Last night was pretty scary for me. I woke up at 1:30 am with menstrual type cramping and spotting. There was no pattern to the cramping so I knew enough to not panic, but seeing blood will freak a prego out! It was a muddy color though, not bright red so I knew it was not a sign of possible hemorrhage and decided to relax on the couch in front of a movie. Eventually I was able to fall back asleep and called the midwife in the morning. Turns out this is fairly normal at this point in pregnancy and is a sign that my cervix is beginning to ripen and my body is practicing for the real thing. Yet this is still a little scary because at this point I don't know how low my placenta is and if it is safe to go into labor.
It is also scary because Ryan flies out for a 10 day business trip to New Orleans and Vegas....tomorrow morning. Really shitty timing to be experiencing all of this.
Fast forward a few hours to my scan. Most important the bug is happy and healthy with a good strong heart, but my placenta is still classified as "low-lying" the technician didn't give us an actual measurement but Ryan could see the screen better then me and he said the number looked to be 1.6 cm. Only 6mm of movement. I was devastated, exhausted from no sleep, and my cramping had returned. I just wanted to go home.
I fell into a deep sleep once I was back home and woke up still feeling disappointed but trying to remain positive and feeling less crampy. My midwife called me again to check in with me post-scan (midwives are AMAZING by the way!) and she told me a few things that have made me feel a bit better:
- first off yes that is still low but we have to wait to see the actual results once they get faxed to her office. In the meantime she is going to refer me to an OBGYN (with placenta previa you have to) but she has found one that is young, recently graduated and very progressive in her thinking
- this OBGYN is more likely to allow me to try a vaginal delivery if I can safely do so before just assuming the worst and slicing me open
- they will do another scan on me to see if the placenta has moved more next week
- the placenta only needs to be 2 cm away from my cervix before I am deemed safe to labor....so if I truly am at 1.6cm as Ryan thinks he saw then that is only 4 MORE MM!
Again thank you so much for all of the support! Big hugs and baby kicks to all of you
Peace, love, and pickles!