Well, similarly Anna (and I didn't mention it because I didn't feel patronised as such) I went to the doctor and explained that 3 years before I'd had a miscarriage, after 3 years of trying, failing (and going slowly mad) I was pretty sure I'd got pregnant again only to suffer sudden bleeding that wasn't like normal bleeding. It was very similar to my previous miscarriage. Could she please confirm that this was in fact another miscarriage.
Yes, she said - without any examination but just on my say so - it seems likely you've miscarried. If the bleeding doesn't' stop in a week or two come back and we may need to do a D&C.
Off I went with my life, mourning, but doing nothing special, lifting freezers in and out and suffering more bleeding.. but that's ok, it's all got to work it's way out somehow.
Eventually after a couple of weeks more bleeding (way beyond the timescale of previous miscarriage) I went back and happened to see another GP in the practice. 'It's been 2 weeks', I said,' and I'm still bleeding just the same and I really haven't been feeling well, it's almost like I'm pregnant and getting morning sickness, this is very upsetting'.
The doctor looked at my notes, then asked quite shocked why I hadn't been sent for a scan before (which I couldn't answer). He said most likely the miscarriage was 'incomplete' and I'd need a D&C but to find out what was going on I was sent for an urgent internal ultrasound.
Which… as you may have guessed…. showed that I was STILL PREGNANT! To say I was shocked is an understatement. To say I was scared doesn't do it justice, I was still at massive risk of losing my long long awaited baby due to the big blood clot causing the bleeding. But I was also angry, because once the doctor confirmed I wasn't pregnant I had done inadvisable things like moving kitchen equipment, thereby putting my baby at massive risk.
Luckily she turns 4 in a few weeks, but still…..
Lots of doctors are very talented and very conscientious, but there are still those few who will always let the side down!