Almost out of the first trimester! I think about every mom out there breaths some sort of sigh of relief when they finally reach the second trimester. Miscarriage risks drastically drop after the first 13 weeks, so although nothing is ever certain, much of the initial risk has passed. I am defiantly reassured that my babies both have strong heartbeats and that they will hopefully continue to grow and develop normally.
At 13 weeks, 4 days, on a Saturday after teaching a morning yoga class, I had a scare. I was washing my hands in the restroom at the studio after class and I felt a gush of fluid. At first, I thought maybe I peed myself (how horrifying but I’ve learned never to be above just about anything during pregnancy!), I hurried into a stall to check what was going on. It was some sort of clear fluid, maybe half an ounce in amount mixed with brown blood. Defiantly not urine. My stomach sank and I medially felt nauseous with worry for my babies.
I later called the afterhours line for my OB’s office and was asked to go to Labor and Delivery to be evaluated just to be safe since I was scheduled to move across county the very next day and they wanted to make sure everything was ok before I left. The first thing they did was check for heartbeats which thankfully they found on both babies. Then the midwife checked my cervix which was locked shut; another good sign. She did say that she could see evidence of this mystery fluid and blood. She looked at it under a microscope and determined that is was not amniotic fluid; another good sign. I was discharged feeling reassured but still a bit unsettled about the whole ordeal.
I’ve experienced almost daily light spotting with this pregnancy which is so scary even though some bleeding is considered normal. When I have asked for a possible explanation, they just said that everything is probably more vascular this time around and sensitive. As for the cramping that I experience, its about the same as in my first pregnancy but more worrisome just because its accompanied by the bleeding.
The one thing that helps to relieve the cramping is a somewhat advanced yoga pose; a variation of handstand prep. I place my hands on the ground a few feet from the wall behind me and then walk my feet up the wall until my legs and body form a right angle. Something about being upside down like this releases pressure in my pelvis and I feel all the cramping fade for the few breaths that I spend here. Don’t attempt this if it is not already part of your regular practice, pregnancy is not the time to learn this pose. However, if you are experiencing some cramping, you may be able to find relief from a similar pose that Spinning Babies recommends. Place the forearms on the ground in front of a couch while kneeling on the couch. It can be helpful to have your spouse or partner assist you for extra support and safety. Spinning Babies recommends spending 3 breaths here, letting the head hang freely between the biceps. Here’s a link to their page where they have very detailed instructions on doing this forward leaning inversion. http://spinningbabies.com/learn-more/techniques/the-fantastic-four/forward-leaning-inversion/