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Update 2



First: there was still a heartbeat this morning.

Second, so sorry for not updating sooner. We left the house at 6:30 a.m. to get to the poles and vote, then drove to Ohio. After my appointment we had a delicious vegan lunch at my favorite quick vegan spot in Cinci (Loving Hut) and then took care of some errands that we can’t run in Lexington. Just got home an hour ago. Whew. I’m beat. And hungry like the wolf.

Dr. B is cautiously optimistic, saying that the hematoma is at the bottom of the sac and right over my cervix so the blood should drain well. He can’t say if it will get larger or not but did say this happens sometimes as the placenta develops. 

He has a different philosophy on treating early hematoma’s then I have read anywhere else. It makes me a little nervous but I trust him. I know he goes to conferences and is always furthering his education on new developments in IVF so I can only have faith that this is something that won’t do any harm. He has me taking two Ibuprofens three times a day until the bleeding and serious cramps stop. His reasoning is that this is the safest way to relax the uterus to keep it from contracting which only exasperates the bleed.  I think it is also a blood thinner that should, hopefully, let the blood pass more than clot and hang out in there. 

He will also monitor me every week for the duration of our time with him. I will not be weening off the PIO early as we had hoped: 6 more weeks of ass shots. If that is what it takes to get a baby then so be it. I want to write more but am starving and my pot of sauce is finally done simmering. I love you all and am eternally grateful for the continued support. A better post will come tomorrow. 




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  1. November 6, 2012

    Whew!!!!!! So relieved for you. TAKE IT EASY!

  2. karaleen #
    November 6, 2012

    So glad you have the plan from your doctor. I know soooo many people who have had these bleeds and it all turns out well…it just sucks to go through it. Yay for the heartbeat….and these DR.s see this all the time…for him to use the word optimistic at all is really great. So glad the bleed is in a good spot to drain. Follow dr. orders and just take it easy. I will be sending soooo many sticky baby vibes your way. Hugs. It has been a tough 24 hours for you.

  3. November 6, 2012

    Super glad to read this. Glad for the heartbeat, glad for a specific plan while you wait and see. Enjoy your dinner and take it easy. We’re both always thinking of you!

  4. November 6, 2012

    Phew!! So sorry this has turned so stressful but grow baby grow!!

  5. November 6, 2012

    Oh Belle, I’m sorry that you’re having to deal with a hematoma 😦 They are so stressful! But, I’m glad that you’re being monitored and I’m glad that they know the cause of the bleeding. A hematoma is not miscarriage. The blood staining your underwear, however, is still terribly anxiety inducing. I know. I hope that things continue to get better and that this little embryo continues to grow and thrive. While you’re waiting – be sure to relax and take care of yourself.

  6. November 6, 2012

    oy I can breathe now. Rest and take care of yourself.

  7. November 6, 2012

    What a relief!

  8. Juno #
    November 6, 2012

    Oh thank you god ( or whoever!).

  9. theyellowblanket #
    November 6, 2012

    So happy for your good news!

  10. November 6, 2012

    I’m so glad that everything is okay.
    Hematomas suck. I know this firsthand. They are so scary, but the placement of yours sounds good, and quite similar to mine. Seeing blood is terrifying, but we just have to remember that with a SCH, you’re bound to see some blood, possibly on many occasions.
    I hope yours resolves itself quickly, and that baby keeps on growing!

  11. Arbrefleur #
    November 6, 2012

    I am so enormously happy to hear this update. You are such a champion! Please take extra, extra good care of yourself for little while because you deserve and TLC is good! p.s. I’m sorry to creepily de-lurk at such a sensitive time, but I was on the edge of my seat these past few days awaiting some good news. SO happy you got it!!! p.p.s. The women that comment regularly on your blog are amazing goddess geniuses. p.p.p.s. I am new to the IF blog-o-sphere (sadly, not new to IF) and I find your blog to be an absolutely life-line of sanity and beauty. I love all your words and I think we might be the same person. (Except i’m not quite pregnant ever yet and you totally are – hooray!!!)

    • November 7, 2012

      Oh I’m so glad you delurked during this hard time! Now, more than ever, I appreciate my readers and all their comments and words of encouragement. I talk with my therapist often about my blog and how thankful I am for it and my readers. In some small way, knowing my struggle helps so many others gives me reason for why I am suffering. Does that make sense? Glad to have you along for the ride, but I’m so sorry you also struggle. I’m here if you ever need anything. xoxo

  12. Amy #
    November 6, 2012

    Oh, there could be almost nothing better than this right now! So glad that heartbeat is still going!! I didn’t have a hematoma that we ever saw on u/s, but when I had spotting and some cramping at around this time frame, they told me to take ibuprofen as well – so it’s not too far out of the box. I so hope that this will be your successful pregnancy and that you get only further reassurance at every coming appointment!

    • November 6, 2012

      Stressful no doubt but its all worth it in the end. Take care and dont stress yourself out. Yay for the heartbeat. One thing I feel (my point of view) is google cannot be trusted much. A lot of times its not the actual researchers writing it but people like you and me.

    • November 7, 2012

      Ah ha! So relieved to hear someone else was told to take ibuprofen! Sometimes all you need is one person to say, “yeah, me too” to make you feel better!

  13. November 6, 2012

    Glad to hear the worst hasn’t happened and that your doc is optimistic. Please take it real easy and trust your gut when it comes to this bleed. It was a hematoma that caused my placenta to abrupt and my daughter to be born too soon. I’m not saying this at all to scare you, bc lots of hematomas resolve with no issue. But just bc of my own experience, I just have so many regrets about not taking it easier when I started to bleed.

  14. November 6, 2012

    Thanks for the update I’ve been thinking about you all day.

    • November 7, 2012

      Thank you for the thoughts!

  15. jak #
    November 6, 2012

    very happy to hear your update:) i’m sure the bleeding has you on edge, it would have me on edge too. but it’s good that your doc knows what it is and has a reasonable plan for you. any advice from doc b on rest? or activity level? just curious what the thinking is……

    • November 7, 2012

      Yeah, I am supposed to take it easy. No yoga unless it is restorative, no 3 mile walks, no sexy time, no lifting weights/lifting heavy objects, etc. I am basically just going to chill on my bum, do some cooking and rest for the next week and hope I don’t go stark raving mad without exercise! Unless, of course, you count all the pee breaks as exercise! I have already had 72 ounces of water today and am shooting to get at least another 24 in me by bed. I figure water helps when my eyes flare. It certainly can’t hurt my baby and hematoma.

  16. November 6, 2012

    May I ask, what is Dr. B cautiously optimistic about? It he optimistic that the hematoma will resolve itself soon, or that the pregnancy will be a success?

    I, personally, think that you are going to be clear of the bleed here very soon and then the rest will be golden!

    • November 7, 2012

      I actually don’t know what he was cautiously optimistic about… didn’t think to ask for clarification. My ER doctor said he was cautiously optimistic about the pregnancy so I’m going to cling to that one. Does that count?

  17. November 7, 2012

    I’m glad it is all going good hun. Feet up and deep breaths xxx

  18. Ginny #
    November 7, 2012

    Oh all that sounds as good as you could hope for….so glad to hear this news. Try to rest up, and glad you’re continuing the PIO shots too, even though they are (quite literally) a pain in your butt. btw, I LOVED the Loving Hut in Cincy, been there once and it was so good and they were so nice! Keeping the good thoughts for you and your baby, Belle.

    • November 7, 2012

      The Loving Hut is Amazing! The vegan pumpkin chili has got to be my favorite chili ever. I might make the Professor go to lunch there again next week just because I can 🙂

  19. November 7, 2012

    Yay heartbeat! And yay plan! Good news all around (except for more shots that you were hoping for).

  20. November 7, 2012

    I am so happy to hear you and your little Birdie are well and so glad you are getting really good care. Your Dr sounds great and having a plan is so comforting. Take it easy Hon. Looks like we are on the same type of rest. I’m here if you are bored and wanna chat.

  21. November 8, 2012

    Bleeding while pregnant is so scary! I know a lot of people also who have had bleeds and have been okay. I’m glad your doctor has a plan for you to follow! Even if “wait and see” would work out fine, just having some kind of “thing” to do definitely helps you feel more in control, I bet.

  22. November 9, 2012

    This headline grabbed me, and when I read it I wondered if this is also guiding your doc:

    Go bubba, go!

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