Hello! I am new and just introduced myself here. Sorry to bring an issue so quickly after introduction but I know this board can be a great support system.
Ok, the issue I was talking about...
My previous two pregnancies were normal as far as no abnormal cramping or bleeding. This pregnancy has been great until about a week ago. I started cramping and it wasn't normal cramping...I felt like I was about to start my period. Thursday I noticed brown discharge like old blood. I ignored it for the time being because I didn't want to ruin Thanksgiving and there was no other symptom. That night, I started having downward pressure and cramping. I told DH if one more thing happens, then Im going to the ER. The next day, I decided to check my cervix. I became a "pro" at this from checking it while TTC both 2nd and 3rd pregnancies. I scrubbed my hands, made sure my nails were short, and checked. It was SUPER mushy. I have NEVER felt it that soft...EVER. Then I noticed the bright red blood, which was a lot (TMI alert) and a chunk of tissue or blood clot that was about an inch long, inch wide sitting in the toilet. Im positive I did NOT scratch myself and I was very careful with what I touched.
I went to the ER. They did a sono and babies heartbeat was 148. I asked the sonographer if she could see if my cervix was open or closed and she said that is one of the things we are checking. When we were done, she said the radiology physician will interpret the pictures and report to my ER doctor. The ER doc said radiology doc said everything was normal and that there were no comments about my cervix. Im ASSUMING this means it was closed. ER doc said if it's open, a miscarriage is inevitable. If it's closed, it could still go either way.
Monday, I tried to schedule a follow up appt but my doc said there really is no point in poking around in there and possibly making it worse because it really won't give us any answers anyways. Oh yeah, and the bleeding has stopped and the cramping has mostly stopped. However, there was slightly a bit of brownish (old blood again) discharge today but it could just be leftovers. I am on bedrest and pelvic rest atleast until my next appt, Dec. 20th.
Obviously we are very scared. My family could really use some prayers. We already know his sex, have felt him move, and have named him (well, we have a middle name...the first name we have narrowed down to 2 names but leaning towards one). The ER doc said there can still be a heartbeat if you catch it early enough because the actual miscarriage will not occur until 3-4 days later. We are on day 4 now and I'm still feeling him move.
Does anyone have any experience with any of this? Every time I think of something it could be and gain hope, I remember how mushy my cervix was which is a sign labor is coming. I refuse to check it now because that area is a complete no touchy area now. But I would like to hear of similar situations where everything turned out to be ok. Anybody got any?
Thanks for reading all of this...especially when you don't even know me! And thanks to everyone who is able to help or sends a prayer my way!