The OB Appointment from Hell

I’m trying to figure out which part of today’s appointment was the worst, and I really can’t come up with one. The entire thing was dreadful. The point of today’s visit was to check on the clot. Unfortunately, it was still there and hadn’t shrunk. And, it’s in the amniotic sack with the baby. To me, that sounds bad. It’s just too bad I couldn’t get any answers.

My appointment today was with the nurse practitioner. I was concerned about that when I first found out yesterday, but I’ve had such a good experience with the NP at my primary care doctor’s office, that I went into the appointment with an open mind. When she came in, she told us again that the clot is in the sack, and I asked if that presents a danger to the baby. She said, “I don’t know.” I said, surely it can’t be good if it ruptures in there with the baby. Again, she said, “I don’t know.” She didn’t offer to go ask one of the doctors (which is what my PCP’s NP does if she doesn’t know the answer to a question). Another question I didn’t ask for obvious reasons is, is there a risk of the baby rupturing the clot?

Oh, and did I mention that the placenta previa hasn’t corrected itself as we were told two weeks ago? The sonographer said today, “Boy, I don’t know how I got 6 as a measurement then because today it’s 2.4.” Apparently, the measurement needs to be at a 4 before it’s in the normal zone. Hoo-frickin-ray.

Then, she said my doctor was referring me to a perinatologist. She said if I could get in within a couple days she wants me to remain on bed rest until that appointment, but if it was going to be several weeks then I could go back to work. Are we the only people to whom that doesn’t make any sense?

She called me while we were on our way home and left a message saying that she had spoken with my doctor who said I am to remain on bed rest and that she made my appointment for July 8. That happens to be the date of my follow up OB appointment. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to check with your own schedule before scheduling an appointment with another office?

Needless to say, neither of us are very happy right now. We’ve left a few messages for my doctor, but since after 5 p.m., I doubt we’ll get a call back today. I would like to be able to go back to work as long as I take it easy and don’t do much walking. However, I know I will be scared to death each day thinking about the clot.

The only bright side to our visit was that we got another look at our little girl. She was napping and hardly moved at all, which kind of bummed me out. I love seeing her bouncing around! The sonographer said, “Oh, look! She’s kicking your bladder!” As if I couldn’t feel it. 🙂 Here are some pictures of Lucy at 16 weeks, 6 days.

16 week ultrasound 15

16 week ultrasound 2

Look! A little foot!

16 week ultrasound 7

I rescheduled my perinatologist appointment for July 6. Unfortunately, that’s the earliest they can get me in. I’m just so bummed out about these complications. It was hard enough for me to get pregnant, and now I can’t enjoy it because I have the clot to worry about. It just sucks, but I don’t know what to do to resolve it.

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Hi! I’m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. I’m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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  1. Lisanne says:

    Oh gosh. I’m SO sorry. I hope that everything will be OK. So have you felt any baby movements yet? Kicking? Those are wonderful ultrasound pictures.

  2. Sara says:

    I’m sorry that you are going through this Cady. *HUGS* Love the photos!

  3. Joy says:


    Keep strong!

  4. Ashley says:

    I’m sorry honey!! You are in my prayers!! ((HUGS))

  5. Ladygrace says:

    OMG!!! I hate useless people like that. I have accually gotten so angry at a person who kept saying “I dont know” That I snapped and just told her to go and ask someone who does know. I dont mind if a person doesnt know the answer, but if it was me in any situation (let alone a prgnancy!!!) I would always go and check with someone who knows the answer. I cant inmagine the stress of not knowing what can happen. You should go check some online forums they can be very helpful…

  6. Stacy C says:

    Have I mentioned that my best friend has a baby girl, well a toddler now that she also had a serious blood clot. It did get smaller as the pregnancy went on but never completely went away. Her baby girl is perfect! That is my wish for you….
    Welcome to motherhood Cady, you never stop worring. The worries just keep changing!


  7. jenn says:

    I hope the Dr. calls back and you can get some real answers. Next time, don’t leave the office until you feel comfortable and know the answers to all of your questions!

  8. Carol says:

    I can’t imagine how frustrated you must be not having any real info or answers 🙁 Hopefully the OB will call today and let you know what all this means!

  9. Erin says:

    wow, that sounds miserable. at least you got to see that little one. im sure youll get the answers you want on july 6th!

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