Along for the Ride: Bleeding in Pregnancy
Along for the Ride: A Real Time Surrogacy Experience
In the surrogacy world…. well, heck… in the IVF world in general, blood is not at all uncommon. I’ve read that up to 70% of pregnancies achieved through IVF will have some level of bleeding during the pregnancy. It can be caused by any one of a hundred things. Anything from inconsistent hormone levels, disturbance of the cervix (often from vaginal hormone therapies needed to sustain the early pregnancy), or even an internal- and often harmless- hemorrhage can cause bleeding.
But yes, sometimes bleeding does mean miscarriage.
Typically we only become concerned if the blood is bright red, if there are clots, or if the bleeding becomes heavy and is accompanied by cramps.
My head is so often buried in IVF research for work that I tend to think about these things academically as opposed to emotionally. But It still knocked the breath right out of my chest when, last night, I had some bleeding.I had no cramps, so the bright red blood was… surprising. Luckily, because I have my head buried in IVF research for work, I knew just what my doctor would tell me to do.
Stay calm. Increase fluids. Feet up.
So I emailed the nurse to let her know what was going on, and followed the directives I knew she’d give me first thing in the morning.
I did wind up passing a small clot before the bleeding stopped. But, by morning, the bleed was done and I still felt fine. Even so, the doctor ordered a repeat beta test to make sure my hormone levels and HCG levels were still in the appropriate ranges.
Waiting for the new numbers was stressful. I felt scared, apprehensive, and not at all as prepared for the results of this beta as I was for the one last week.
Back to my computer to await the email from my nurse.
And then there it was.
Just Friday my beta was 383.8! This is a big jump. It is an exciting development, accompanied by a huge sigh of relief.
I am still pregnant… very pregnant in deed… and proof that , while bleeding does indeed happen in IVF pregnancies, it doesn’t always mean disaster.