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May 24th, 2009, 01:10 PM
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I found out I was pregnant on April 27 (4 weeks 2 days). On Mother's Day (5 weeks), I started bleeding bright red. The next day I went to the ob-gyn for an ultrasound and an HCG quant. Found nothing in the uterus and my hcg at 5 weeks 1 day was 180. She said it was a chemical pregnancy and not to come back for 3 weeks...and that I should stop bleeding within 2 or 3 days since my lining was so thin and hcg so low at that point. This would be my 4th miscarriage and it was nothing like my other 3. There was no cramping and the flow wasn't very heavy at all. I kept telling myself they are all different. One week later I took another HPT (and was still beeding bright red) and it was very dark positive (the previous tests were lighter positive). I called another ob-gyn and got an appointment for Friday, May 22 at 3:30 (6 weeks 4 days).

Thursday night before my appointment I had lots of gastrointestinal issues, rectal pressure and nausea. I have a tilted uterus so I assumed the rectal pressure was because of that. Nausea is of course normal. And we had pizza for dinner and I thought that was why I was having the gastrointestinal crampiness/heartburn. I was a researching nut though. Even though it could all be explained, I still felt something was wrong. I kept coming back to ectopic pregnancy. I didn't have any of the main signs so I held off going in. At one point I was reading about the shoulder pain online at the exact moment I started getting shoulder pain. I still wondered if it was psychological, but it kept hurting. We decided to go on into the ER at 2am. Bloodwork showed my hcg up to 320 nearly 2 weeks after the 180...definitely not doubling. The ultrasound showed a 3in "mass" in my right tube and some free fluid (most likely blood). They sent me over to the ob-gyn I had an appointment with at 8am. By noon I was being prepped for surgery. While I was being prepped, the ectopic ruptured and my stomach ballooned to the size of a 6mo pregnant person from the bleeding. Once my ob got in, she found that the ectopic was behind the tube on the pelvic wall, not in the tube thank goodness. It had ruptured, but didn't injure any organs.

I didn't have any sharp pains on the side. In fact, other than gas, I didn't have any pain at all. Had I not been researching and noticed the shoulder pain and rectal pressure, I would have never gone in and may have died before my 3:30 appointment. While I'm so glad it's over, I am now moving back into the grief/loss phase. I had already experienced that when I was told I was miscarrying, but regained a little hope as I wasn't passing any clots and had no cramping. This baby was a complete surprise. We were not trying to get pregnant. In fact, this would have been the worst time for a pregnancy (we just brought our son home we adopted from Ethiopia 6 days before I tested positive), but we fell in love so fast and easily with this baby. I felt like it was a miracle child because it made it despite being on birth control. I'm just so sad my 1/10/10 baby will never be.
Many blessings,
Mama to 7 amazing blessings
ages 15, 13, 11, 8, 8, 4 & Kerrigan born 1-14-11
Our Family Blog: www.thecashcrew.blogspot.com

Kerrigan Elizabeth born on her duedate- 100% natural, hypnobabies, VBA2C

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May 26th, 2009, 10:45 PM
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I just went through losing an ectopic pregnancy (and losing my left tube in the process) and wanted to say that I am so sorry you lost your baby. It really is hard. I hope you are healing. Best wishes to you and congratulations on your newly adopted son.
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