Madly in love with my Husband Adam and proud Mama to our son Brodie James Basil & our rainbow, Ari Rupert. Here you will find me chasing happiness & surviving life after Baby loss.

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Mrs Carrick x

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Recurrent Miscarriage Clinic - Appointment #1

This week we had our first appointment at St Mary's Hospital in London. I got referred via my GP to the recurrent miscarriage clinic which the charity Tommy's supports. Before my appointment I had to complete a lengthy questionnaire all about my self and my pregnancy loss journey. This gave the doctors a chance to read my notes and my history before I arrived.

Upon arrival I was taken through to the ultrasound waiting room where I was called to have a 3D scan. They were looking at the shape of my uterus, and whether or not there were any abnormalities. Afterwards I was sent back out to the waiting room until I was called to see the doctor.

When we saw the doctor we went through all my history. What had happened in each pregnancy, what the post mortem results had shown and how each pregnancy had ended. She then explained what investigations she would like to carry out and briefly explained what would happen in my next pregnancy.

The ultrasound didn't give a clear enough picture so I am going into theatre to have a hysteroscopy. This absolutely terrifies me but I will do anything to prevent losing another baby. Whilst I'm in theatre they will check my uterus for scarring from the previous miscarriages, any abnormalities and the length of my cervix. If there are any issues they will sort them there and then.

Unfortunately there is a 4-6 month waiting list for this operation which means no trying for another baby anytime soon. At first I was disappointed but I have decided it will give me time to physically and mentally get myself better.

The doctor also wanted to re-do the blood clotting blood tests and do a few different ones so I had loads of blood tests which need to be repeated in 6 weeks time. Whilst there I completely forgot to mention that I have noticed I am bruising really, really easily. I am covered in bruises which I have no idea where they are coming from. My GP is doing a few basic blood test but at my next appointment I will make sure I mention it incase it is relevant to blood clotting problems!

She mentioned that in future pregnancies I will probably be given a type of blood thinner injection to help thin the blood and prevent any blood clots. They will repeat blood clotting tests when I'm pregnant to make sure nothing changes and alter my dose of injection if necessary.

They will also put in a Cervical stitch at 12 weeks to prevent my waters breaking and hopefully any pre-term labour contractions.

Any future pregnancies can be cared for by the antenatal team at St Mary's which means I will be looked after by some of the top specialist doctors. They were all so lovely and it has given me a bit of reassurance that in the future we will get our happy ever after.

We are back at the end of January to meet one of the top doctors who will have the results of my blood tests and will create a plan for my future pregnancy.  I already feel really looked after by the wonderful team at St Mary's.

I guess at the moment it is just want big waiting game but we are heading in the right direction.

If you have any questions please, please don't hesitate to get in contact. I am more than happy to speak about my experience!

Mrs Carrick xo

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