that I will miss the first week or so with my new class. My supervisor said to try and find a casual (substitute) that I would like to take over from me when I start my maternity leave, and who I'd like to share with on my return. Had two in mind, one is unavailable due to illness and the other I rang last night and she already has work lined up this year at another school. I don't know who else I'd want to teach my class on a long term basis.
But...my main concern is and has to be the health of this little bub inside.
So, after a day of work, I'm back to the couch. But at the moment I've got a healthy looking baby with a strong heartbeat and I'm so relieved. I've got a good feeling about this!
I suppose this should have gone in a journal entry shouldn't it? Oh well, too late now. lol
You can still put it in your journal. Nothing wrong with that. Good to hear that the baby is well at least. Just follow doctor orders and you should be fine. I know that it's very hard to sit there and feel like you are doing nothing, but as you already know the most important thing is keeping baby there until it's time. keep us posted.
I am glad you little bean is doing well. Just to let you know, my SIL had a tear in the placenta with her daughter, which caused spotting and cramping. She was put on bed rest for a week and the tear healed itself. So just relax and take it easy!!!