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    Hi folks.
    I just found out that my baby died at 6 weeks, I am supposed to be 12 weeks now. This is my second m/c. my 1st baby also died at 6 weeks, and was also a "missed m/c". At that time, I wanted my body to do what it needed to do on its own, but that didnt happen within the first 2 weeks, and so we tried induction with cytotec (synthetic prostaglandin), which also didnt work, but i ended up m/c-ing about 3 weeks after the baby had died.
    This time around, my doctor is suggesting a d&c because the baby died so long ago, and my body just doesnt get it. I have read about what a d&c is, and what it entails, but i was hoping to get some personal insight into this. Im really scared about this- I'm scared of general anesthesia, I'm scared of the risks like uterine perforation and scarring and... Im just scared. But I feel that it is probably the best choice for me this time. I know it is probably difficult to talk about for some, but if you have had a d&c, would you mind sharing your experience with me?
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    First, I'm so sorry for your loss.

    This is a very fresh experience for me as I just had a d&c for a missed m/c on Monday night. My baby also stopped developing at 6 weeks, when I should have been 9 weeks along. I didn't want to wait it out because I hadn't started bleeding or cramping and I just wanted it to be over with and get out of limbo land. I was very nervous about the general anestetic because I've only been out once before for my wisdom teeth. I arrived at the hospital at 5:30, procedure scheduled for 6. They got me in a gown and on a bed and another nurse came in and put in my iv. We did all the paper work, then they wheeled me into the or. The nurses got me set up on the table, strapped my arms down, hooked me up to the monitors and then the anesthesiologist (sp) came in. The drugs they gave me to put me out really burned my hand going in, but it didn't take long for me to go out. They started promptly at 6 and I was wheeled into recovery at 6:35. The only thing I didn't like about the procedure is that I was awake and alert when they took the tube out of my throat, that was less than fun! Otherwise, it was a pretty straightforward procedure and I was home by 8:30.

    It was the right choice for me, and I'm glad I did it. I think the risks of uterine perforation and infection are very small, and the scary thing for me was waiting to miscarry and then having to have a d&c anyway. Let me know if you want to chat, I'm around and I can pm you my email or phone #.

    I wish you all the best.

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    hi honey im so sorry for your loss...((hugs))..I had a d&c about 5 months ago in september...so after the procedure I felt slightly bloated and I really didnt feel to much pain maybe some slight cramps nothing too bad I also took 800mg of motrin so that helped...afterwards the flow wasnt to intense it got heavy maybe the 3 day and it ended in 10-13 days...Try not to do any heavy lifiting I learned that the hard way..I did some heavy lifting and got the most awful cramps ever....if you notice that you start bleeding heavily big clots like you soak one pad in less than in hour then you need to call the doctor...other than that its not as bad as I thought...hang in there girl if you ever need to talk please pm me im always checking my messageds...hope I helped...

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    I'm so sorry you are going through this! {{{HUGS}}}

    I had my d&c a week ago. Honestly, I didn't think twice about the risks involved. I had m/c where I let my body do it's own thing and , well, I couldn't go through that again. It was horriffic to me. So I elected to have the procedure done the day after the dr. confirmed the m/c.
    I actually felt fine the next day, but the day after that I was sore and it lasted for a week. After the first day, I didn't bleed much. I walked slowly and took it easy.

    I also elected to have the procedure because testing could be done and possibly a reason would be found.

    I hope this helps in some sort of way.

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    I am sorry for your loss.

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    Im so sorry for your loss and your pain. I had the exact same fears of the aneasthetic (sp) I was terrified. If you look back over some of my previous posts, I was a mess before I had it. I went to the operating theatre in floods of tears. I can honestly say it was no-where near as bad as I thought it would be. It was only a couple of seconds till I was under, then it seemed like I was woken up in an instant. I had barely any pain or bleeding after and certainly no problems at all. The nurse told me that they did about 10 of these procedures each day. Complications barely ever arise. I can understand why you are frightened though, cause I was too. But after having it done you will realise there really is nothing to worry about. I was 9 weeks when I found out and baby had died about a week before. The dr told me that it could take me ages to miscarry naturally, and I could not deal with walking around knowing I was pg, but not IYKWIM? I had a week between finding out baby had died and d & c and I just spent everyday panicking and worrying and changed my mind about whether I would have it done or not on a daily basis. In the end I realised I was putting myself through mental torture, and if I did not go ahead, it would do me no good at all. There was no sign of any bleeding or anything. I was so worried that I looked in to every other option except d & c. On the day I went it, I was shaking and could not even talk to anyone, but I knew I was making the right decision. The second it was over I knew I 100% had made the right decision. Like I said I had barely any pain or bleeding. I wont pretend the emotional side has not been incredibly rough on me (but I am sure you know that anyway having had a previous loss) but the physical side was as painless and easy as could be. Please feel free to pm if you want to talk or ask any more questions. My d & c was only 5.5 weeks ago, so still all very fresh in my memory and im sure I would be able to help you. Where you are now is the hardest part, figuring out what to do when you are in such a sad situation. This is such a hard decision to make. Any operation is a worry, but a million times more so when you are faced with the emotional sadness of having lost your baby. Please be easy on yourself, and know that your worries are completely normal. I know exactly how it feels to be in this situation, and I am so sorry for what you are going through and your worries and fears. Sending you lots of hugs, support, sympathy and comfort.

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    First off, as I've said before, I am very sorry.

    I had a D&C done with my last loss. It was a missed m/c. I should have been about 12w5d, but he was measuring between 9-10 weeks with no HB. Because of the situation, I had an emergency D&C to be able to fly and move the next day to a new country. That being said, if you can avoid, personally I would. I truly didn't have a choice, because of my situation, otherwise I would have never opted for it. I did a lot of research afterwards, when we got to Germany, to see how long the baby could have stayed in me before my body got a clue. Some sources states 6-8 weeks, I probably wouldn't have waited that long if I could. But here is my pros and cons list:

    Pros:
    Some people think it helps with the healing process sooner
    The passing of the baby isn't painful, more than likely you will be out for the procedure

    Cons:
    The aftermath can still be very painful. Although you don't have the pass a baby, uteral lining can still come out. (I had this experience).
    I bled for about 6 weeks straight after my D&C, just like having a period
    If you want to start TTC, there is absolutely a weight time with a D&C because your uterus becomes a hostile enviornment with no lining for a few months

    It truly is a hard decision to make, but only one you can choose. No matter which way you go, you're gonna feel weak, tired, icky, blah... overall. I've had 3 "natural" losses and then one missed. I prefered the natural way over a D&C, but only you can make that decision! I'll be thinking about you! Sending lots of hugs and support!

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    Im sorry for your loss. I had my d&c almost 3 weeks ago. I actually was bleeding, but had been fairly heavy for a week, and the baby was still in my uterus, so I decided (because I have kids and my dh travels) I couldnt be home alone with an emergency situation should I start to bleed a ton. I was put under what is called "twilight sleep". Its not being put under all the way, but you absolutely do not remember nor feel a thing. I actually was asleep the minute I got into the OR. Its very easy to come out of and its the same type of anesthesia they use for like colonoscopy and things, its safer, and like I said its quick to come out of and I dont believe they intubate for it. I had no pain at all after my d&c, didnt even need to take a single tylenol or anything. My bleeding was almost nonexistant after either. I spotted just a day or two. I was really glad I did it. I havent talk to my doc about how long I need to wait to ttc, but some women on this board have said they were told to wait 3 cycles, some were told by their docs they only needed to wait 1 cycle after their d&c (I posted this quiestion to the pregnant after a loss board), so I think there might be some various opinions out there for that from docs. Good luck. I hope whatever you decide, it goes smoothly, and I hope your emotional healing can start! Take care.

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    i just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing your stories with me. they have helped a lot. i still havent made a final decision, i still have to talk to my midwife and my OB and get their feelings on it, and a few IRL friends who have gone through it as well. it feels like i can make a more informed/balanced choice after having read your stories.
    thanks so much.
    i'll keep you posted of course.
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    I just had a D&C 2 weeks ago and physically it was best for me.The bleeding afterward was hardly anything.Spotted for 4 days then nothing more.No pain afterward.Of course like any loss the emotional part is still hard.Best of luck with whatever you decide,it is your choice and you do what is best for you.

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