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<p>So, I'm at 9 weeks and things are not looking good. I've had a d&c before, but it was 3 years ago and I don't remember anything about it.  I'm trying to arrange a few things.  Can anyone tell me:</p>
<p>-how long does the procedure take start to finish?</p>
<p>-how soon afterwards are you functional and able to work or take care of kids?</p>
<p>-how much physical pain is involved, during and after the procedure?</p>
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<p>Anything else I should know?</p>
<p>I hate that this is happening.</p>
 

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<p>I've never had a D&C, but I'm sure you'll get your answers here. I just wanted to say how very sorry I am for your loss. <span><img alt="hug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>NicaG:  I'm so sorry for your loss<span><img alt="hug2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>I had a D&C at 14 wks after finding out my baby passed at 9 wks.  If I were you, I would plan on being completely out of commission for 1 full day.  I was admitted to the outpatient surgery center at the hospital at around 9:30am and was back home by around 3:30pm, but I was really worthless to my family for the rest of that day due to the effect of painkillers and fatigue from the anesthesia</span>.  There wasn't too much pain following the procedure, but I did have some cramping that prompted me to take the pills that were prescribed for pain 2-3 times over the next 1-2 days.  I was pretty much fully functional by two days after the surgery.  I had heavy bleeding, including passing a lot of clots, for about 2-3 days after and then it tapered way off.  I had light bleeding or spotting for about 10 more days, for a total of about 2 weeks of bleeding. I wasn't working out of the home at the time, but if I were, I would probably have gone back to work after 2-3 days after the heavy bleeding stopped.</p>
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<p>Good luck, mama.  You'll be in my thoughts.</p>
 

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<p>Hi mama. Sorry you are here and having to ask these questions.</p>
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<p>I had a D&E at 11w6d due to a missed miscarriage. I got to the Outpatient Center at 12:30 PM, surgery started at 2:30 PM and I was discharged at 6:30 PM. The rest of that evening I was pretty out of it from the pain meds and recovering from the anesthesia. I had very little spotting for the next 7-10 days. Pain was manageable and I went back to work the following Monday. Surgery was on a Thursday. I did leave early that first day back but that was because I didn't stay on top of taking the ibuprofen and I had some cramping/aching that afternoon.</p>
 

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Thnks so much for your responses, and for your kind words. No one knows about this pregnancy except dh, and I feel so alone with no one to talk to. Trying to be strong, going a little crazy from waiting, just want all of this to be over. My heart goes out to everyone else here.
 

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<p>I am so sorry for your loss.  I have sadly had 4 d and c's...even after trying to miscarry naturally at home.  I will say that physically I felt normal that same night (except groggy/out of it because of the anastesia).  I barely spotted for about a week or so.  I dont' even think I needed ibuprofen or anything.  I am a SAHM now, but I was working during my first one and I think I went back the next day or maybe even the day after.  </p>
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<p>I hope your procedure goes well and that you recover quickly.  </p>
 

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<p>I am sorry for what you are going through.</p>
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<p>I just had a d&c one week ago at 12weeks after a mmc at 9w5d.  I arrived at the hospital at 10a and was sent home shortly after 1p.  I had virtually no physical discomfort following the procedure and extremely minimal spotting/staining. </p>
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<p>The emotional difficulty has been the worst.  The procedure was really not a big deal and I was actually happy to have some closure so I could move on to the next stage of mourning/coping.</p>
 

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<p>(((((((hugs))))))))))</p>
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<p>I had one d&c, for molar pregnancy.  It was an outpatient procedure, but basically I was at the hospital all day.  There was an emergency that bumped me back on the schedule, so many hours of that was me waiting.  I had no pain during the procedure--I was so nauseated that they just decided to knock me out and put a tube down my throat, hoping to avoid the possibility of me vomiting and aspirating.  When I woke up, they gave me some pretty heavy painkillers.  I didn't have a lot of pain at all until later--when I got home there was a lot of cramping and that went on for several weeks.</p>
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<p>I was functional the next day.  Didn't have a lot of choice, dh couldn't get off work.  But that was at the minimum-level of "functional".  Able to take care of basic needs for me and the kids, and spent the rest of the time lying down.  By the next week, I was pretty much back to normal.</p>
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<p>I did find that long-term, after the d&c my periods were awful.  The first few were close to hemorrhage and I was debating whether to go in to the ER (never did).  I started vitex/chasteberry and that made a notable difference, though it didn't fix everything.</p>
 

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<p>hi.. i had a d & e on friday.  i was around 7-8 weeks.  i elected to do the d & c because my first pregnancy was an ectopic, and it was a prolonged period of bleeding and agonizing.. i just wanted to get this overwith as quickly as possible, and not wait for it to happen. </p>
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<p>at any rate, it was physically not that horrible.  i'm still breastfeeding my dc, so i elected to not have anything other than anesthesia, and still the pain was very managable (though i did / am taking ibuprofin). </p>
<p>i was not overly sleepy that day, we did arrange for in laws to help with dc, which was great.  i was there with her but able to lie down etc.  and took care of her the next day with dh.</p>
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<p>thought we were at the hospital in total around 6 hours (pre-surgery, etc., recovery, discharge, etc.)  the procedure took less than an hour.</p>
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<p>i was functional that day & subsequently.  if your nerves can stand it, if you need to be alert, i'd recommend only the anesthesia, as i think the calming meds might make you more 'hungover.' </p>
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<p>emotionally, i'm still recovering, but it's so far easier than my first m/c. </p>
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<p>with pain in the procedure/afterwards immediately, i guess it depends upon your care provider.  mine used general anesthesia but not much of that, and i had requested nothing else/ a "light" dose, which they will give if you ask.  obviously i didn't feel anything, but was cramping upon awakening.  that went away enough to tolerate shortly afterwards. </p>
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<p>sorry for your loss :( </p>
 
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