I am only seeing brown blood again this morning, so am somewhat calmer. Just spoke to my OB. I pointed out to him that he (and everyone else) had said not to worry about brown blood, so that when it turned red I understandably was suddenly more worried. He laughed and said as soon as I'd mentioned red blood he'd kicked himself inwardly for going on about how brown blood was nothing to worry about. He said that there was really no point coming in, which is what I thought, since we'd seen that everything was fine on the scan, and that Monday's scan didn't show any blood clots or haematomas or anything like that, so they really just won't be able to tell where the blood was coming from. He insisted that:
- At this stage of the pregnancy, bleeding does not materially affect the chances of the pregnancy turning out ok, particularly after all the good scans we've had. Lots of people have more bleeding than this and things turn out fine
- Intermittent bleeding seems likely to continue, and I have to try not to let it freak me out
- Getting on a plane is now a stupid idea, so I am grounded
- Everything looked fine this week, twice. No sign of any fetal distress
He said to stop the progesterone now, I've got a bloody great placenta pumping out more progesterone than the suppositories can touch, so no reason to continue. So "another karen" we can see if your experience is the same as mine! I do so hope so, it would be wonderful to be able to relax a little, which I think might happen if the bleeding would only stop. Doc is going on holiday for two weeks after Easter, so has booked me in to see him on the 5th. He suggested that we don't need a scan, he will just look for the baby's heartbeat with the doppler. We'll see how I feel when we get to the 5th!
His office called to set up the appointment and were really kind. They gave me a 24 hour number to call in case anything goes wrong, and told me to just come in to one of the wards if so (and not to go to A&E, which is a relief).
So I still think we are in good hands, and I do intellectually know that probably everything will be fine. I do know that, but not sure I'm feeling it just yet. But hopefully it will be back soon.