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Playing the waiting game …

I haven’t written in ages but basically will sum up the last few weeks in a few lines …

Played the waiting game for the second red robot after coming off the pill which never came, did a pregnancy test which was positive, didn’t believe it so went for blood tests, got call from doctor to say I was pregnant and 4 hours later had a miscarriage (the doctor says it was a blighted ovum – more details to follow). So now for the first time in my life I am actually wishing the red robot would make an appearance so that we can start the baby making process again.

How am I doing you probably asking … well I am a ball of emotions which I am blaming on my hormones which don’t know if they are coming or going? I am not too upset about the miscarriage because a. it didn’t have time to sink in, b. if it’s not a viable pregnancy then your body will naturally sort it out in the form of a miscarriage and c. it supposedly happens to 1 in 4 women on their first pregnancy so I am just part of a very common occurrence.

So I have done some research into a blighted ovum miscarriage for anyone who is interested in what it actually is.

A blighted ovum is an early pregnancy failure that happens when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus but the resulting embryo either stops developing very early or doesn’t form at all. So basically your body starts to secret the hCG hormone (human Chorionic Gonadotropin aka. the pregnancy hormone) because the placenta begins to develop and therefore you start getting early pregnancy symptoms. The pregnancy test shows up positive however the embryo actually doesn’t develop usually due to chromosomal abnormalities caused by abnormal cell division or poor sperm or egg quality. The blighted ovum results in either bleeding (early miscarriage) or when an ultrasound test is done an empty gestational sac is seen. A women’s body is programmed to recognize abnormal chromosomes in the foetus and naturally does not try to continue the pregnancy because the foetus will not develop into a healthy baby. Early pregnancy failures seems to happen quite frequently with most women especially with their first pregnancy, not even realising they were pregnant before they start bleeding and mistake the miscarriage for a period.

I hope you found this post interesting and maybe have learnt something you didn’t know … hopefully in a few weeks I have some positive news … at least one things for sure … I know we are both fertile and I can fall pregnant.