I hope you all doing well.
I have finally reached week 16 with my twins. Heartburn/ swollen legs & cramps have already showed up as well.
Just after I reached week 12 I started bleeding ( not just spotting ) and as you can imagine I was in shock. I was thinking yayy week 12 - risk is much lower & then the bleeding started. To my luck it happened on a weekend out of hours ( EPU ) so I called the maternity unit and the said that I shall I go to the A&E. So husband & I made our way in. 20mins later a nurse came - measured BP & pulse , walked off and returned shortly. Her words to me : we are not scanning you now, you are not in a life threatening condition. If you were to miscarry , you can do this safely at home.
I was so gobsmacked by this answer that I didn’t know what to say . She made a referral to the EPU for the next morning. And I went home again. It was the worst night of my life. I was certain that I lost my babies.
Next morning at 7:30 a nurse from the EPU called and said A&E referred you - what’s the matter .. so I explained to her the bleeding since 14 hours etc etc .,, she looked at my notes and said : please be aware that after we seen & scanned you , you will not have another scan for two weeks regardless whether the bleeding stops or not! Ok fair enough I thought!
We went to the EPU - the place was empty - no one there . The Sonographer said to me : we are not doing anything fancy - we are not equipped for that. He looked at the babies - found the heartbeat & that was it. No look if there’s a bleed inside or anything .
The nurse took me to give me an anti D injection due to my blood type ( 0 neg) she said if the bleeding doesn’t stop please contact your GP to have your cervix checked.
I contacted my fertility doctor in Istanbul & he said to me take progesterone ( which I stopped week 11 ) he faxed a prescription to my GP which after some discussion with the gynaecologist at the hospital agreed to send this to my local pharmacy!
The bleeding stopped after 3 days but every time going to the loo - is a nightmare! I can’t relax etc.
I am not stupid and am aware that if a miscarriage happens , no good doctor in the world can stop it !
I have been pregnant before ( in Germany ) and the care is just much different ! Woman gets checked down below . Gets seen my the OB gyn every 4 weeks & towards the end every two weeks.
I’ve seen the consultant by now and to be honest , It was a waste of time. What she has told me , I knew already !
I had a private scan on Monday & thank god both babies are well ! We also know by now that we are expecting two boys.
With all this blessing, I still cannot feel at ease . My family back home in Germany & my in laws in algeria cannot understand why no cervix exam is done ! I read about german pregnant ladies when they write my cervix length etc & I’m clueless . Am I expecting too much ? Are my worries unjustified?
Husband & are going away to Algeria in 3 weeks time & my sister in law has already booked me in with her OB Gyn for a proper check up. I know it’s not much but it will cost me roughly £20 there and I really haven’t got much to lose.
Sorry for the long post but I had to get that if my chest.