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My D&C Experience At 11 Weeks


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April 8th, 2009, 07:32 AM
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I read many of your posts prior to having my D&C so I knew what to expect, so I feel it's only right for me to share my experience. Thanks for listening...

It all started on 2-4-09. That's when my life officially changed forever. That is the day DH & I found out we were pregnant. We were so excited ~ we had only been trying for 1 month. We couldn't believe our luck. I went to the Dr on 2-13-09 & they confirmed I was indeed pregnant with my 1st child. I was about 5 weeks at that point & was given an EDD of 10-17-09. Overall my 1st month of pregnancy was pretty mild. I was tired, my boobs hurt, & I had a little morning sickness, but that was about it. My 2nd Dr's appt was on 3-13-09. I was about 9 weeks & I got to hear the baby's heartbeat via doppler. I was so happy, I thought that meant I was "out of the woods". On 3-25-09 I started to experience some stomach flu-like symptoms. I had diarrhea & severe stomach pains. I went to the Dr & they said everything was OK but they wanted to double-check the baby to make sure he was OK. They attempted to use the doppler to hear for a heartbeat ~ but couldn't find one. I was sent to go get an ultrasound. The ultrasound revealed a sac measuring about 7 1/2 weeks but no heartbeat. I was told it was normal to not hear a heartbeat via ultrasound that early & not to worry because everything was fine. They assumed my EDD was wrong & my other Dr had heard MY heartbeat & mistook it for the baby's at my last appt. I knew they were wrong ~ my Dr told me the baby's heartbeat was between 150-160 ~ too high to be mine, & I was positive about the date of my last period so I knew my EDD couldn't be that far off. Blood test were ordered to check my beta levels. They came back around 27,000 ~ the level they would expect at 7-8 weeks pregnant. I was again told everything was fine. I came back on 3-27-09 so they could check my beta levels again. They had dropped ~ now around 21,000. I was told I was probably miscarrying. Part of me couldn't believe it but part of me already knew it deep in my heart. They said the baby probably died about a week or so ago & started shrinking ~ that's why the sac looked so small on the ultrasounds. I wasn't cramping or bleeding at all so a D&C was suggested to me. I went to see a specialist that same day. He ordered a 2nd ultrasound to confirm which was performed on 3-30-09. The 2nd ultrsound confirmed what we all already knew ~ the baby was gone. I was scheduled for a D&C at the hospital early the next morning (3-31-09). I was advised to not eat or drink anything after midnight but was given no other preperations for my surgery. I arrived at the hospital around 6am. I was registered & taken up to surgery. DH & I were in our own little room for about an hour & a half. The nurses asked me a lot of questions & had me fill out a bunch of paperwork. They checked my pulse, blood pressure, temperature, etc. I changed into a hospital gown & awaited the anasteiologist. She came in & went over a few things with me. An IV fluid drip needle was inserted into my left hand (ouch! I still have the bruise). She then inserted the anastesia into my IV. I hugged & kissed DH & he was led out into the waiting room. I was rolled down the hall & into the surgery room where the specialist Dr I had seen previously was waiting. I remember them helping me roll onto another bed but very shortly after that I was asleep. That was around 7:30am. The next thing I remember I was waking up in recovery at around 9am. I layed there for a little while struggling to wake up completely. I was still in a bit of a daze. I was released from the hospital around 10am. DH took me home. I ate lunch, took a dose of the meds they had given me (a 7 day supply of antibiotics & 10 vicodin. I was also told to take Motrin if needed). After that I basically slept for the rest of the day. The next day I didn't feel too bad ~ a little crampy & pressure in my abdomin & of course I was bleeding. The next day however was horrible. I had very painful cramps ~ it hurt to sit, to stand, everything. I was passing golf ball size clots. After that horrible day everything seemed to settle out again ~ still a little crampy/painful & bleeding. I didn't return to work until 4-6-09. I'm still bleeding slightly as I write this but it is very lite & dark with little clotting. I'm not sure when DH & I will start trying again, but I don't think it will be anytime soon. This whole experience took a toll on me: mentally, physically, emotionally, & spiritually. It really made me question my decision to have a baby & if I am really ready for it. I'll be 27 next month & DH just turned 32 so I don't want to wait too much longer to have kids but I just really need to refocus on him & I & take a break from the whole pregnancy thing. We still want to have kids but I just don't know when that will happen. I don't know how I will feel next week, next month, or even next year, but at this moment right now ~ I think I'm going to put of trying again until sometime next year.

Well I think that's about all I've got to say, thanks again for listening.
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April 8th, 2009, 08:05 AM
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Mandi, Iam so sorry for your loss. What a rollercoaster you just came off. Breaks my heart that this was your first pregnancy and it ended this way, just not fair. I hope you and your husband will heal soon and look to a bright future.

I had my d&c 2 days after yours. I was 9w2d and we had an u/s at 7w2d and saw a perfect baby with a heart beat. On the follow up u/s on April 1st, the baby was confirmed dead with no heart beat and grew to 8w0d. I thought what a horrible joke to play on someone, could not believe this was happening. I had the d&c the next evening, nothing more to confirm.

Nobody knows for sure why these things happen and all I try to do is to find something positive to hold on too. You are so young and you should hold out ttc until you are emotionaly healed and ready to do so. We will be here for you, to vent and ask questions. Thats a good way to start the healing process. Again, Im so sorry you are here, but welcome you with open arms.
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April 8th, 2009, 10:57 AM
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Mandi, Iam so sorry for your loss. What a rollercoaster you just came off. Breaks my heart that this was your first pregnancy and it ended this way, just not fair. I hope you and your husband will heal soon and look to a bright future.

I had my d&c 2 days after yours. I was 9w2d and we had an u/s at 7w2d and saw a perfect baby with a heart beat. On the follow up u/s on April 1st, the baby was confirmed dead with no heart beat and grew to 8w0d. I thought what a horrible joke to play on someone, could not believe this was happening. I had the d&c the next evening, nothing more to confirm.

Nobody knows for sure why these things happen and all I try to do is to find something positive to hold on too. You are so young and you should hold out ttc until you are emotionaly healed and ready to do so. We will be here for you, to vent and ask questions. Thats a good way to start the healing process. Again, Im so sorry you are here, but welcome you with open arms.

Thank you. That really means a lot to me.
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