On Friday night, our baby-to-be scared us once more, hopefully for the last time! First, it was the bleeding that lead to the discovery of a sub-chorionic hemorrhage, this time it was contractions. As soon as we got home from dinner, I started feeling extremely nauseous and experiencing intense stomach pains. Tim ran out to the store to get some 7UP, but while he was out I began to feel much worse and knew something wasn't right with my body. If you've had a baby before you know there is no mistaking labor pains, and that's exactly what I was feeling. Intense, fiery pain stretched across my lower abdomen. For a half hour I endured a contraction every eight minutes, and then they moved to five minutes apart, each lasting for one extraordinarily painful minute. I feared the worst was happening.
As soon as Tim walked in the door I began crying as I told him what was going on. He held my hand as I endured several contractions and then called the hospital to seek advice. They advised us to go to the emergency room, but I knew that at 10 weeks pregnant there was nothing they could do and I'd rather be uncomfortable at home than in the hospital. I had Tim bring a container to the bathroom in case anything happened and then I moved to the bathtub to seek relief. Thank God, the contractions subsided.
In the morning, I felt unusual tightness and soreness so I went to the emergency room to check on the baby, considering what I had experienced the night before. The doctor ordered an ultrasound and to my great relief I saw our baby flipping around, legs outstretched, and heart beating. I inquired about the status of the hemorrhage and was told that it was still present, but appeared to be smaller. Good news. The doctor said that I needed to remain on pelvic rest and avoid heavy lifting, but reported that the baby was doing well. This kid is a fighter! There is no explanation for what happened, but the ultrasound tech noted that women frequently come in having experienced the same thing. Prayers that it's all downhill from here!