The eleventh hour

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.

31 Replies to “The eleventh hour”

  1. God, why didn’t they induce you days ago, then it would all be over and you would be sure that baby is fine. That must have been so stressful for you. Awful.

    I thought they always automatically induced women whose pregnancy exceeds the 40 week timeframe.

    Maybe it’s different in Ireland?

    Hold on, FeeBee. It’s almost over. You’ll hold your daughter in your arms very soon.

  2. I got such a fright reading your post. I was delighted when I saw that everything was ok! Go home and drink some raspberry tea and have sex after eating a curry!!

    Good luck!

  3. My heart was in my neck reading that. I can only imagine the state of you and dh in the hospital. I don’t understand why they just don’t induce you. Like Beezle said, maybe it is different in Ireland. This child is goin’ to come out walkin’.
    I am secretly hoping she arrives on my B-day(wed.11th) 😉 I can hear you curse me now!!!
    Stay Strong!!!!

  4. Oh no Feebee, what a horrible thing to go through, you musy have been so terrified, I’m so glad to hear A was ok. Hang in there, it will all be over soon. I’m checking in every chance I get too, can’t wait until you have baby A in your arms, safe on the outside. Big hugs.

  5. What a shock for you all to have had I was anxious just reading your post.

    Best of luck today Feebee, I can’t wait to hear that your daughter is safely in your arms!

    Take care and enjoy meeting your daughter,


  6. OMG, Fiona why don’t they just induce you and get it over with.
    My last was induced as I was worried about a fast labour, it is not bad at all.

    I would refuse to leave the hospital the nesxt time you go in.

    I am up to ninety for you, cannot imagine how you and DH are coping.

    Hang in there.

  7. I’m hoping you are in the height of it now and pushing for the finish line. Sending you major vibes across the pond.

  8. Hi Mrs. just to say I have been thinking about you all weekend. You have been so brave, hold on a little longer and your hurts will melt away.

  9. Just saw the news on your hubby’s blog and wanted to pass on huge congrats from myself and John. Welcome little Anna. Delighted for you all!

  10. Fiona

    oh my heart! Seriously I nearly had a calliption so i cant even imagine how u must have felt! I have just seen zee’s post and the baby is here!!!! That’s fantastic, a million hugs girlie to all 4 of u (and i’m not even a huggy person!).

    Congrats and so much love


  11. Hi Fiona,

    Just saw Engol’s post on mm, Fantastic news and huge congratulations to you all….. Welcome to the world Baby Anna, you are a celebrity already!


  12. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, welcome Baby Anna to the big world!!! you have a lot to live up to, your Mother has a hell of story or two to tell ye.
    Congrats Fiona and John B. and big brother

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