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  1. mrskc

    bananas / 9357 posts

    I'm so sorry for your loss. hugs.

    I had one a few years ago before I had my first LO. I was put under. It wasn't bad at all physically. I felt fine the same day. My bleeding was minimal at first but after day 5-6, it got heavier. I passes some painful clots for 1-2 days and then the bleeding stopped by day 10. Like others said, emotionally was much harder. I'm so sorry you have to go through this.

  2. Alba4

    nectarine / 2951 posts

    I've had 2. First one was in a surgical center and the second at a hospital. Both went smoothly. I had minimal cramping after both. Spotted for awhile with the second. Both times I got my next cycle period back by 5 weeks.

    I like having the surgery since you can just be done and start to move on, but emotionally it is tough.

    My heart goes out to you. Take time to mourn, cry, eat ice cream, and heal.

  3. Modern Daisy

    grapefruit / 4187 posts

    I'm so sorry for your loss

    Mine was not under any kind of anesthesia and it was pretty terrible, I won't lie. It was painful and scary but at least super fast and minimal pain afterwards!

  4. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    I have been spotting the last 10 or 11 days anyway. I just want this over. I haven't had a real cycle since before I was pregnant with E. So I haven't had a cycle since June 2013. I am not looking forward to my cycle reappearing. I am still nursing E 3 times a day. We are getting ready to move to twice a day.

    Anyone have experience with Nursing a little and going through this D&C?

  5. dcw6411

    apricot / 382 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I am so so sorry.

  6. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts


  7. jaguar

    pomegranate / 3764 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I'm so sorry.

    We found out at 11 weeks that we'd lost our bub, and they rushed me in for a d&c the next day as they were concerned the progesterone I'd been taking would mean I wouldn't miscarry on my own. When I was waiting for the surgery, they had me take several tablets (misoprostol) which I took orally, which basically softens the cervix and helped to 'bring on' labour-like contractions. That was probably the worst part. About an hour later, general anaesthetic for the surgergy itself.. and then some time in recovery. I was full-time parenting afterwards, and I was okay. On/off bleeding for quite a few weeks, but never horrible amounts - and odd pains.

    Lots of hugs to you.

  8. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @jaguar: Thank you for sharing with me. I think about you often.

  9. MamaCate

    pomegranate / 3592 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I am so sorry for your loss. I had a d&c after a mmc identified at 12 weeks. I felt OK physically the next day but was surprised to be told not to drive for the next 24 hours due to the anesthesia ( I was under general anesthesia). I was able to have a friend come over and drive me to drop off LO at school but I was not expecting that. Not sure if that will be true in your case but wanted to pass it along for planning purposes. Hugs!

  10. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @MamaCate: thank you for sharing with me. We will be staying in the following day. We have a wide array of new movies to entertain my boys. We will also prepping easy foods for my boys to have next week after the procedure just so my solo parenting will be easier.

  11. sandy

    cantaloupe / 6687 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I'm so sorry

  12. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts


  13. yellowbird

    honeydew / 7303 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers

  14. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @yellowbird: thank you.

  15. Zbug

    persimmon / 1355 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I was still nursing during my d&c. Again though, I just took a tylenol with codeine before the procedure and didn't take anything else afterwards. My procedure was in the afternoon. I nursed before taking the pain medication and didn't nurse again until the next morning. I hid during bedtime, bc she would have freaked out about no nursing. I think she had an early morning wakeup, and I resumed nursing as usual at that point.

  16. mrsjyw

    GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22646 posts

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  17. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @Zbug: I am hoping to not be on anything too strong. E will not sleep without nursing. 😬
    @mrsjyw: thank you.

  18. autumnleaves

    pear / 1622 posts

    Thinking of you. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  19. Periwinkle

    pear / 1879 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I'm so, so sorry for your loss.

  20. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @autumnleaves: @Periwinkle: Thank you for the thoughts and prayers.

  21. mamabolt

    nectarine / 2797 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I was nursing my 2.5 yo morning and evening when I had mine. The anesthesiologist recommended I pump and dump that evening and then was fine to resume the next AM.

  22. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @mamabolt: I am hoping that I can still nurse that night. I don't have a pump with me anymore.

  23. simplyfelicity

    cantaloupe / 6634 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I'm so very sorry. My D&C went as smoothly as possible. I was really nervous about being put under but the worst of the D&C process was going so long without eating and spending all day at the hospital for a 30 minute procedure. I felt physically fine the next day. I bled lightly for a few days afterwards and them got AF 6 weeks later.
    Glad to hear you have such a wonderful support system.

  24. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @simplyfelicity: Thank you for sharing your story with me. I am not allowed to eat or drink after midnight on Sunday. That will be hard for me, but I will push thru.

  25. Nutella

    persimmon / 1045 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I'm so sorry

    My d&c was in August and it was really smooth sailing, no pain at all thanks to the general. I also had my husband work from home the next few days so he could watch our LO & I could lie in bed and rest. Think that was why I had minimal spotting until I started moving around. Like others said, I had a few clots/tissue come out on day 5 but after that spotting tapered right off. Had to wait 6w for period to arrive again.

    Emotionally I was up and down. Sometimes would think I was fine & 'over it', but then something would set me off and I wouldn't be able to function much.

    Hope you get lots of hugs and spoil yourself with whatever treats you love

  26. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @Nutella: Thank you for sharing with me. I wish my DH could take a few days off, but reality is we couldn't afford it.

  27. mrsjd

    clementine / 777 posts

    @MrsRcCar: Thinking of you today and hoping for as pain-free and smooth of a process as it possibly can be. Sending you lots of love.

  28. JoJoGirl

    cantaloupe / 6206 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I'm so sorry you are going through this.

    Like @Nutella my D&C was in August. It was really uneventful. The hardest part was being wheeled into the room and I felt better once it was over. I had a tiny bit of spotting and then more bleeding after 2 weeks, which was random. No cramping or discomfort at all. I took 2 days off (D&C and day after) then was back at work.

  29. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @mrsjd: Thank you for your thoughts.
    @JoJoGirl: Thank you for sharing with me. I am hoping everything will be minimal.

  30. MoreCoffee

    apricot / 320 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I'm so sorry to hear about this, sending you healing thoughts. I got a lot of caring, useful input here and I appreciated it so much.

    When I had mine last March, there really was not a lot of bleeding right afterwards. By day 3 post-op, I did start to bleed more and passed some grayish tissue that looked to me like pieces of the gestational sac. It wasn't painful but was unexpected. Overall, there was never enough pain or discomfort to keep me from low-key daily activities and child care. I'm hoping your procedure goes smoothly and you have a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself!

  31. twodoghouse

    honeydew / 7230 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending you lots of love today.

  32. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @MoreCoffee: thank you for sharing with me. I love this community for all the support and love they have given me through so much.
    @twodoghouse: Thank you. We are going to spend a low key weekend in to prepare for Monday's procedure.

  33. Shantuck

    pear / 1766 posts

    I'm sorry you are having to go through this. I just had a D&C three weeks ago and I was really worried beforehand. The end of the year was a really busy time at work and it was right before Christmas (we have a three year old) so I couldn't exactly slow down much. It was actually much easier than the natural miscarriage I had back in June. The logistics of it all were the most stressful part (figuring out who could get DS to school, explaining to my bosses that I would be unreachable during a busy work time, etc.). The actual procedure took 30 minutes and I was put under for it. When I woke up, I ate some graham crackers and drank ginger ale and was home 5 hours after having left the house. The cramping during my natural miscarriage was quite uncomfortable but there was only some mild cramping that was well-controlled with some Advil. My procedure was in the morning so I spent the afternoon watching Netflix and dozing in bed as I felt pretty sleepy from the anesthesia. By 5 p.m. I was able to join my husband and son for dinner and the bedtime routine. The next day I was back at work at my office job with no discomfort whatsoever and I bled very lightly for about 6 days. Honestly, my natural miscarriage was much more uncomfortable than this.

  34. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @Shantuck: Thank you for sharing your story. I am hoping that things will be relatively easy for us. We have limited support locally but there is some.

  35. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    All this worry maybe for not. I don't have my policy number for our new insurance so the hospital wants to pay 8,000 dollars just have this procedure Monday. It's not enough that this pregnancy is over and I have to wait the weekend to have a procedure. I may not get the procedure at all thanks to the new policies in accordance to the Affordable Care Act. Tell me how 8,000 is affordable.

  36. LCTBQE

    nectarine / 2461 posts

    @MrsRcCar: I am so sad for your loss. this update about the money is unbelievable-- insult to injury. that is outrageous, especially when it's possible to have it done in an OB's office with Tylenol 3, or frankly, same thing happens all day long at PP and it doesn't cost 8000 bucks.

    Is it possible that you could take misoprostol instead? Some women here have had not-bad-at-all experiences with that, and I know a few people IRL who also didn't think it was bad if they had codeine or something.

    even with insurance, we had to pay $2000 out of pocket for my labor day D&C when I checked into the hospital, and we got about $1000 in bills in the few months afterwards. in fact just got another today--for $17.

  37. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @LCTBQE: We got it all figured out in terms of insurance. DH made several phone calls while I took a hot shower to clear my head. We have the go ahead for Monday. I wanted a controlled procedure as much as possible because I solo parent 95%+ of my week. My doctor and I felt that the D&C would be my safest option. I am hoping our portion won't be terrible in terms of cost on our end. I am just ready for this to be over.

  38. LCTBQE

    nectarine / 2461 posts

    @MrsRcCar: oh, I'm so glad to hear this the thing that I appreciated about getting a D&C was that my body felt like it was mine again literally within a couple hours after I got home--even though it was agonizing emotionally, I didn't feel like I was being held hostage by a phantom pregnancy anymore. and yes, like you said, it does feel very safe. I hope you have a smooth surgery and an easy recovery. xx
    ETA: what a great husband

  39. MrsRcCar

    grapefruit / 4712 posts

    @LCTBQE: my DH is pretty amazing. I think sometimes I forget that, but I am very lucky to have him.

  40. Zbug

    persimmon / 1355 posts

    @MrsRcCar: just wanted to send some well wishes for today. Personally, I felt better (emotionally and physically) once it was all over. Hope today can bring you some small relief as well.

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