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I am currently waiting to miscarry. Have had a couple of u/s showing only gestation sac, no fetal pole, heartbeat,etc. What I'm wondering is(and not finding much on internet)is what causes the whole m/c process to start? Is it hormonal levels reaching a certain point? Is it some other physiological occurence? I've been through this 2 other times and did end up going through D&C. It just seems like my body holds onto the pregnancy. So I am curious as to what signals the body to let go?
 

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I have no idea what that answer is, but I wanted to send you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I am sure that some of the ladies here know better than I do and will have some answers for you. I do know that there have been herbs mentioned to get your body to a place of letting go, but I can't recall exactly which. Hopefully one of the more expert ladies over here will have some info for you.<br><br>
I am very sorry for your loss.<br>
-MQ
 

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Thanks MQ.<br>
Yes, if others read, I would be interested in the info about herbs.
 

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I don't know the answer either but <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">- I have been there.<br><br>
You can try an herbal remedy of the following (taken from Susun Weed's book "Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year"):<br><br>
20 drops each of Blue Cohosh tincture and Black Cohosh tincture with (optional) 20 drops of Pennyroyal tincture in water every hour for five hours.<br><br>
Use Pennyroyal with care.<br><br>
If you do any of the tinctures, they taste nasty, so have some juice or lifesavers on hand to get the taste out of your mouth.<br><br>
You should have someone with you and be prepared with remedies for painful cramping. I used 800 mg ibuprofen and a heating pad.<br><br>
Acupuncture is also supposed to help.<br><br>
I'm sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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it's hormone level that is responsible. With my missed miscarriage hcg and progesterone levels stayed within the normal range for a few weeks and my body acted like it was pregnant. I think as the placenta doesn't develop your body normally recognizes that things aren't going the normal way and hormones drop. Having said that, some womens' bodies never recognize that the fetus isn't growing and that's a problem. I went ahead with a D&C myself. It just seemed easier than knowing I could go into labor and start bleeding randomly out and about.
 

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I had a missed m/c as well. I've heard that once you hit 12 weeks or so when the placenta is supposed to be taking over, your body *usually* recognizes finally what has happened. For me that was the case, I was 13.5w from LMP, but 12.5 weeks pregnant, and m/c naturally. The baby was measuring 8.5w. It sounds like you are a bit earlier, so you could wait it out, or take the herbs or do cyto or a D&C. Honestly, in your case, I'd probably help things a long a little bit.<br><br>
I've also heard that constant doses of Vit. C can help when they are under 6w. I'm so sorry for your loss, mama ((((hugs))))
 

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Thanks for the replies. I started miscarrying on my own last Thursday. I had a couple days of light bleeding and then 2 days of heavy bleeding, cramps, and my body expelled the sac and placenta. Now I am bleeding lightly-moderately. I go back in for an u/s in a few days. I just hope all is well and I don't end up needing the d&c anyway. I think everything is out but will just wait and see. Glad my body took care of things on its own this time around. Amazing!
 
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