Mom to two angel babies
Natural miscarriage 7 weeks 5 days on October 13, 2011
(EDD May 28, 2012)
Misoprostal-assisted miscarriage 9 weeks 3 day on January 16, 2012
(EDD August 17, 2012)
My husband and I were married in January 2009. He came with three children from previous relationships and we had planned on having one of our own and working on that within the first year of marriage. Because of some things going on in my life at that time, we pushed it back a couple of years and in November 2010, I went off the pill and we were just going to stop preventing to see what happened. By August of 2011, nothing had happened, so we tried OPKs and got our first positive pregnancy test on September 15. We were elated. Our EDD was 5/28/12, which we thought would be perfect. The baby would be here before summer got too hot and it would be nice enough that birthday parties could be held outside, etc. On October 4, at 6 weeks, 2 days, we had our first prenatal appointment and all we could see on the ultrasound was a gestational sac and yolk sac measuring less than five weeks. They took a beta draw which confirmed the pregnancy was not viable. I was given the choice of having a D&C, taking Cytotec/Misoprostol, or waiting for a natural miscarriage. I chose to wait and see and within a few days I began spotting. The spotting was very off and on for about five days. Once things really started happening, it lasted 14 hours and was over. Our first angel left us on 10/13/11 when it should have been 7w5d.
Our doctor gave us the all clear to try again after one cycle, and on December 6, we got our second positive home pregnancy test. We were very leery of getting too excited about this pregnancy until we saw a heartbeat, but as time went on and my beta draws came back fine, we started to relax a little bit. I had four beta draws, all within the healthy doubling time. The last one was drawn about a week before our first prenatal appointment on 12/29/11. I should have been 6w6d that day, but again, all we saw on the ultrasound was the gestational and yolk sacs measuring only 5w6d. They took another beta draw and it came back indicating that I was “trending as if I were going to miscarry.” We had a follow up ultrasound on our third anniversary, 1/3/12, which showed no growth whatsoever. They went on ahead that day and took some blood for a basic RPL panel, which all came back normal. The doctor wasn’t offering to do more than that without there being a third loss, so we went home to weigh our options once again. I tried to wait it out for my body to catch on, but two weeks later, nothing was happening and I was going crazy, so we asked about Cytotec/Misoprostol. They called in the prescription and I requested a quick beta just for peace of mind that this truly was not a viable pregnancy. It actually came back elevated, but not enough to be considered viable, and my progesterone was well below the normal range. I began taking the Misoprostol and after three doses, everything was done. Our second angel left us on 1/16/12 when it should have been 9w3d.
After our second post-miscarriage cycle starts, we will be trying again and hoping and praying that the third time will be the charm.
Miranda blogs at http://babyaxsom.wordpress.com.
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