Some of you may remember that on Monday I posted an "I'm out" thread. Well I started red bleeding on Monday morning and went to the doctor. They did an ultrasound and told me that I was miscarrying and that I should take Cytotec to help complete the process. Well I took the meds Monday afternoon and waited for the process to complete but instead the bleeding stopped. I went back to the doc today and it turns out there were twins and I only lost one. The other looks fine. Now for the really bad part, Cytotec causes SEVERE birth defects! I go back to the doc in a week and have to decide if I want to terminate now, go through a battery of fetal tests that won't be complete until 16 weeks and make a decision as to terminate or not based on the test results, or just go with whatever happens. An early termination is the safest procedure for me so my husband and I are leaning heavily toward that. We already have 5 children one of which is special needs and we do not have the resources to support another special needs child, not to mention the lack of quality of life available to a child with the kind of birth defects caused by Cytotec. I'm pretty much just shocked by the whole thing and haven't begun to emotionally process. My doc looked mortified and seemed really upset that he had prescribed the Cytotec to me and that there was still a living embryo. He didn't even realize it caused birth defects until I asked him to look it up upon seeing a heartbeat. UGH!!!!
Don't let this happen to you!
Thanks for all the support ladies. It's very weird being pregnant and so unsure about the future. If you are interested more details about the situation can be found on the pregnancy and birth loss board http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1347990/dont-let-this-happen-to-you my last post on that thread is pretty long.
Babycatcher - I took a total of 800mcg over 4 hours at 5 weeks 4 days pregnant. I go to the doc again on Thursday (I'll be 7 weeks). My husband and I are still favoring termination and TTC in August. There is so much mixed information about the rate at which birth defects occur. Some of the published peer reviewed scientific papers I read showed an odds ratio of 95% for birth defects yet other people are telling me things like it's only a 1% chance.