Pregnancy Loss

Dealing with a miscarriage can be devastating. While many may pass off a miscarriage as a pregnancy that "just wasn't meant to be", these words rarely help to relieve your grief. Although a miscarriage can be an isolating experience, it doesn't have to be. Women who are or who have previously dealt with a miscarriage are often a great resource to those currently suffering from a pregnancy loss. Share your words with us and share your support with other women.

It is best to avoid using stimulants during pregnancy. Amphetamines and dextroamphetamines are powerful drugs and when taken during pregnancy, they can cause miscarriage, early labor or birth defects. You may want to ask other women if they have had personal experience with this.


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miscarriage @ 6 wks


I am a lesbian in a LTR (8 yrs). My partner & I have a beautiful daughter who will turn 4 in a couple of mos. We conceived our daughter via donor sperm from a sperm bank & then paid almost $400.00 a year to store our remaining 3 vials. Partly because we didn't necessarily want to pay the storage fee for yet another year, we decided at the last minute to ttc @ home this past December. And-- it worked! My first positive pregnancy test occurred on Christmas Day 2009, exactly 2 wks from conception. We were thrilled, convinced that God had sent us this baby despite our obstacles (2 women ttc @ home/ i.e., "turkey baster method"!!). All was fine until week 6. At work, I noticed some spotting. Because I had been through a subchorionic hemorrhage w/dd @ 7 wks, I was paranoid. We rushed to the ER, & my bleeding became heavier. At the time, I was working a night shift, so the only open places were hospitals. Plus, it was a Friday night. The ER ran an ultrasound, & the dr. assured me that I had a "normal 5-weeker". But I knew in my heart that something was wrong, b/c the ultrasound tech wouldn't tell me whether or not she saw a heartbeat. And any u/s tech worth their salt can see a heartbeat, even @ 5 wks. So, we went home, & sure enough, the bleeding con't. It went from spotting to full-on bleeding, just like a period, but heavier. My cramps were agonizing & radiated from my back, around my pelvis, and down my thighs. Normally I do cramp, but only briefly, and only in my front. The bleeding was horribly heavy; I used overnight pads for a few days. I didn't experience clotting, which I thought was strange; w/dd, I expelled huge, golf-ball sized clots during the subchorionic hemorrhage (sorry if t.m.i.). Anyhow, even despite the pain, what really devastated me was my complete loss of pg symptoms; my breasts went from extremely sore & firm on Friday to loose bags of flesh by Sunday. I didn't "feel" pg anymore. The nausea was gone; all I had was an extremely heavy period & an overwhelming sense of loss. The hormones were horrible, & my moods fluctuated like crazy; I mean, I went from being pg to not in the span of a weekend. At the ER, I was told that my HcG level was 1,500. By Monday, it had gone down to 217.
Well, that's my experience. I hope it helps someone. My partner & I tried another at-home insem in April that didn't take. We just tried another cycle last week @ a dr's office, & I'm praying that I'm pg. This was our last vial. If this doesn't take, then we won't try again. Some symptoms, but we'll see ...
Thank you.

Elisa






Cameron

My nipples had been hurting for a week and I just thought maybe it was a symptom of my period coming, but then I realized I never had symptoms of my period coming. That was when I realized, tender nipples is sign of pregnancy. For the next week and a half I took a total of 6 pregnancy tests, all which came out negative. But my instincts told me I was pregnant, so did my mother's. Finally, one night, I had gotten home from the store and got the sudden urge to take a pregnancy test. It was positive. Over the next week, I proceeded to take 4 more tests, all which came out positive. I went to the doctor and they said I was indeed pregnant, about 5 weeks. I was absolutely ecstatic. I had always wanted a child, and I was finally going to be a mother!! I told everyone I knew that I was going to have a child, and even some strangers!! I had gone out and bought clothes, pacifiers, a bottle brush, all sorts of stuff. But in the back of my mind, I knew I should have taken it easy with the buying, and I was paranoid. At 10 weeks, 3 days before my first scheduled ultrasound, I woke up with light bleeding. I was told this was normal, but my instincts said something was wrong. I asked my sister to drive me to the hospital, where they admitted me right away. After having tests done, and an emergancy ultrasound done, the LAST thing I thought it would be was a miscarriage. I thought maybe I was just being paranoid and there was nothing wrong. But I was wrong. The doctor came in and told me that my son had died at 6 weeks, and I had had a missed miscarriage. I opted to go home and let it happen naturally. Over the next 2 and a half days, I was in intense pain and bleeding heavily. Finally, I felt an intense urge to push, so I went into the bathroom and gave my strongest push, and out popped my tiny little child, into my hand. I stared at him in shock, not knowing what to do. I was home alone. So I wrapped him in toilet paper, told him I loved him, and laid him in the toilet, and flushed. I cried so hard that night, I didn't know if I had any tears left. I continued to bleed heavily for the next 2 weeks, and had to be put on medication because of all the blood loss. It's been 8 and a half months since I lost my son, and I still miss him everyday.
Cameron, I love you with all my heart. I know God is taking such good care of you, and that you're looking down on me and protecting me.

Danielle






miscarriage at 14 weeks

hi im 23 years old, i had a delayed miscariiage at 9 weeks before xmas it was a devastating time. In Feb 09 i found out i was pregnant again we were so happy we had the scan at 11 weeks which showed a gorgeous little baby we coulcnt be happier then at 14 weeks i had cramping all day no bleeding i rang the midwife who told me to get bed rest but later that night the cramping got really painful then started clotting i knew that i had lost my baby again i am so devastated by this loss and i feel so low my partner has been amazing but at the momment a cant see the light at the end of the tunnel.

francheska






Fibroids

Hey, I was wondering if my miscarriage may have been due to the fact that I have multiple seedling uterine fibroids, that I never knew existed until recently. My doctor never said anything when I had the miscarrieage last year. I want to try and conceive again and wanted to make sure that evrything was fine so I had a pelvic exam done.

Is there any one who has multiple seedling uterine fibroids and have brought a baby to term? I was just about 19 weeks.

Tadia






loss at 5 weeks, exactly

I found out that I was pregnant using an HPT, exactly 28 days into the cycle. I wasn't sure whether I should believe it, as this was my first time. My husband and I kept our fingers crossed. I tested again 36 hours later, and then again after 36 hours more. Beyond doubt, I was pregnant. Initially, we wanted to keep it to ourselves. But this was such a happy occurrence, that we wanted to share it with our nearest family.

Just 3 days into my "known pregnancy", I heard about the death of a young man, a friend's family member. I was very upset for his parents, knowing how devastated I would be if that were to happen to the tiny little life inside me.

Fear began. It just sounded too good to be true that it would be a live and full pregnancy and birth. Exactly at 5 weeks, I tossed around in bed all night, woke up early to see spotting and a negative HPT. Then, bleeding, and it was all gone... even before my first scheduled pregnancy appointment.

This was 2 days ago. I know it isn't her fault, I know I want her pregnancy to be wonderful and I know that I want mother and child tp have a long and fruitful relationship; but right now, I really, truly hate someone I know who has the same LMP... I read that this is normal.

I am still crying for no apparent reason. Something akin to postpartum depression because the hormone levels crashing down? I don't know. If it is chromosomal abnormality that caused the miscarriage, why in the world should imperfect combinations even get fertilized??!! I have no answers. Only questions.

My husband has been nothing but supportive of my erratic ways despite the fact that he is just as devastated by the loss. I cannot help seeing him as the enemy just a tiny bit, however. I told him so.

I was told to wait for at least on normal period, whatever that is supposed to mean, to begin trying to conceive again.

Fingers crossed.

sang vi







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