Edited by maymay251 - 9/21/12 at 8:27pm
So, yes, a strong kick like this and the physical violence may have hurt the baby. Please share this with your practitioner tomorrow so you can put your worries to rest. I know you're afraid that you'll get in trouble yourself but maybe you can tell the story without getting yourself in troublef? And, can you avoid your brother?
OP, it sounds like you are in a very difficult situation. I agree with the PPs and especially with the above. In addition to the options listed above, some of the following may be of help to you:
--An ER cannot refuse to treat you based on your age or your economic situation or your insurance situation.
If you need help getting to the ER:
--Call an ambulance; you can do this even if it the event was several hours ago.
--Call the police; they can assist you and arrange transportation to the hospital.
--Call the hospital and/or your doctor and see if there is a taxi voucher program through the hospital; if there is, you may be able to take a taxi to the hospital.
--Call a local women's hotline or domestic violence hotline; they may know of resources that can provide rides in emergency situations. They can also assist if you need a safe place to stay over the coming days any weeks.
--Call back the friends you called earlier and ask again if they will take you.
One more thing to add: A person who would knowingly kick a pregnant woman in the stomach is also a person who would shake a baby or potentially harm an infant in other ways. I would strongly consider reaching out to an abuse hotline to discuss your options, especially if your brother is going to continue being part of your life. Under the circumstances, I would cut off all contact for your own and your child's welfare, but I don't know if that's an option.
You need to deal with the fact that this is not a one-time assault, but that you have a new and very vulnerable life coming into this environment in the near future. You need to take steps now to assess the danger. An abuse hotline like the ones posted above can give you some options.
If you need immediate help, you need to call someone in your area. You are free to post here as much as you want, but the kind of help that can be offered over the internet is probably not what you need at this point. Please, if you need medical help or police help, you need to call them.
Seriously, if you aren't telling them about your brother hitting you, you're being risky with not only your baby's life but your own as well. What if the blow damaged your placenta, and you are slowly bleeding out? It's a possibility, iirc. At any rate, you cannot assume everything is fine and let it all go. If you don't care enough to have them do a thorough check on the baby, at least you care enough about yourself to make sure YOU are okay, right? This whole thread is preposterous. PLEASE TELL SOMEONE WHAT HAPPENED. Good grief.
no i didn't need to call anybody just wanted to know about dilation and cervix but now i don't. all i want to know right now is if i should call the doctor because i been having contractions. they were 5mins apart but now they are gone and i d on't know what to do. that's all i want this time
Yes, you should call the doctor if you contractions are 5 minutes apart. It is unusual for them to 5 minutes apart and then stop.
Please report your brother to the police, and keep your precious baby far away from him.
Again, wonderful news!