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I read all the posts here on this board prior to having mine and they were all so helpful, so I thought I would share my experience.
Quick background, on Tues, 2/27 I went for my 1st prenatal appoitment at where I thought I was about 10 1/2 weeks. This was my second pregnancy so I knew what to expect. The dr did a u/s first thing to see where things were and he found there was no heart beat. The size of the fetus was so small so he's guessing it stopped developing around 6 maybe 7 weeks. So he suggested the D&C to be done that week.
I went home and went right to bed. I was devestated. The next day I woke up still crying. I still felt pregnant and my body was still producing the hormones so it make it harder to deal with. I got myself together enough to go to work. I talked to a co-worker who had gone through several miscarriages, so she made me feel better. By the end of the day Wed I was scheduled for the D&C on Friday. But then on Thurs they had to reschedule me to Monday. That was hard.
By Thursday, I was over the griving part and ready to move on. I totally accepted the fact that things happen for a reason and this time it wasn't meant to be. I have a healthy 3 year old already, so I knew I was able to have a baby, just not this time. I was feeling thankful that things happened the when they did and not when I was futher along.
So Monday came, I was scheduled to go in at 12:30pm. I was very nervous because they were putting me to sleep. I had a C-Section with my daughter, so it wasn't my first OR experience, but this was different. DH got to stay with me while I was in the prep room and it was probably around 2:15 when I went into the OR. I remember going in there and being asked a few questions. The anastesioligist (sp??) gave me something to settle my stomach and then something that made me feel really woosy. The last thing I remember was moving myself from the bed to the table and then I woke up in recovery.
I barely had any cramping, but I had to go to the bathroom. I held that as long as I could and then asked the nurse if it was okay to go. By this time I was in the prep room where I started and DH was there waiting for me. He had my clothes so I got my underwear on and walked to the bathroom. I was a little out of it but not bad at all. I was nervous to see how much blood there was, and it wasn't bad at all. I wouldn't even compare it to a heavy period day. I left the hospital around 4pm and took a nap. I felt a lot better after I woke up, but I still went to bed around 9 that night.
Today I feel a lot better. Barely any cramping and the bleeding is barely there. I stocked up on heavy overnight pads, but I really don't need them. I did stay home from work to take it easy today. I'm hoping that my recovery continues to be this good. I go back to the dr's in a week.
I just wanted to say sorry for your loss. I too, on January 10th went in for our first u/s at 9weeks only to find no heartbeat - we had a d&c done a few hours later. I didn't cramp or bleed much - hardly at all. I wanted to tell you that there is a rainbow at the end because I am now currently 8w5d - and saw a heartbeat yesterday. I have a healthy 19month at home but only after losing a pg at 24weeks. Life works in strange ways. Good luck!
DD - 19 months
#2 - Due November 7th, 2007