Blog: Sleepover at Bethesda

by Kelly Mills on August 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

It’s no secret this pregnancy hasn’t been easy. My latest nerve-wrecking incident came last Wednesday, just two days after I was taken off bed rest.

I was at work and started feeling stomach cramps. I waited about an hour and then called my OB/GYN’s office to see what I should do. They said I should go to Bethesda to the OB floor and get checked out, especially since I still have my subchorionic hemorrhage.

I went to the OB floor and they hooked me up to some fetal monitors. Everything looked fine, but I was still having the pains. Dr. Aepli decided to put me on an IV of Lactated Ringers. Lactated Ringers is a solution that helps give you nutrients and keep you hydrated. Dr. Aepli believes I may have been dehydrated. He says sometimes when you get dehydrated it can cause irritation in the uterus, which could have been the cause of cramps.

I also learned through blood work that day that I am anemic. Anemia is a condition caused when the body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells help to transport oxygen to your organs. I quickly learned from Dr. Aepli that there are several different types of anemia. There’s anemia that’s caused when you’re deficient in something such as: iron, folic acid or B-12. I however have a type of anemia caused by the pregnancy itself. My anemia is caused by hemodiltution. Hemodilution is happening because the pregnancy is requiring me to pump more blood so my vascular system is getting dilated, therefore my red blood cells are also getting dilated. There’s nothing I can really do about this type of anemia. Only in severe cases does it cause a problem with the baby and right now there’s nothing to worry about.

I stayed overnight at the hospital. Not because these new issues posed a particular risk, but mainly because my subchorionic hemorrhage ups the ante when I have any type of problem. I’m feeling great now and am not having any issues (knock on wood). I’m just trying to rest more and get plenty of fluids. Speaking of rest, this Friday at 6 p.m. I’ll have more on why it’s so hard for pregnant women to get a good night’s sleep!