S.T. asks from Troy, NY on March 25, 2009
D&c? - Troy,NY
I just found out today that I lost a baby, 10 wks (I have three other children) and they were about to do D&C but I had a TERRIBLE reaction to the stuff they were using and I had an almost death experience and felt as if I had a stroke too and then I had a seizure on top of it all and ended up in the ER. I am okay compared to before but saddened by the fact I miscarried. My question for you ladies is what do you know about D&C and I heard that my body will pass the baby and if that is so, why are the drs so quick to do D&C?
So What Happened?™
I want to thank all the ladies for their thoughtfulness and letting me know what they know and experienced. Because of the terrible experience from injection to do D & C, it wasn't completed until the following night. The day after I found out the baby died and had a bad reaction to the injection, everything was coming out and it took 6 hours for all things to pass. It was the most painful thing and I kept my focus and thoughts and trust in Jesus Christ who gave me the strength and courage and peace through it all. When they found I still had some left in my uterus, they decided to sedate me and suction it out which took 10 minutes and I was waken up and everything was fine. Praise God I am alive and healthy to tell my testimony. Any questions or doubts on your part about Christ and all, let me know and I'll help you along the way with Biblical scriptures to back it all up.... thank you Jesus and thank you ladies! :)
A.G. answers from New York on March 26, 2009
I am sorry for your loss. I had a miscarriage in July 07 and had it "naturally" I don't know about the D&C but know that my body did it all natural. Some times that works sometimes it doesn't. I think the dr. are fast for D&C because of the risk of infection. I was 6w4d and miscarried the day after "trouble" started. The doctor suggested a d&c but I refused. He said that we may have to go that route if the total miscarriage didn't take place within a few days due to infection. Again so sorry. A.
B.C. answers from New York on March 26, 2009
Hi. I'm sorry about your miscarriage, I had one myself and know how painful it is.
Why where your doctors so in rush to do a D&C? Your body should expel on its own within 3 months (12 weeks) and if it doesn't, get an injection - it's called Methotrexate. That's what I had. It forces the fetus out if it doesn't expel on its own. It's like a forced miscarriage but a lot more pleasant than a D&C (and less risk on future pregnancies). You get the shot, and within 24-48 hrs, you get bad cramps (yes, take painkillers) and then you'll run to the toilet and expel pieces of stuff that looks like chicken livers (I know, it sounds nasty). But trust me, it's better and no funky objects go into your body. I hope your age doesn't affect whether you can have the shot or not. Also, after the shot, you can get pregnant again after like 3 months. Best of luck. Let me know if you have questions. Remember, it's your body and your choice what you want done to it or not.
A.T. answers from Syracuse on March 26, 2009
I think for a couple of reasons. One, you can get an infection so the D&C will prevent that and it makes sure everything has come out and that you are completely cleaned. Also, the emotional turmoil one may go through while waiting for the body to pass the baby may be unbearable for some women.
I had a friend who miscarried and she begged the Dr's for a D&C and they wanted her to wait and pass it on her own. It was an awful experience for her emotionally.
They should put you under for a D&C and they are really no big deal.
I had one after my first child because I hemmorhagged.
I'm not sure why you had a bad reaction but that's something the Dr's should know and if they do I'm sure there are other medications that can be used to put you under or even slightly under.
I am so sorry for your loss and wish you the best during this time.
E.E. answers from New York on March 26, 2009
First of all, I'm so sorry for your loss and that you had such a rough time with the D&C. It sounds like you have lots of love and support from your family to help you get through it. It helps to talk about it and even have a religious ceremony to acknowledge the loss of your baby.
As far as the miscarriage goes, my best friend went through the loss of a pregnancy at 14 weeks and she insisted on doing it naturally. It was almost like a mini labor, so many women would rather not go through that. My friend found it cathartic and said feeling the pain helped her get through it. But I think (I could be wrong) that since you were a bit earlier on, that it would not be as bad as it was for her. As long as your doctor is monitoring you, I think it's safe. The doctor's concern is if there is anything left inside you that does not pass, this could cause an infection and it could be very dangerous for you. That is why many doctors routinely do a D&C to prevent this.
L.B. answers from New York on March 26, 2009
S., so sorry for your loss. I know how hard miscarriages are as I have suffered through three myself. I had a D&C with one of them because I was also ten weeks and it was not passing on its own. I think docs are quick to do a D&C because most women just want to get back to "normal"..the waiting part can be very traumatic. Good luck to you and be kind to yourself.
L.M. answers from New York on March 26, 2009
I too just had a miscarriage at 10 weeks. I did not have the D&C. my doctors gave me a choice to wait a few days to see if my body passed everything. I had several ultrasounds over the next two weeks to see what was left. I had an 'all clear' nod from the doctor just shortly before the 2 week mark of the begining of the bleeding. it can take longer I heard and they often recommend the D&C if things are not done at 2 weeks. I also had an ectopic pregnancy before this and had no D&C then either. I passed that one as well. with the ectopic there was more concern but again different doctors said to wait and see before a procedure. I had a beautiful little girl between the two loses. she is Zoe, Life in Greek. a true gift from God. a blessing long waited for and fulfilled by God.
I say the doctors you saw were indeed quick to opt for a D&C. depends on the doctors and your choice.
K.H. answers from Utica on March 26, 2009
Sympathy to you S.
I am so sorry for your loss!
My prayer is that you know that the baby is now home with Jesus and that your dear mother knew the Lord as well and can now hold that wonderful child.
Jesus is the only way to get through anything, and if you want to just visit, write me.
God bless you with His peace and energy to see your older children with new appreciation.
K. --- SAHM married 38 years --- adult children 37,33,and 18 yo twins.
T.O. answers from New York on March 26, 2009
I'm sorry for your loss.
I just found out that they recommend D&C because women can hemorrhage with a "natural" miscarriage. Apparently, the bleeding is less with a D&C.