#misCOURAGE story, 20/04/2017, by anonymous
In summer 2015 we decided that it was time to try for another baby. We had a beautiful 2 year old daughter and wanted her to grow up with a sibling.
We were delighted to get a positive pregnancy test early October 2015.
I felt something wasn't right as I was spotting. The GP sent me to the EPAU for an early scan. They said I was only 5 weeks so they couldn't see anything other than a sack and I was booked in to have another scan at 7 weeks.
I received a letter in the post that stated there was no foetal pole. About a week later I began bleeding much heavier and my gp confirmed I had miscarried.
By the end of November I had conceived again but this time it was over before it had started. I took a test in the morning and was bleeding by that evening.
I saw the gp the next day who informed me you have to lose 3 pregnancies before any investigations are carried out. We decided to wait a month before trying again.
By March 2016 I had another positive test. We went for an early scan which confirmed I was as expected 6 weeks pregnant with a healthy heartbeat. We booked another scan for 9 weeks just to check everything was going well.
On 16th march 2016, the day before my husbands 40th birthday our world fell apart as the sonographer confirmed the heartbeat had stopped at 7 weeks and I'd need intervention to start the miscarriage off.
Some blood tests were run a few weeks later and an appointment was made to see a consultant at the end of June 2016. My gp advised to try taking some aspirin to see if it would help - by this point we were prepared to try anything.
Early June I woke up one morning feeling horrendous. I knew my period was late but was reluctant to take a pregnancy test. I eventually took the test the day before my consultants appointment which came back +.
I scheduled an early scan for 9 weeks which confirmed everything was going well.
The 12 we scan also confirmed I was having a healthy pregnancy. At 20 weeks we found out we were having a little girl and on 23rd march 2017 our rainbow miracle arrived.
It felt like a day that was never going to happen but here we are, a family of 4. I'll never forget how I felt each of the days the bleeding started but I'm eternally grateful for my 2 beautiful daughters.
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