If you don't know, I have Factor VII blood disorder. It's ridiculously rare and I've had to tell a few doctors what it is, which is funny because sometimes I am not even sure what it is! I didn't know I had it until I was diagnosed with it last fall. But now that I do know I have it, it makes complete and total sense with a lot of things that have happened in my life. Basically, I bleed faster and at a greater quantity than the average person.
All of this pregnancy I have had issues with bleeding. It has caused a lot of stress and a lot of tears, especially at the beginning when miscarriage is such a big possibility. In the beginning I had partial placenta previa, which is where the placenta covers your cervix and that can cause bleeding (and a host of other issues). Normally where others would maybe spot, or bleed a little, I bleed a lot. A scary amount. I ended up in the ER about 6 times before I ever hit 20 weeks. It was insane. Luckily, at 18 weeks the placenta previa fixed itself. But I have continued to have bleeding episodes regardless, usually every three weeks there is some type of bleeding.
Because of the risks associated with bleeding during pregnancy and because I have Factor VII, I always have to go into Labor & Delivery no matter what -- even if I'm not worried.
This past Sunday was just such a day. As you read from this weeks bumpdate I have been having pretty crazy contractions since Friday and just generally being in pain and having discomfort. Sunday I made the decision to go to church. Baaaaad idea. I totally wore myself out and was having crazy contractions that really friggin' hurt! Then I got up to go to the bathroom and there was blood.
I could NOT catch a break this weekend!
Into labor and delivery we went. I wasn't crazy worried because this had happened before: unexplained bleeding due to Factor VII disorder. It gets a little annoying but I'd rather it be nothing really than something serious. Plus, I get to hear his beautiful heartbeat for a few hours and I get to see him on the ultrasound, so it all evens out. (Except for I ALWAYS have to have a cervical exam when I come in for bleeding and that part I could do without...)
|Yeah, little dude has dropped if ya can't tell! ha!|
It's just another obstacle that Factor VII brings into this pregnancy.
But I am SO insanely blessed that my diagnosis isn't severe. It's bad, but it's manageable and I don't have to have shots every few weeks and I can still be active without worrying about severe bleeding. When I think about how bad it could be I am grateful for my little nook of semi-safety as far as this disorder goes.
Still a big pain though :)