The biggest reason I started this blog wasn’t to educate people about what uterine inversions are. It’s one of those complications that you really want whomever is helping you deliver your baby to know how to address, but really something you don’t want to know could happen unless it actually does happen.
I loved my state of ignorance to all sorts of potential birth-complications. Unfortunately, after having a freak-only-happens-once-in-a-while type complications, I got to learn about so much more. I also learned how crappy the information available to me was. That aspect was tough for me, I like researching, reading, learning all I can about what I could be facing and there isn’t much out there for uterine inversions, nor is there much data for my doctors to rely on for me when I started asking questions.
My goal is to (hopefully) help others who’ve been through the same sort of experience by sharing my own journey of having an inversion and hopefully being able to have another baby successfully. When I went into surgery, I initially was told they would not be able to save my uterus. When I woke up, I was told they were able to save it and I should be able to have more children, but I still had my concerns. Afterall, I’d just seen the “baby house” outside of my body, I think I was right to have my doubts.
We followed doctors orders and waited 2 years before we started trying for another child. I got pregnant immediately in our first month of trying. Unfortunately, that was short-lived (about 4 or 5 days) before I started bleeding and cramping. I was told it was a “Chemical Pregnancy”, which is an extremely early loss. The “positive” pregnancy test lines were getting fainter and fainter instead of darker. Apparently, chemical pregnancies are super common, but most women only know about them if they are actively trying to conceive and testing early or watching the calendar closely to make sure their cycle is on track.
I was a bit frustrated. Going through a chemical pregnancy was hard – my hormones were all out of whack and I was hurting for about a week from the cramping. We didn’t really try during that next cycle, I was disappointed and worried that my uterus would somehow prevent an embryo from “sticking.”
Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long at all. The following cycle, I did manage to get pregnant again and, so far, it has stuck with me. I’m only 5 or 6 weeks along at this point, but that’s further than I made it last time. I also had a positive pregnancy test earlier too than I did last time, and the line was darker as I continued to test.
We are excited, but nervous. My husband and I went through a rough recovery after CJ was born. My joke is now, we know too much about general potential complications with me and/or with the baby. We are being cautiously optimistic this go-around. Aside from my boobs being sore, I haven’t had any other symptoms yet, so it is all a bit surreal at this point. My first doctor’s appt is in a couple of weeks, which will hopefully leave me with a few more details and feeling more secure that this is actually happening for us :).