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May 29, 2012 - 5 comments

Okay ladies....I'm posting this for information so that you all may be a bit wiser should this situation happen to you.   As most of you know, I had a miscarriage on Easter.   I woke in the early morning hours in a huge pool of blood.   Contractions came every 4 minutes for about 6 hours expelling huge amounts of blood and "material".    After about 6 hours, I was feeling better and over the next few days the bleeding decreased.    3 weeks went by, I was still bleeding, so I phoned my doctor.   I had a beta done and it was still over 13,000.    She told me to do another one in 48 hours to see if it was decreasing.    48 hours later it was over 10,000.   At this point I was told that it was decreasing, and all would be fine.    Well.......it wasn't fine.   I never stopped bleeding, it was getting lighter, but never stopped.   Then Monday, May 22, I started bleeding huge amounts again with huge clots.    I thought perhaps it was just my monthly cycle starting so the bleeding would be more.    Well the bleeding and clots continued until Wednesday night where then it seemed like someone had turned on a faucet and just left it running.   the bleeding was horrible...I was afraid to go to sleep that night, so I stayed awake sitting on the toliet trying not to pass out.    Thursday I thought perhaps the bleeding seemed better, but I was wrong.   I tried to phone my doctor and left a message explaining the whole situation....she didn't call until 6:00 p.m. and THEN told me to go to the emergency department at the local hospital.    Again the blood is pouring out and no way to stop it...its everywhere.    The did a CBC and determined that I was 1 point away from neeidng a transfusion.    My cervix was open and uterus was enlarged.   THey called in a surgical team that night to do an emergency D&C.    Turns out I had piece of placenta left about the size of a 50 cent piece.    the OBGYN said that I probably wouldn't have made it thru another night of this bleeding or would have arrived in an ambulance vs. my own car.

so word to the wise....when you think something is wrong.....be persistent with your doctor.    I said to my DH on Tuesday....."I feel like something is wrong inside of me".   Famous last words....cause I was right, there was.

Everything is fine now, I'm feeling so much better and FINALLY onto a recovery after the Easter m/c.    

I hope nothing like this happens to any of you, I know in the future I will be much more demanding with my clinic.

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by Carly1306, May 29, 2012
wow how scary. Part of that story kind of makes me glad my body refused to miscarry naturally and I had no choice but to have the d&c. I'm so glad you stuck to your guns and knew something wasn't right. We know our bodies better than anyway, and it's important that we remember that. Hope you're doing somewhat better now.

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by Alexis2358, May 29, 2012
Thank you, I'm doing soooo much better.   The ER doc and the surgeon both said that my doctor should have continued the betas down to zero and/or done an ultrasound at some point.   8 weeks after the m/c, I STILL had a positive beta test.   I think IF....big IFFFF here....IF there ever is a next time, I will definately do the D&C.    It was quick, easy, I now know that my body is back on track and healing.    This was my 3rd m/c and I had the other 2 naturally and thought it would all be okay and a much more relexed way of dealing with the loss.   I was followed by a fertility clinic with the first 2 though, so I knew everything was out and was okay, but this time I was pg unexpectantly and no one followed me other than my family practice doctor.    It really was an unfortunate turn of events that I hopefully never have to experience again.

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by Carly1306, May 29, 2012
It really is one of those things though isn't it. You do think, especially after having 2 previous miscarriages that your body knows what it's doing and everything will pass. Sometimes it just doesn't work that way. I definitely agree that your doctor should have tested you until your BETA was down. When I had my missed miscarriage earlier this year, I opted to go natural but they would only let me do that with weekly ultrasounds if nothing had happened - that was their way of keeping their eye on me. After 5/6 weeks in total nothing happened and I opted for the d&c. I was so scared of it before, but so glad once it was done and if, god forbid, I have this happen again, I'd definitely opt for the d&c again. Some people say you should let your body take care of things, but that doesn't always happen and can be dangerous if left (like in your situation) so sometimes medical intervention is necessary.

Take care :)

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by mjmom69, May 29, 2012
Wow, how horrible! I hated the D&C but it was definitely better than that! Why was there so much blood, where was it coming from? I never understood that. Is your body using blood to try to clean out your uterus? I always figured that a miscarriage was only the blood in the uterus but I know that can't be true because so many women bleed so much. I'm so glad you are doing better!


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by Alexis2358, May 30, 2012
Thank you.    Well the way it was explained to us was that....your uterus is full of blood vessels.    When the uterus is ready to expell the pregnancy it dialates the cervix and then the contracts to push everything out.   When the placenta detachs it leaves open blood vessels on the wall of the uterus.   These continue to "weep" or bleed in their words to continue to push the contents or placenta out.    As they weep and bleed the blood will clot and then as the uterus fills then all that stuff comes spilling out.    If the uterus can't get that piece of placenta out, it continues to bleed to try to push it off and the bleeding just gets heavier and heavier until it either pushes it off or you get really sick.   apparently I just got really really sick cause your body can only sustain so much blood loss.     In hindsight now, I didn't think the D&C was too bad either, I certainly feel alot better now.

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