Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I realize this is TMI...(Updated) it's perfectly ok if you skip this post altogether. But...

I apparently have a hemorrhoid. Apparently common during pregnancy, especially if you sit for long periods of time (9 1/2 hour trip to Kansas and back?). Also common if you suffer from constipation. However, what is not common is rectal (hate that word) bleeding from one. So the bleeding that started at noon today and has not yet stopped six hours later is not a normal side effect of a hemorrhoid. But, of course I waited six hours to look it up instead of looking it up immediately and having time to call my doctor. Now I have to wait until tomorrow to call her. And, of course, now I'm in pain AND nervous, as opposed to just being in pain.

Note: I am sure it is rectal bleeding, which is I why I waited so long. I didn't think it was that big a deal. Apparently though, any bleeding, rectal or otherwise, is during pregnancy. 14 hours is a long time to wait....

UPDATE: Called the doctor today. It took them 2 hours to call me back, which made me think it wasn't that serious anyway. And it wasn't. The nurse said that since I didn't feel any pain before the bleeding started, I probably just tore something (lovely, right?) and to let Dr. P know next week if it happens again. If Cate's kicks were anything to go by, it certainly didn't seem to bother her one bit!


  1. I'm so sorry you're worried ! If it is definitely coming from the hemmorhoid then I would think it wasn't too serious...if it was blood coming from your colon out your rectum then I would understand it being serious...if you're worried go over to the ER!! Hang in there

  2. Oh Julie! I'm so sorry! Is there an emergency nurse line you can call? Praying for the night to pass quickly...

  3. oh man, I hope you get some relief tonight somehow and are able to get to the dr tomorrow. So sorry :(

  4. This sucks Julie. Are you in any pain, or is it just a nuisance? a scary nuisance, for sure. I would be on the phone with a night nurse for sure. Sometimes you can even call the ER and talk with the on-call DR or nurse. it sucks to have to be worried and have to wait.

    I'll be thinking about you.

  5. well I'll tell you that I had a lot of them and I still do, because they never went away after my pregnancy (I never had one of them before my PG)

    I hope that it's all ok, I was never told that them bleeding was an issue to be honest and they did from time to time over the course of my PG. I am just hoping that you are ok.


  6. Hope that you get some encouraging news today.