One miscarriage... 12th week

by J.J

I just miscarried... I was around 11 and 1/2 weeks pregnant.

About 2 weeks ago I stopped feeling pregnant, my boobs weren't sore anymore and I no longer had nausea, and I had more energy. I was told this was normal for a lot of people.

Four days before my m/c I noticed a small amount of brownish discharge on my underwear. I contacted the Dr. and she told me that this can be normal, and if it was a m/c there is very little I could do to stop it. Over the next 2 days there was very little discharge and I felt great. So I went skiing, (8kms) I went slow and steady, knowing I had to be careful not to overheat. In hindsight I wish I never went.

As soon as I got in I noticed there was reddish/ brown blood in my underwear. I called the dr. and she suggested that I rest and put my feet up and if the bleeding gets worse, or if I start have cramps to call her. I live in a remote community so there is no ER.

My bleeding stopped, and I went to sleep. In the middle of the night I woke up to pains in my lower back that moved towards my cervix, and they came in rhythms... and I knew they were contractions. I was in a lot of pain. I passed 3 blood clots and went to the health centre. I tried my hardest not to let the contractions to take over. I tried so hard to keep the baby in there... which I knew was not going to work but I had to try.

I bled a lot, but no cartilage came out at all, just dark red blood... eventually the contractions stopped, but the gestational sac had not come out. They did a pelvic exam and said my cervix was open and the gestational sac was blocking it. My heart sunk! I had a D&C the next day.

My husband and I are devastated. I have no idea why I miscarried, I have so many questions. How would I know if I do not produce enough progesterone? I had irregular periods before I got pregnant? 38, 25, 42, 52, 25 does this have anything to do with the amount of progesterone I produce?

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Apr 29, 2011
One miscarriage... 12th week
by: Wray

Hi JJ I know how you feel as I had 5 miscarriages, all within 8 weeks. Your cycle was very irregular, has anyone checked you for PCOS? If you do have it, it would account for the irregular periods, plus a low progesterone level. We only make progesterone in the last 12-14 days of our cycle. Although once pregnant the ovaries continue making progesterone. The placenta normally takes over round about 8 weeks. But if it wasn't making sufficient, it would account for the miscarriage. Stress does drop progesterone levels, all my miscarriages were caused by stress, so the skiing would not have helped. Particularly as you'd already had the discharge. There is no way of telling how much progesterone you are making when pregnant, apart from a test. As you will no doubt want to fall pregnant again, please see our page on Pregnancy. I always recommend starting progesterone before pregnancy begins, this gives you the time to get over the Oestrogen Dominance which often occurs. Please also have a vitamin D test done, most of us have too low a level, it's vital for ovulation and foetal growth, see here, here, here, here and here. This is an excellent video too, see here. For more info please see the Vitamin D council and GrassrootsHealth websites. Take care Wray


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