Almost Over Before It Had Began

Throughout my first pregnancy I never had any doubt that it would all end well.  There may have been the tiniest of wobbles on the morning of our 12 week scan but, other than that, I was so confident everything would turn out as it should.  My husband was the worrier and panicked at every stage whilst I was the one to tell him he was being silly.

I didn’t realise at the time what a luxury that was.  I think a part of it was first time pregnancy naivety and being a little unaware of just how much could go wrong, and how often it does.

Last week I wrote about the day we discovered we were pregnant with our much longed for second baby.  Our little miracle.  We spent a week on cloud nine, but exactly a week after seeing those two pink lines we came crashing down to earth.

Morning sickness hadn’t really kicked in and I had been at work, in a wonderful mood with the knowledge of the secret we were keeping.  I’d had a lovely lesson with my Year 10’s and nipped to the toilet before the start of the next.  That’s when I saw what every pregnant woman dreads.  Bright, red blood.

In that moment every dream we had shattered.  My heart raced and my hands shook as I struggled to comprehend what was happening.  Surely, after everything we had been through to get to this point it couldn’t be over in a week.  It just couldn’t.

Luckily I had told my close friend at work I was pregnant and as soon as she saw me she knew something was wrong.  She organised for my class to be covered and sat with me as I tried to process what to do next.  I rang my fertility clinic to ask if they would scan me but they referred me to the local hospital.  As I was only 5 weeks it would be too early to see anything so they told me it was just a matter of waiting to see if the bleeding got worse.

So I went home to wait.  I sat in the school car park and rang my husband, one of the hardest phone calls I’ve ever had to make.  I didn’t need to say much, the words, “I’m bleeding” covered everything and we sat in silence, miles apart from each other, clutching onto our phones, hearts breaking.

The hospital wouldn’t see me without a referral and I had to go to the GP to get this, and then because the pregnancy was in such an early stage the earliest they would see me was in 12 days time.  The longest days of my life.  The bleeding stopped, apart from the occasional spotting, and the pregnancy symptoms started to grow a little stronger.

One thing I’ve learnt is that if you Google hard enough you will find every answer imaginable, some you want to hear, some you don’t.  As much as I hoped I was going to find the magical answer to whether our baby was going to be okay I knew the only thing we could do is wait.  And in the meantime you carry on as normal, life goes on, especially when you have a three year old to look after.

In those days we didn’t talk about the pregnancy, didn’t dare to hope that everything would be okay.  It was easier to push it to the back of our minds.

Hospital waiting rooms are never nice places to be, having spent hours sat in fertility clinic waiting rooms with couples who have hope and sadness in their eyes, an Early Pregnancy Unit has a very similar feel.  The couples who are sat there are there for a reason, and you can feel the fear and hope all around you.

EPU’s are often running late.  I completely understand the reason for this, if you are the one sat there hearing the news you have been dreading the last thing you want is to be rushed out of the room.  I was sat opposite a girl, she only looked young, possibly late teens.  My husband had dropped me off at the door and then gone to find a car parking spot so I was sat on my own, she was sat with her boyfriend who was playing on his phone.  We caught each others eye and smiled, both of us giving a nervous smile.

She was called in before me.  She came out after a few minutes and was directed to one of the small side rooms, she wasn’t clutching a tiny scan photo like the women who had left before.  I could hear her crying as we sat there.  I wanted to get up and go to her, put my arms around her, tell her that sometimes life is a bitch, my heart ached for her.  At the same time I was praying, please don’t let that be me.  Does that make me an awful person?  I felt terrible for even thinking it but I really wasn’t sure I could cope if we got bad news.

We were up next.  I lay on the bed and lifted my top.  I held my husbands hand tightly and turned my head towards the screen, a tiny kidney bean appeared, and a little white flickering light where our baby’s heart was beating.

The confidence that I had in my first pregnancy has been shattered this time round.  Every time I have been to the bathroom I have held my breath for fear of what I may see, I’ve wanted to wrap myself up in cotton wool to protect the precious baby I am carrying.  For the first trimester we were still cautious not to get too excited, just in case something went wrong.

As each day passes, and our little boy gets stronger and I feel him more, I can start to believe this is real.  Although until our son is safely in my arms I don’t think I’ll be able to relax or feel 100% confident.

Keep growing strong little man, we’re all waiting for you!

Our tiny bean at 6 weeks

Our tiny bean at 6 weeks




  1. January 18, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Oh lovely, I am so sorry that you had to go through this. But I am really glad everything was okay with your little man. I have sat in too many EPUs waiting to have a scan. The thought always makes me feel sick. We have received both good and bad news when there. But it is the bad news that sticks in the mind. I am so thrilled that you didn’t have to hear that. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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    • January 18, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Thanks lovely, as awful as it was I’d go through it all again for this little man. We’ve already nicknamed him Trouble as he seems to like worrying his Mummy and Daddy! xx
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  2. January 18, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Oh you poor thing. I know that epu only too well unfortunately. I’ve been sat there waiting for scans to see if everything had passed and seen women skipping out with excitement. I bled with Boo and she’s here so I’m sure you are fine.
    When I was having G, I waited in the side room before high fiving that lovely lady who works there.
    That one room is filled with equal amounts of happiness and sadness.
    Big hugs my love. You will have a happy ending xxx

    • January 18, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      The lady who works there is lovely, isn’t she? I could have hugged her. I bled with O but it was before I had a positive test so I assumed it was my period, but it turned out to be implantation. This time it seemed a little too late for that, which was why I was so worried. Longest almost two weeks of my life waiting for that scan! xx
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  3. January 18, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    It’s the worst feeling isn’t it. I went through this two weeks ago at 10 weeks pregnant. I’ve never been as relieved as I was in that epu. I’ve a long way to go but I’m trying not to worry too much. I’m so glad your scan brought you good news x

  4. Emma walters
    January 18, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    brings it all back to me nearly a year ago i was sat in the same position after bleeding the day after my 12 week scan. the highs and lows can be so intense. i never could relax after but took a day at a time and now i have my 3 month old baby girl here. sending good vibes your way for the months to come x

  5. Kelly
    January 18, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    I am so pleased that everything is okay for you and please try not to let the fear take over enjoying this time. I had IVF and bled at 5 and a half weeks but thankfully our hospital did an internal scan and we saw the flicker of the heart beat. Our now nearly 6 year olds middle name is after the male nurse who did the scan as the female nurse said if anyone can find a heartbeat Lewis will. I continued to spot until 20 weeks and due to the scare never relaxed and enjoyed my one and only pregnancy. Sending love to you xxx

  6. Notmyyearoff
    January 18, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Oh gosh Jo, that sounds so scary. So glad it was all fine in the end and hope you don’t have to go through a scare like that again x

  7. Alexandra | I'm Every Mum
    January 18, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    Oh Hun, my heart reading this. I miscarried twice and then bled all through my pregnancy with Eden, so lots of appointments like this. This brought it all flooding back and how much I was grateful for my horrendous hyperemesis gravidarum so I knew she was still growing strong. I hope this was just breakthrough bleeding and you don’t have any more. Keep growing strong little one.

  8. January 18, 2016 / 9:42 pm

    I remember each pregnancy, feeling worried as I went to the bathroom if I felt a bit damp, panicking that there might be blood. My fingers are tightly crossed for you that your little boy is in your arms as and when he should be x
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  9. January 18, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Oh lovely, what an awful thing to go through. I am so glad all was ok. I completely understand your worry though. I am a huge worrier in pregnancy, I can’t relax and switch off from it and I wish I could. I am never fully calm until they are in my arms. Sending you lots of love. x

  10. January 19, 2016 / 6:50 am

    Oh my how terrifying after everything you’ve been through to get to this point too. I am never confident in pregnancy as I don’t particularly trust life to be kind and always try and prepare myself for the worst. It is such a scary time. So glad your kidney bean is OK and hope he continues to be for the rest of your pregnancy! Xx

  11. January 20, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Oh this made me cry, I can’t imagine how scared you must of felt. I am so happy everything is ok. X
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  12. January 21, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Oh what an awful thing to go through, after you’ve been through so much already. I’m so pleased everything is going well for you, that little boy will be here before you know it! Such a beautifully written post lovely xx
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