Alot of us pregos seem to spot or bleed here and there. And it may or may not be a cause for concern. But what is it like when you actually have a miscarriage? Maybe it will help us to differentiate between the two. Pain? cramping? no cramping? lots of blood? clots? how many days/weeks did it span? immediate loss of pregnancy symptoms? etc.
Also, anyone start to misscarry unknowingly and then start progesterone cream causing an incomplete miscarriage and need for d&c?
I'm convinced I had a blighted ovum, which is where the fetus never actually starts to develop. Nothing showed up on the ultrasound and the clots weren't that severe. There was one that was about the size of a mouse, which I believe was the start of a placenta.
Sorry to get so graphic, but it helped me to read the details. I read a lot of posts on here... there's a mc group I believe.
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I did have symptoms, though -- I stopped "feeling" pregnant -- no nausea, no extreme tiredness, no smell sensitivity. Although I probably only caught on to these symptoms b/c it wasn't my first pregnancy, and I knew what to look for.
My first one was at 6w2d. It started with bleeding at 5w5d that wouldn't stop. It was bright red, and wasn't terribly heavy.....but it just wouldn't let up. Finally, at 6w2d, it all ended. I'd been continuing to temp (out of curiosity) and on this morning, my temp went below my coverline and I knew it was all over. I called in sick and lay on the couch all day with LOTS of bleeding and the worst cramps I've ever had (besides labor).
My other one was at 5w5d. I'd been having a some brownish spotting for a couple of days before, but didn't think much of it because there weren't any cramps. On the day it ended, I got some really horrible AF cramps (down low, central, and twisting) that wouldn't stop. Then, later that afternoon, I got a big gush of bleeding and that was it. I had a long AF-type bleed (for about a week and a half) after that.
When I get cramps now, I pay close attention to them. I do get some that are down low and central (cervix focused), but they're always fleeting - they only last a few minutes, and then either move somewhere else or stop altogether. Plus, they're never debilitating. The cramps I had during a m/c were horrible - doubled over, need a heating pad/ice pack sort of thing. VERY different to the normal, pg cramps.
Just for the record, the other m/c I've had was at 11w5d. The baby had died around 8-9 weeks and I didn't know it. We couldn't find the h/b, and I went in for an u/s. I had NO signs that there was something wrong - no cramps or bleeding. Even for a few days after we found out, there was nothing. In fact, I even continued to have mild pg signs - smell sensitivity, etc. My ms was never bad with that pg anyway, so the mildness of my post-m/c signs wasn't an alarm. I elected to have a d&c because we were going on vacation, and I didn't want to wake up one morning while we were away to a nasty surprise.
I did go to the emergency room on my midwife's advice later that evening (it was a weekend) to get a Rhogam shot because I'm RH- and we wanted to avoid any potential problems with future pregnancies. The hospital insisted on an U/S and found my uterus clear so no D&C was required. We never tested any tissue to try to determine the cause as this was my first m/c.
I'm glad I trusted my body. Exactly 29 days later AF returned and 3 months later I became pregnant again, this time with fabulous morning sickness. We're hoping this one sticks around.
Mistaking an early miscarriage for a late, heavy period is common, I think -- a very early m/c isn't as (physically) difficult, generally.
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