I forwarded your post to our group... and wanted to share their responses...
The Lord bless you,
--- In Godsbabycatchers@y..., "babemidwife" <babemidwife@y...> wrote:
Dear Precious mom,
I hestitate to give you medical advice, because I dont know you or
your health situation, but all I can do is tell you what happened to
I was pregnant for the 3rd time. At about 14 weeks, my husband and
I went on a little vacation. While away from home, I began having
incredible pains shooting through my abdomen, so much so that it
scared me and all I could think of was my baby. I was taken to the
hospital, and they waited around, checked me out, took my blood,
finally did an ultrasound. And then told me they didnt know what had
happened. (At the hospital, I wasnt hurting much anymore). It was
suggested that maybe I had had an ovarian cyst that popped.They said
to see my care provider at home. But they also said "are you sure you
are that far along?" I knew exactly. It was my only planned
pregnancy. We drove home and I called my nurse-midwife. We talked
and she ordered an ultrasound for me and hormone tests, etc. to make
sure what was happening. I didnt have any more pain but did begin to
pass some clots occasionally. My hormone tests were normal. They
wanted be really sure the baby had died before making any decisions.
Finally the ultrasound day came, and the technician just coldly said
it looked like about 8 weeks instead of where I was at now 15+
weeks. Then he called it a blighted ovum and left. Finally, we made
the decision to have a D&C because the miscarriage wasnt happening
like it was supposed to. That evening I went into the hospital I
would have been 16 weeks along. At that point, shortly before going
in, I was becoming sick, and was developing a fever. That is the
only reason, I know that decision was the right one. I had the D&C,
and went through a couple of weeks of serious grieving, until I
realized that I will see my baby in heaven someday and that
everything was alright. I think it sounds cruel of them to schedule
a D&C on your son's birthday. I would not go along with it, either.
An emergency is if you are ill from it, such as the fever or
hemorrhaging. Maybe this will pass normally, or maybe it will not.
But I feel for you and you will be in my prayers.
--- End forwarded message ---
Date: Tue Aug 27, 2002 1:40 pm
Subject: Re: [Godsbabycatchers] miscarriage
I grieve with you over this terribly difficult situation, and I sooooo hop ethat it will resolve itself naturally...however, having had several miscarriages of my own and also having cared for miscarrying women numerous times in my practice, I do have a few concerns to just share my thoughts with you about.
Wendy said: >>>An emergency is if you are ill from it, such as the fever
or hemorrhaging. Maybe this will pass normally, or maybe it will not.<<<
I have attended miscarriages as late as 19 weeks, and one thing I always keep an eye on when a pregnancy is retained after the babe's life has gone is Mom's clotting factors. DIC is a very real complication, though it does not occur often. It can be a simple thing to draw a blood sample and check clotting factors to be on guard for this while you wait.
I also have Moms take 20 drops of Echinacea tincture qid, and also 1,000mg vitamin C every few waking hours to guard against infection. Incidentally, this much C can trigger loose bowels, so if it does, just back the dosage off to 500mg at a time. Sometimes those loose bowels stir up some uterine cramping that works to your advantage as well.
I have, on occasion, used herbs to stimulate cramping/dilation when I was concerned about waiting any longer, such as if Mom has already been cramping and bleeding for a while without delivering her wee babe, or if her cervix feels particularly rigid and tightly closed. My favorite combination is 30 drops blue cohosh/15 drops black cohosh,/20 drops Angelica sinensis. I also like a homeopathic combo from NF Formulas called Matrigin, which contains (among other things) Pulsatilla and Arnica. I find these particularly helpful in keeping Mom calm and unafraid, and also with relieving the sharp pains and soreness that accompany an untimely labor. I have also used evening primrose oil rubbed topically onto the cervix if it is very rigid, and taken orally, one capsule twice a day until the delivery is completed.
I continue the echinacea and C for 5 days or so after a miscarriage, especially if I had to do anything much internally...I recall an instance of having to tease a 16 week placenta through a cervix that had previously had cryosurgery and thus had some rigid scarring impeding delivery. In such a case I like to cover a little aggressively for infection possibilities. Check Mom's temp at least twice a day, watch her pulse rate, check twice a day for abdominal tenderness, etc.
Tis is just generally how **I** have managed these types of situations. I would DEFINITELY NEVER suggest that a woman embark on this journey alone, but that you should have someone with you who feels confident handling your care...and have a plan in place for the possibilities of needing to seek hospital-based care if it becomes necessary.
I sure hope this helps...if not, or if I left any gaping/comfusing holes, please feel free to ask for clarification.