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Old 01-16-2013, 08:21 PM   #21
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oh no! thats terrible! i am awaiting to pass tissue, i'm 7 1/2 weeks. I so hope I dont need to go in. may i ask if you still felt sick or pregnant till you passed tissue? (and thats why they didnt catch it till 11 weeks?)
hope you are feeling better today and resting. many hugs
Where I live, ultrasounds are not routinely done until 20 weeks and the doppler is used to detect heartbeat after 12 weeks. At 11 weeks, there was no way to detect anything was wrong.

I did not feel especially pregnant past the 6 week mark, although my nipples were still very sensitive (I'm still nursing, and it was painful for the past 2 months, but now the pain is gone!), so I was always worried at the back of my mind. I had bloodwork done at almost 7 weeks and that looked good (HCG over 40,0000--btw this test is not routine either, but I specifically requested it be added to my blood req) so I felt comfortable telling family that I was pregnant at 8 week, but then I started to doubt myself because of lack of pregnancy symptoms. At my last appt (10 weeks), I asked if we could try to hear the heartbeat but my doctor said it was unreliable before 12 weeks, so we would wait until my next appt (14 weeks) and I decided not to tell anybody else until after that.

The spotting was my first real indication that something was wrong. My doctor said there was nothing he could do for me but if I wanted an u/s (which, of course, I did) my best bet would be to go to emergency. So I went and of course I wasn't an emergency case, so I waited 6+ hours to be seen, and I started to regret my decision to go, but I don't regret it anymore because without the information I learned in that 24 hours, I don't know how I would have handled the miscarriage. The initial assessment at ER suggested that I was still pregnant (uterus enlarged, cervix closed, and hardly any blood). But they drew blood and made me wait another 2 hours for the results, and these showed my HCG levels had dropped to 3000, which was suspicious enough that I was referred for an u/s the next day. I knew it was over at that point, although I hoped there had been a mistake. However, when the u/s tech said she had to switch to the vaginal method, I knew there was no mistake. After learning that the baby died at 7 weeks, I scheduled a d&c for the next day but was told to go to ER IMMEDIATELY if there was a change in the bleeding (at that time the ob/gyn said my cervix was closed and bleeding was minimal).

I experienced cramping on the drive home from my consultation and then I made a few phone calls and noted that I was starting to feel like I was in labour. I got up to pee and as I sat down on the toilet, tissue fell out, along with a gush of blood. I debated with myself whether to stay or go to ER because I honestly thought that I had passed the tissue and now I was just going to experience period-like bleeding. But after a few minutes, I decided it was better to be safe than sorry. I was using a cloth menstrual pad and decided to switch to something disposable before going in. I couldn't find disposable pads, so I placed a diaper in my underwear and we headed back to ER. I am SO GLAD I went when I did, because I was NOT prepared for the amount of blood and tissue that came out the next time I went to the bathroom. I would have stayed home longer if I had not been told to come in as soon as something changed with the bleeding. I had an earlier miscarriage at home at 6 weeks and it was nothing compared to this. I kept saying, "How can there be so much tissue for 7.5 weeks?" and no one gave me much of an answer, but I wonder if there was more tissue because my body continued on with the pregnancy for some time after the baby died.

Anyway, I do not know your situation, but I don't envy it. Although I wish I could have avoided the 8 hours spent in the ER waiting room on Monday, I am glad for the information it eventually revealed and I am very glad that I returned to ER when I did on Tuesday even though I thought for a few minutes that I might be able to avoid going. Good luck to you and I'm sorry!
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:29 AM   #24
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To everyone else who has replied, thank you for your thoughts. I'm feeling kind of numb right now.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:14 AM   #25
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so sorry to hear that! best wishes to you
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:42 AM   #26
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So sorry to hear this!
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So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you
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