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Had a big scare yesterday...

May 26, 2011 - 8 comments

At 1:30 AM on Wednesday, I woke up with strong period like cramps. I went to the bathroom and when I wiped I saw blood. It wasn't spotting either it was bright red and I paniked. I woke my husband up and called my RE right away. The oncall doctor advised me to wait until I go for my u/s and b/w in the morning as scheduled. I was having such pain and the bleeding was so heavy I told my husband that we needed to go to the hospital. So, after a few hours in the hospital I was told by the doctor that I am having twins but that my hormone levels are very low for a twin pregnancy and that I was in the begining stages of a miscarriage. My husband and I were devastated. I was still experiencing cramps but the bleeding did stop after the nurse removed a clot on my cervix. She said that it would stop the bleeding. Shorlty after that, I was spotting and then it finally stopped. We left the hospital and went directly to RE to get a consult. I explained to the covering doctor of what happened. She said that hospitals are not fertility specialists and that we didn't need to go to the ER. I was so angry when she said that, I mean really... with all the books I have they all say to go to the ER if you have heavy bleeding and painful cramps! Well, she proceeded to do the u/s and said that she saw 2 perfect gestational sacs and that I am still in the game. I then started to cry. This day was supposed to be the happiest day and it was just a complete nightmare. They took blood from me and waited for their call. We went home so exhausted. I was numb and didn't know what kind of news I was going to get later in the day. I got the phone call @ 2pm and was told everything was fine and that what I experienced was normal. I still feel that It was not normal but hey they are doctors. I am still in shock that I am carrying twins and I can't bring myself to celebrate b/c I am scared that I will lose them. I am also angry b/c I have been through so much to get here and to have this scary thing happen it's like someone is playing a cruel joke. I'd like to add that the hospital beta was way off... they said my beta was 9722.0. I asked for my progesterone and estrogen and the doctor looked at me like I was crazy. The results from the RE beta was 11,487 progesterone was 3.8 a bit low but not below 3 and estrogen was 238. Today, I feel fine and no bleeding or cramps. I still want an explaination of what happened but I have to trust that the RE doctors know what they are doing and if they say I am ok then I really am ok.

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by kp192, May 26, 2011
Wow!!!  That is such a scary experience!  I'm glad your RE feels things are still OK and congrats on the twins!  That is so exciting.  I know with my 2nd pregnancy I had spotting for a week and that a lot of women have bleeding with healthy pregnancies so try to have faith.  I'm glad the bleeding has stopped now - hang in there!

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by Hopefulcb, May 26, 2011
OMG!!!! How scary!! I had a feeling something was wrong yesterday when I didn't hear from you!! Thankfully all is well now!! So glad everything came back normal from the RE!! Its hard but we have to take it one day at a time and try and stay positive no matter how hard. Absolutely trust the RE that everything is ok!! They know what they are doing!!! CONGRATS on the twins!!!!! Guess that's why you got positive Betas so early!!!!!!! I'm SO happy for you!!!! Hopefully all is settled with this clot gone from your cervix and it will be smooth sailing from here!!!!!! Hugs!!

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by korrskat, May 26, 2011
Thank you so much. I am feeling (mentally) better about what happened and trying to keep focus on having a healthy pregnancy. Physically, morning sickness has struck me something fierce! I have no appetite but I know I need to eat for the babies... this is going to be a challenge. Thank you both for your support. It really means a lot to me. Hopefulcb- I can't wait to hear about your u/s... it's only a few days away!

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by Kricket212, May 26, 2011
I am sorry that happened to you but glad things are ok.  I am however concerned with your progesterone level.  My office always said it should be around 20.  If you say yours is 3.8 that is scary low.  Are you doing progesterone in oil shots or those lovely ins erts??? Please make sure you are taking something.  Progesterone is what is used to sustain pregnancy.  

Stay well & get rest.

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by korrskat, May 27, 2011
Kricket212- I thought that was low too but they know what they are doing. I am taking progesterone vag inserts 100mg 3 times a day. I never missed a dose... my nurse said that progesterone always rises and dips. Feeling better today. I got a lot of rest yesterday. Thanks for the concern. I may call my nurse just to ake sure everything is ok.

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by journey2motherhood, May 27, 2011
I'm so sorry you had to go through this.  I'll be praying for you - try to take it easy and hang in there!  

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by nic374, May 27, 2011
Ummm I dont know about alot of fertility clinics but I alll I can say is when I wanted my first child I went to a clinic to figure out what was wrong with me and why I wasnt getting pregnant after serveral months of trying with my husband, finally the month I went there and in process of them doing all those test, I had just got pregnant with my first child, They also told me my progestrone was low, and gave me inserts this was also 10 years ago BTW. But when they did her 16 week u/s before I went off to a regular OBGYN they said she had a chorid Plex cyst and advise me to have a Level II u/s at her 20 week, I did and thankful it had disapperaed by the second u/s, and she is now a healthy happy kid, she does have a bad temper but she will be in 5th grade too, Now with my last pregnancy and this pregnancy I have been with a regular OBGYN from the start and they never said anything about low progestrone, and I even delivered my second baby 7 days late,  I would just be watchfull on the progestrone, I know there doctors but they get a certain pattern and fertility clinics love giving the progestrone and I understand to help maintain the pregnancy, but sometimes I dont feel its nescessary,,,,,, I will never know if that cyst that my daugher had was releated to the progestrone or not my last baby and this baby had no cyst in the brain and they even were even looking for it because of my first having it, Good Luck

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by krichar, May 27, 2011
I just saw this side post and I hope you don't mind me commenting! The reason fertility clinics prescribe progesterone and estrogen is when your pregnant your body is suppose to produce those hormones naturally, with procedures like ivf they shut down your hormones so they can control it. Usually after the egg is released the corpus luteum produces the progesterone but when they retrieve your eggs it doesn't, especially with a frozen cycle because you don't ovulate at all! I am not sure what procedure you had to achieve your pregnancy but there is a reason a doctor will prescribe these hormones, it's not just to be "safe"

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