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Can't shake my paranoia - 6 days post-fall (at 33 wks)

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CityDweller Sun 17-Feb-13 16:16:14

So, as I posted on here last week, I took a flying fall 6 days ago. Fell on my side and as far as I'm aware I didn't hit my abdomen at all. But I hit the ground pretty hard (and hurt other bits of me) and was quite shaken up. I didn't go and get baby checked out as it was moving around loads later that evening and in the days following.

I did, however, have an increase in vaginal discharge in the days after the fall (although nothing untoward looking and I've had periodic increases in vc before and I've also read an increase is normal around 33 wks). And, for the past 30 hrs or so, I have noticed baby moving a bit differently. Less 'strong' movements, slightly harder to feel, a bit more sporadic. But I'm still getting 10 movements within a day, etc. I did also had a period of a couple of days a few weeks ago of reduced/ more gentle movements and baby was fine then.

The logical part of my brain says baby has just shifted positions so I can't feel it as strongly and increased vc is totally normal. But, over the past 30 hours I've just had this growing sense of paranoia and worry that something is going wrong. I've not been a worrier at all through any of my pregnancy, if anything I've been quite cavalier, but I feel as if I'm suddenly wracked with paranoia and my baby is dying slowly inside me as a result of the fall. I know that probably sounds insane blush. I know the sensible thing is to go to the hospital, etc. But I can't do that until late tonight (I'm away without my own transportation and won't be back home until late tonight - and maybe that's why I'm paranoid as I'm away from home and can't easily get to my hospital) and going tomorrow would involve rescheduling a very busy day at work, which will just add to my stress levels.

So, I guess I'm looking for reassurance and for a sensible voice to tell me that I'm just compounding several normal pregnancy things (a fall, change in movement, increased vc) into something bad when in fact everything is fine.

SamSmalaidh Sun 17-Feb-13 16:20:25

Is there no hospital near where you are? Take a taxi? I would get any change in movements checked out as a matter of urgency tbh.

Wolfiefan Sun 17-Feb-13 16:22:45

I think you are right that everything is fine. Still worth getting checked for peace of mind. I fell on my bump straight onto concrete. Bump is now 3 yo dd on my lap.
Pg is weird. Babies do odd things. Still best to share any concerns and be told they are unfounded.
Hope for good news soon. smile

StarsAboveYou Sun 17-Feb-13 16:23:53

I would call your local Maternity Assessemny centre and go and get checked out. If you have any concerns about movement they would rather see you than have you worried or find out later that there was a problem.

I also had a fall while pregnant and felt silly for calling them about it since I didn't think I had actually hurt my bump but they were very sympathetic and said it is always best to be on the safe side.

All was fine and hearing my baby's heartbeat put my mind at rest.

Good luck and fingers crossed OP.

CityDweller Sun 17-Feb-13 16:36:00

Thanks everyone! I really can't get to hospital where I am (in middle of nowhere countryside, don't know area, we got lift here with friends and we're all heading home in an hour or so). Or rather, I don't think I can justify the massive hassle it would cause everyone else just for my most likely totally unfounded pregnancy paranoia.

And, of course almost as soon as I made my post above, baby has been squirming around a bit. But, for some reason the movements aren't reassuring me and I still think that it's all going wrong, just really really gradually...

Surely I can't go to my own hospital tonight and say 'I'm irrationally paranoid that something is wrong even though I've felt baby moving and have counted requisite number of kicks over today' - can I? They'll think I'm crazy (which is what I'm beginning to think myself)

Oh lordy. I'm gaining a new appreciation/ admiration for women that have to put up with this sort of worry/ self-doubt throughout their pregnancy...

SamSmalaidh Sun 17-Feb-13 16:38:57

They won't think you're crazy at all - they would rather reassure you that everything is fine than you not come in and there be an issue which isn't caught.

sundaesundae Sun 17-Feb-13 16:41:24

Call them for a chat and ask for advice? They may suggest going in for monitoring and you can then go straight there when you are back home?

ExpatAl Sun 17-Feb-13 16:42:37

Just go to the hospital tonight and put your mind at rest. If you feel something is going wrong you should check it out anyway. I'm sure that they won't mind at all if you tell them you had a big fall and are worried.

CityDweller Sun 17-Feb-13 16:48:10

Ok, yes, you're all right - I should go in tonight or at least talk to someone other than my own head and my poor husband (and that's what dh thinks we should do too, only because he thinks that at this point it's the only way I'm going to stop worrying and he's probably right). I'll plan on calling them on the way home and, depending what they say, go in when we get there.

Thank you all! Meanwhile, if anyone has reassuring stories about everything being fine after falling over that might help keep me sane for the next three or four hours...

MrsSpencerReid Sun 17-Feb-13 16:48:33

Ring them, I had a totally different situation (no fall) but I was worried about moments and it was def the right think to do to get checked out, they never made me feel silly or that I shouldn't be there and I arrived at midnight!! I'm also sure no one would feel put out if you needed a lift, I'd offer myself but I live in a city so can't imagine you're at all near me smile

MrsSpencerReid Sun 17-Feb-13 16:49:36

That may not have been a reassuring post, sorry, but as I didn't fall it doesn't count smile glad your going to call

booboomonster Sun 17-Feb-13 17:05:56

Ok, well, I fell around 28 weeks pg with Dd1, whilst I was crossing the road. Tripped and fell right on the bump. I had just left midwife appt so went back and they checked heartbeat which was fine. I had a small cut on the bump which left a scar. DD now 5 yo and absolutely fine! I also fell off my bike with DD2 (skidded on ice) she's fine too. Being a bit less clumsy this time blush. So far, anyway...
I'm sure all will be well - babies do start do move differently towards end of pregnancy - but call your hospital / midwife when you get home and see what they say. Good luck!

noblegiraffe Sun 17-Feb-13 21:34:03

Glad you have decided to go in, am sure it will all be fine.

On the subject of movements though, you should get checked out if there's any reduction in what is normal for your baby, 10 movements a day would have been worrying for my DD who usually did 10 movements by 9am.

ExpatAl Mon 18-Feb-13 10:21:12

OP, would really really love an update. Hope all is well.

CityDweller Mon 18-Feb-13 21:10:34

Thanks for checking in! By the time I got home last night, baby was moving according to its 'usual' pattern, so I didn't go to hospital. Today it's been totally fine/ normal too and I think I'm finally getting over my paranoia that 'it's all going wrong'. I'll be straight down to the hospital should I have any decreased movements from now, though.

Thanks again everyone for advice, etc!

MrsSpencerReid Mon 18-Feb-13 22:22:50

Glad baby has got its wiggle on grin please ring even if you're just a tiny bit worried, it's never silly, hope the rest of your pregnancy is boring and uneventful smile

ExpatAl Tue 19-Feb-13 08:56:31

Great news!

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