I had another sweep at obs appt yesterday. I was quite excited to find a lot of blood when I went to the toilet afterwards – my previous two sweeps had not caused any change in the status quo. I was a bit surprised to see bright red flowing blood as opposed to the blood-tinged mucous I had expected so I asked the midwife if it was normal. She said yes and so off I went, hoping for some pains to follow. No pains but the bleeding did continue, becoming more mucousy and period-like as time went by. It still hadn’t eased off by about 10pm so I called the hospital and was told not to worry unless it became bright red.
This morning there was still a lot of bloody discharge but it was dark red and brown so I assumed it had been left over from last night. It continued, becoming reddish and then bright red. I called the hospital and was told to come in immediately. I lay down to feel baby moving (she usually never stops), just to put my mind at rest before we set off. She didn’t move. I started sobbing and couldn’t stop. I completely freaked out DH as I could barely stop crying to tell him what was going on.
So we made the dreaded but all-too-familiar, post-bleed trip to the hospital. Baby moved en route so I calmed down. Midwife did a trace, baby is fine. I had to pee in front of her so she could see how much blood I passed/wiped. Not much. She was happy to let me go. Bleeding has eased off now and I am not to worry unless it becomes bright red again.
I have really had it easy this pregnancy. This was my first bleed since implantation. It has been almost a year since we have had to face up to the thoughts of baby loss. And yet it only took seconds for me to be right back there.
I am less excited about labour now than I am anxious to get baby out alive. Less than two days to go.