Last night I had that moment that pregnant women dread!! A harmless trip to the toilet resulted in a panic stricken call to the maternity unit as I was bleeding again. This is the third time during this pregnancy that I’ve had a bleed. The first at 9 weeks, the second at 23 weeks and now again at 33 weeks pregnant.
After two failed pregnancies last year we are naturally very anxious when things don’t run to plan.
At 23 weeks we had quite a lot of bleeding following some bedroom athletics. This of course made us both feel terrible and so we decided that there would be no more until baby was safely in our arms – it hasn’t been fun but we think it will be worth it in the end. They said at the time that I had an ectroprian which is an erosion of the cervix. Our frivolities had most likely aggravated it which resulted in the bleeding. At the time I was sent home and told that all should be fine and just to watch out for any further bleeding as further bleeds could lead to scar tissue building up on the placenta – ultimately leading to the placenta not being effective enough to care for baby.
The last couple of weeks my tummy has been very tender right at the bottom of my bump, often feeling like I’ve pulled a muscle. I’ve also had odd bouts of period pains in my tummy and back but they have subsided again so I’ve not worried too much.
Then last night I had bleeding again and my heart sunk into my stomach – here we go again. At least this time it was at a more civil hour so I didn’t feel quite so bad about calling my Mum over to look after Little Bean.
We arrived at the Maternity Unit and were seen pretty quickly bearing in mind how busy the unit was, looks like there were a lot of new faces entering the world last night. Hearing the newborn babies cries was just magical – seeing the labouring mothers doubled over walking the corridors was rather frightening! That will be me again soon!
I was strapped up to a baby monitor, the part which I love – just listening to the steam train that is my boy’s heartbeat. Upon examination I was told by the Doctor that I had a Polyp on my Cervix which was bleeding. It could be linked to the ectropian but it appeared to be quite small and so shouldn’t be a problem. They are testing me for infections and have told me to watch out for more bleeding.
This morning I did that stupid thing that we internet surfers do, I googled Cervical Polyps in Pregnancy. The first article which I found scared the pants off me as it said that most polyps are benign but all polyps should be thoroughly investigated to ensure they are not cancerous. After the whole Jade Goody thing, I naturally let my brain run ahead with itself and worry.
Of course, many other websites say that it is nothing to worry about, that it is very common in women who have had previous pregnancies. But once you have seen the “C” word you can’t help but panic. This morning I’m not actively bleeding but I am still showing signs of blood when I wipe each time I go to the toilet.
Have you ever had anything similar in your pregnancies? Please tell me I’m just being daft and not to get my knickers in a twist!