Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Placental separation?

We had an active weekend running around to Nico's teeball game, his parent-tot swimming lesson and other activities. Also, Vic and I worked on organizing and cleaning up the third floor in 90 degree heat. I guess with all the activity, I might have overdone it a litle bit. Over the weekend, I had some bleeding that I didn't think much of at the time. Since it was fairly light, I wasn't too alarmed.

In any case, I called the doctor on Monday morning to tell him about the bleeding and was told to come in to see the doctor on call (my own OB-GYN was out of the office). She examined me and I had to undergo a bunch of tests, including an ultrasound at University Hospitals.

It was reassuring to hear the baby's heartbeat and see, via the ultrasound, that he is doing OK and being active. But then the maternal/fetal medicine specialist pointed out an area of internal bleeding. Apparently, there is a slight placental abruption. While the worst case scenario would be devastating, the probability of that happening is pretty low. I hadn't researched the topic and was not taking the situation very seriously until I spoke to a co-worker who had had the same condition during one of her pregnancies and lost a baby because of it. In my co-worker's situation, she didn't know the placenta had separated until it was too late. She delivered a tiny, stillborn daughter.

Anyhow, I've been told to take it easy and stay off my feet as much as possible. The doctor said I could work from home a few days a week, but that if I do work in the office, I shouldn't walk home from campus anymore, etc.

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