Life is good
My spotting had stopped completely over the weekend, and a pelvic exam yielded not a trace of blood. So the good doctor said I can resume my normal level of activity, a week ahead of schedule (though no sex or exercise for two more weeks). I can even go back to work--tomorrow, she said, but I'm thinking Wednesday, just to be safe. And I'm going to force myself to work shorter hours for the next couple of weeks, too. My big question: where the hell did all the blood come from? My doctor said it was most likely from the placenta burrowing into the uterine lining--it probably hit a blood vessel, hence the bleeding.
Other good stuff...I convinced the doctor to measure my cervix (shortening cervix can be a warning sign of incompetent cervix or preterm labor--after consulting with folks at The UU Sisterhood, I determined that if I wasn't going to be seeing a high-risk specialist, getting a cervical measurement would at least ease my mind). It was 3.6 cm, which is comfortably average, putting my mind at ease somewhat. And my doctor said that, given my risk profile, she'll be doing internal exams starting at 20 weeks to check for preterm labor--fun!
Also, blood tests say I am not immune to toxoplasmosis, so my husband still has to clean the litterbox--and he was right there in the room when she said that, so HA! And I don't have syphilis. Woohoo! (Not that I thought I did--I just thought it was kind of funny, the long list of STDs she rattled off that I'd tested negative for.)
So I'm feeling pretty good, at least for today. Maybe I'll even start thinking about baby gear. Thanks for all the support over the last painful week. (And don't worry, I will take it easy! I am not eager to have a repeat of this drama.)