How do I know when I have passed the foetal sac during miscarriage?

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Monkeybrain10 Sat 08-Jun-13 22:37:50

Sorry if it is tmi, but many people mention the sac and when the baby passed etc but all I know is that I had many days of ridiculously heavy bleeding and passed numerous large clots (at least one was literally a large handful) and many smaller. They all looked like red clots. I was 9 and half weeks and still bleeding (more like period) now which is 3 weeks later.
I am curious about the sac thing as I feel a little bit stupid for not knowing which bit was our baby :-(
Big love and hugs to anyone out there who has or is having mc.

Boco2 Fri 15-Aug-14 15:32:13

Hi ladies,
Firstly I'm so sorry you're experiencing a miscarriage - I'm currently going through a medical one and it's a pretty miserable experience (I feel slightly in shock still - the bad news, then the hideous pain of the meds that made me feel unbelievably ill and now just feeling v sad). I think I've just passed the yolk sac - it'll literally slipped out after waiting a couple of days for the bleeding to start (I'm still only bleeding lightly) - when it passed it felt solid and round. I couldn't really see it in the toilet bowl and have just flushed it away but am now sitting here wishing I hadn't and that I'd scooped it out and found it somewhere nice to be buried. Wishing you all lots of support from your loved ones and a speedy recovery. As my Mum has said, hopefully there's another baby waiting in the wings for us all. X

northdownmummy Fri 15-Aug-14 12:10:53

Really pleased to hear your happy ending monkey, it's giving me some hope of happier days ahead

Heathcliff27 Thu 14-Aug-14 11:00:54

Congratulations monkey thanks

hismissuspj Thu 14-Aug-14 10:50:50

Hi I found out 2 days ago when I should of been 12 weeks my baby only made it to 5 as u mc at 5.5 how did u know your baby had passed through please im hoping baby goes naturally

longestlurkerever Sun 13-Jul-14 09:27:47

Aw Monkey That has just set me off crying! Opened up this thread to post my experience and delighted to read the happy ending. Sorry to everyone going through this. May you get your happy endings too.

bakingtins Sun 13-Jul-14 06:45:59

Congratulations monkey smile

DifferentNow Sun 13-Jul-14 01:29:51

How lovely! Congratulations Monkey.

Hobby2014 Sun 13-Jul-14 00:21:45

Congratulations Monkey. Very pleased for you smile xxx

Monkeybrain10 Sun 13-Jul-14 00:13:20

Hi orangesumr, yes my post was a year ago but hopefully your comments may help someone else. Pleased to report i got pregnant again and currently have a 1 week old in my arms :-)

orangesumr Mon 16-Jun-14 00:38:23

I just realized that it was June 2013, not June 2014. oh well.

orangesumr Mon 16-Jun-14 00:37:39

You've probably already went and had gotten everything taken care of, but I just had my first miscarriage and I too didn't really know what to expect. I knew it was going to be painful and bloody, but I didn't realize how painful. For me, it was almost worse than a c-section. It all happened pretty quickly though. I started spotting on Wednesday, light cramping on thursday with some more bleeding, on friday i had the same thing then on Saturday I had crazy labor type cramping. I didn't know what to take so, I didn't take anything until I called my ob-gyn who was on call that day and she told me 4 motrin. As soon as I took the pain pills I felt much better. But, the pain felt like labor pains and my cervix felt like it was throbbing. I passed blood, and clots. Then on Sunday I woke up with intense cramping and I passed lots of clots/tissue and finally I passed the yolk sac ( I was technially 10 weeks, but I was measuring 6 weeks 1 day and had been measuring that for 3 weeks via ultrasound. It never became a baby, always stayed a yolk sac). The yolk sac for me was about 2.5 inches long, oval shaped, and bloody. I didn't really get a big look at it. Because I was just so relieved that it came out that I took a look and then I flushed it down the toilet. And as soon as it passed, the cramps went away and only light bleeding. I go in on Tuesday to make sure everything is out.

For me, it was just a HUGE relief to get it out of me. I had already detatched myself from it because I knew for 3 weeks that I was going to miscarry. I still cried because it has an emotional time, but I also felt such a relief for passing it too.

Monkeybrain10 Thu 20-Jun-13 10:04:20

Thanks vix :-)

vix206 Wed 19-Jun-13 19:45:59

Monkeybrain, I hope you are over the worst of it now physically, and now just take the time you need to heal emotionally.

Monkeybrain10 Wed 19-Jun-13 14:27:22

Thanks everyone for sharing. I have just got out of hospital after a second bout of horrendously heavy bleeding and passing masses of large clots again..just like it was 4 weeks ago. They pulled out what appears to have been the gestational sac...it has been hanging around far too long! On my 4th lot of antibiotics and hopefully on the road to recovery. It explains why I never saw anything other than blood and clots tho. Thanks again for the support.

MissMedusa Wed 12-Jun-13 21:15:48

I just went through this on Monday. I miscarried at exactly 10 weeks but the baby had died at around 7 weeks. For me the sac was unmistakable as it was grey/beige while everything else that came out was red. The sac was about the size of a large grape and was partially open, the embryo was about the size of my pinky fingernail and although it was outside the sac it was still attached by a tiny chord. I had sharp pains and heavy bleeding for about an hour before passing the sac and then a minute or so later I passed a large amount of red tissue, the consistency of the flesh of a plum and almost the size of my fist, I suspect this was the placenta though I suppose it could have been lining as well. After that the pain and bleeding got significantly less.

I spotted for exactly 3 weeks before the actual miscarriage happened and now, 3 days later I'm still bleeding like a light to medium period.

Monkeybrain10 Tue 11-Jun-13 19:20:03

Thanks everyone. All the best to u all thanks

Monkeybrain10 Tue 11-Jun-13 19:19:54

Thanks everyone. All the best to u all thanks

RainyDay7 Tue 11-Jun-13 00:17:56

Hi Monkey, I am so sorry your going through all this.
I miscarried at 10 weeks but baby stopped growing at 6, my first pregnancy. I went through several periods of heavy bleeding( more like gushing, it was like someone left the tap on!)
I had really heavy bleed while in the EPU and they thought i had passed everything but found I hadn't passed the sac in a scan 10 days later. I decided to opt for the ERPC as I just wanted to get it over with but I had to wait over a week. That week I had at least three more periods of heavy bleeding sometime they lasted 10 minutes and one night 4 hours! and like you I wasn't sure what the sac looked like and I really wanted to know. I think more than anything I didn't want to go through the ERPC if I didn't have to so I wanted to know if it had passed. I spoke to a nurse at the EPU and she said that clotts look like raw liver and tissue is more gray. She also offered me a scan an hour before my scheduled ERPC. It really put my mind at rest that I didn't have to look for the sac as the third scan had shown that baby was gone and it was just the sac left. As it turned out I didn't manage to pass the sac on my own and had to have the ERPC anyway last monday. It's strange as they have never talked about my HCG levels and seemed to have relied more on scans. I have just been told to take a pregnancy test 3 weeks after the day they did the ERPC. Just 2 weeks to go. I hope this is some help. Hugs.

blueshoes Mon 10-Jun-13 21:59:29

I miscarried at 7 weeks. Apart from bright red bleed, I passed a grey sac that was unmistakable. It was only about the size of a marble but I knew what that was instantly. From the size I guessed that the baby stopped growing quite soon after conception.

AnyFucker Mon 10-Jun-13 21:47:38

hello, I am sorry for everyone's losses, so heartbreaking

I have had two mc's. The first one was 6wks, so mainly blood loss only

The second was at 9 wks, and I did see part of the sac. I went to the loo, wiped and there was a piece of what looked and felt like a deflated, bloody, wrinkly but very tough balloon. I do understand it might be easy to miss though if you have passed some large clots.

All the best x

Monkeybrain10 Mon 10-Jun-13 21:37:40

Thanks sqizita and vix - i appreciate u telling me how it was. It seems it can be so different for everybody, but hopefully by sharing it might help someone else to not feel so alone and confused.. people on mumsnet were so supportive and helpful when i was right in the height of mc which we are so grateful for. ..and they still are! Huge thanks again.

vix206 Mon 10-Jun-13 18:44:49

Monkey I'm sorry you're going through this. I'm on my phone so I'm going to be brief. I passed an obvious sac after 5 days of bleeding. It looked just like a pickled onion confused it's the only way to describe it. I was 7 weeks pregnant and it was the size of a large pickled onion, and was white and gelatinous. Nothing like all the other clots I passed.

Once I passed that the bleeding slowed down.

Nobody talks about this stuff, I was totally unprepared for what I saw.

squizita Mon 10-Jun-13 09:49:42

monkey so sorry to hear what you're going through. I have had 2 natural MCs, in both cases the sac broke up - I got tissue and stuff which looked like the skin of a sac amongst the clots, but nothing definite. Scans afterwards and blood tests showed everything had passed though. So it really does vary.

If in doubt your EPU can scan/test - they should offer follow up anyway.

Monkeybrain10 Sun 09-Jun-13 22:54:22

Thanks st4rfish, it helps to know i'm not being totally stupid in not knowing! :-) I'm sorry to hear of your loss too. U are right about the wanting to look thing - I'll be honest, I was just astonished at the quantities - the human body really is fantastic and fascinating so i keep reminding myself that it knows what it's doing more than i do (even if seems cruel).

St4rfish Sun 09-Jun-13 20:04:34

Hi Monkey. Hope you're feeling a bit better. If it helps, I didn't know what I was seeing either. I had medical management in hospital at 12 weeks and had to give everything I passed to the nurse in cardboard bedpans (nice). The blood was so dark that I couldn't really determine what was a blood clot/tissue/sac etc. The nurse was obviously poking around looking for it though as she said she thought I'd passed it. The stuff I passed two weeks later (miscarriage was incomplete) was bright red and in huge pieces that was obviously more 'womb lining' than placental tissue. I wouldn't feel silly about not being sure - the whole thing is horrific anyway and having to look at it all coming out of you is a bit like looking at a car crash - half of you wants to look and the other half doesn't!

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