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I didn’t realise my miscarriage would almost cost me my life


Joanne standing at a snowy viewpoint at the top of a building, holding a drink and the wearing a green jumper

Joanne had suffered from a silent miscarriage (Picture: Joanne Kohonen)

Lifting myself off the toilet, I felt a sudden heavy and painful sensation in my head.

I screamed to my husband that I needed help and the last thing I remember clearly is him running up the stairs before I passed out. 

After that, it all comes back in dribs and drabs.

The paramedics checking my blood pressure and oxygen levels. Being rushed to the emergency ward. Hearing doctors, nurses and numerous other staff members buzzing around me, talking about ordering blood.

But one thing remains crystal clear to me: The thought I had as they desperately tried to transfuse me – I was bleeding to death.

This all started in February 2024 when I realised I’d missed a period. We’d been trying for another baby and it happened quickly – it was a very happy surprise.

And after waiting three days to take a test, we were delighted to see that it was positive. Welcoming a second child would complete our family.

The early days of my pregnancy were similar to what I’d had the first time around, with morning sickness. There was no reason to suspect that anything was wrong.

With my last pregnancy, I waited until the 12th week to get a scan, but this time I had an abdominal scan scheduled in February for a fibroid – a non-cancerous growth in my womb – which I was made aware of in my previous pregnancy and needed investigating.

Joanne was excited to welcome a second child into her family (Picture: Joanne Kohonen)

At the fibroid appointment, I told the doctor that I was around seven weeks pregnant, and they advised me to attend the Early Pregnancy Unit (EPU).

I was told by the doctor at the fibroid appointment that the fibroid was nothing to be concerned about but that it looked like my pregnancy may not be progressing as it should, as there appeared to be no heartbeat.

It was the worst possible outcome that I could have expected that day. I had attended the appointment by myself and I was inconsolable in the car afterwards.

I wasted no time and attended the EPU the following day where another doctor confirmed that my pregnancy was not appearing on the scan as it should at seven weeks.

I wasn’t given much information, even though I had asked questions, and I was utterly unclear about what was happening, just being told to wait for a further scan. 

However, they didn’t want to assume anything and told me to return in two weeks’ time to confirm the status of the pregnancy.

Joanne was told her pregnancy may not be progressing as it should (Picture: Joanne Kohonen)

The only thing that comforted me for the next fortnight was the thought that maybe it was too early for them to see anything. So I clung to the hope that things would be ok. 

Sadly though, when I returned to the EPU at nine weeks pregnant, there …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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