Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Once, twice, three times a (pregnant) lady...

I have just done yet another pregnancy test (my fourth) and yep, still pregnant. I went out at lunchtime to buy the tests and I went to the Central Library, my most favourite building in Bristol, and did the test there.

I also looked in lots of books to reassure myself that the relative lack of symptoms I'm experiencing is nothing to worry about. I discovered that this time next week, I will be out of the realms of possible ectopic pregnancy, and my risk of miscarriage will be 15%. That's 85% likely that my pregnancy will be a goer - hooray! Pretty good odds.

Throughout my fibroid investigations, the most useful thing I've done is to have contacted other women in the same situation through Yahoo groups. I've had the sweetest emails and the most sympathetic and helpful responses.

Today I got this email from a lovely American woman called Erin:

It IS VERY SCARY... but, but, but, try not to stress out too much or worry.
You can totally do this. I have to say that my fibroids (6 of them) are all
really big (the smallest is 7cm, the largest 14cm), and I gave birth 19 days
ago to a very healthy, perfect baby girl!

My pregnancy itself was characterized by fear. Fear in the beginning of a
miscarriage, fear midway of giving birth way too prematurely, then fear
towards the end of complications of giving birth. Although I did enjoy the
pregnancy, I realize now, I should not have spent so much time worrying.

Please do keep in touch, as I know it feels VERY LONELY and scary to be
going through this.

I have a positive feeling for you though.

Best of luck!

Isn't that just such a sweet email? It really helped me when I was feeling so down. Plus it made me realise that other people have bigger problems (and bigger fibroids) than I do, and they are still fine.

Here's another from a woman called Samantha:

I made it through pregnancy with large fibroids, both interior and exterior to the uterus. The real issues are conception (well, implantation) and your comfort. YOu made it past the big hurdle already. :)

Good luck, and if you ever need a sympathetic ear - I'm here. Congratulations!!!

In amongst the worrying, I'd sort of forgotten that I should be congratulated and excited, for god's sake! Which is sort of what Larisa is saying with this brilliant piece of advice:

Being pregnant is really wonderful time, so enjoy everything as much as you
can! Do not stress over things that you do not have control over... that
would be my biggest piece of advice.

That has really helped me to realise there is no point in worrying because what will be will be. I have to just try to take it as it comes, and have faith that the odds are overwhelmingly for a healthy, normal pregnancy.

I'm booking a dating scan for the week after my birthday, which will mean I'll be 8 weeks pregnant. Can't wait to see my little muffin on telly!
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