Last week I told you about the persistent spotting that was worrying me. It finally stopped just a few days short of reaching 15 weeks pregnant. The most logical explanation for the spotting I was experiencing is that during pregnancy, the blood flow increases to the cervix which can make it very sensitive and prone to bleeding. During my pap smear a few weeks ago, I started bleeding from the scraping done during the procedure. It is likely that this was the initial irritation to my cervix and it just took longer than expected to heal.
It was reassuring that the spotting was consistently brownish and not bright red; brown blood is a sign of older blood that has been exposed to oxygen which causes the color change from red. Bright red blood is typically fresh and much more concerning during pregnancy. Everything I read on the internet about spotting said to contact my healthcare provider immediately if the spotting is accompanied by cramping. I’m always crampy! What is normal and what is not?
Pregnancy can be so overwhelming, especially with the overabundance of information on the internet and the extra hormones coursing through the bloodstream. Try not read too much, call your doctor if you are concerned and always listen to your gut.
Other developments this week that were not so great was sciatic pain. I’ve had on and off troubles with my SI joints since college swimming, but its been very manageable the past few years. These twins are really flaring it up though. I feel a sharp pinching in the left SI joint, this periodically radiates down the outside of my left leg and through the top of my foot. The sharp radiating pain seems to happen more in the evenings when I step to the side. For some reason this side stepping movement seems to pinch something in the worst of ways.
Overall, it’s been a relatively uneventful week of pregnancy which is a good sign! I’m very relieved to have stopped spotting and hope that my undies continue to stay clean in the weeks ahead. The sciatica is defiantly not a positive, but I will just keep trucking forward week by week and try to cope with it as best as I can!