Apr 11, 2013
So I haven't actually posted on here about this but I had a scare two weeks ago and ended up going to hospital. I woke up at about 3am in the morning needing to pee for about the 10th time that night. So I had a pee and got back into bed and suddenly had the urge to go again like my bladder wasn't empty. I got back up and tried to pee again but nothing would come out. I got back into bed and still had that feeling like I needed to pee. I tossed and turned for a while and then decided to go downstairs and lie on the couch as I didn't want to wake up Joaquim.
So I'm lying there and suddenly get these horrendous stomach pains which just got worse and worse. I thought perhaps it was my bowel so I tried to go number twos. A bit came out and then I lay back on the couch. Pains got worse so I tried to go to the loo again, a bit more came out but not that much. The pains got so bad I called out to Joaquim as I was writhing in pain on the floor. He came rushing down the stairs and by this time I had shooting pains in my vagina, I thought for sure I was loosing the baby. Anyway he helped me to get dressed and we got in the car and headed to hospital. On the way there the stomach pains just stopped. I'm not sure if it was the paracetamol I took or if they would have just stopped anyway. The vagina pains were still bad so we continued to hospital. I got there and demanded they they check my cervix straight away which they did and it was closed. By this time the uncomfortable urge to pee had stopped They then took my urine and did a vaginal swab and said the results wouldn't be back for a few days. I was there for a few hours but because they couldn't find any reason for the pain they sent me home.
So after this episode I haven't really had any more tummy pains, only mild pains in my vagina which they say is normal. So yesterday I had my fortnightly cervix check and consultation at the high risk clinic (which is the same hospital I went to for the pains) and was telling the doctor about my scare. I said to her it's strange because there was no infection (I assumed this because no one had rung me to tell me otherwise) yet the need to pee was so bad. She then looked at my notes from the hospital visit and said yes you do have an infection - your urine came back positive for UTI and your vaginal swab also came back positive for Strep B. She kind of played it down and said it's not that serious and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. She told me not to be worried about it and a lot of pregnant ladies have this type of infection and didn't mean I was going to lose the baby. So anyway I went away feeling reassured because my cervix was looking great and the baby was looking good too.
So on my way home I started thinking about when I lost Ruby and after I delivered her (different hospital) the doctor said the reason I went into pre-term labour could have been 1 of 3 things - incompetent cervix, placental abruption from a blood clot or infection. They did take a swab from my placenta and my vagina and it came back positive for Strep B. Again though they played that down and said a lot of pregnant women have that infection and that didn't necessarily cause the premature labour. So yeah that was never focused on. Unfortunately the piece of blood clot they took for testing was lost.
So while I'm thinking about all this, it pops into my head that I had this recent hospital visit two weeks ago and nobody rang to tell me I had an infection. I only found out because I told the doctor about my scare and she looked at my notes. What if I hadn't mentioned it - would it have gone unnoticed?? I have been googling infection and pre-term labour and apparently it accounts for up to 40% of preterm births. Why is no one taking this more seriously! I had Strep B with Ruby and now I have it with this pregnancy and everyone just plays it down but 40% is really high. I am starting the antibiotics today but I am quite scared it will come back and how will I know. Do I ask them to test me every so often for it??
The more I think about it the more I'm wondering if I lost Ruby because of the Step B. What do you guys think??