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Miscarriage at 7 weeks - what can I expect?

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BeattieBow Tue 12-Jul-11 08:13:46

I am just starting to miscarry at 7 weeks pregnant. I had a mmc at 12 weeks last year which was pretty horrific in terms of bleeding etc, and I ended up in hospital needing a blood transfusion.

What can I expect at 7 weeks? I am just bleeding now like a period - had cramping yesterday, but not today yet. I am wondering whether to go into work, but am worried that it could all go wrong at work. Emotionally I feel pretty bad and would like to get out of the house to think about something else. Also it is a very important day at work today and my boss would definitely judge me if I don't turn up.

Will it just be like a period or could I expect the whole massive blood clots/pieces of "matter"/hours sitting on the loo that I had last time (sorry tmi).


noddyholder Tue 12-Jul-11 10:02:23

So sorry BB look after yourself and maybe stay home just in case You don't want to add extra stress by worrying about what may happen at work. No boss could object to this surely? xx

Catsycat Tue 12-Jul-11 10:24:07

Hi there. Sorry for your loss, and that you are having to go through this a second time.

I had a mc recently at 10 weeks, and did have very bad bleeding and need an ambulance / A&E / emergency ERPC. I think I was lucky not to need a transfusion (poor you), they were definitely talking about the possibility at one point, but did go through 5 litres of fluid on 2 drips before I had the surgery. I was told that though my uterus had emptied, "matter" was stuck in my cervix, which couldn't push it out, and that was what caused so much bleeding. The very gushy bleeding did start very suddenly - I had enough time to get to the toilet, that was all, and the cramping didn't start till after the first big gush. Obviously I was a little further on than you are now, but not as far as your first mc, so not really sure how this would compare. I was however told that my pregnancy was only the size of a 5.5 week baby. What I have found on here is that there seems to be a lot of variation between how much bleeding different people have, even at the same stage of pregnancy, and what help they need with the mc, so it's difficult to say something helpful.

If it was not an important time at work, I would say without question that you should phone in sick. You really can't be expected to work at this time. Having said that, I do understand the pressure you must be under with work. How important is today for your job - are you absolutely irreplaceable? How well do you get on with your boss? Does your boss know about the previous miscarriage? Could you phone and explain what is happening, and that last time you got dangerously ill? Can you get home quickly from work if you feel worse?

I don't feel that I've helped much, but didn't want to leave you unanswered, and I guess you will have decided whether to go to work by now anyway.

I hope things will be physically easier for you this time, and that you won't have a repeat of what happened last year. Do take care of yourself, and come back to talk if it would help. x

BeattieBow Tue 12-Jul-11 11:56:50

I have come to work after all. It's ok at the moment. Am not v relaxed about huge blood loss, but it is better to be here than mulling it all over at home.

I will probably stay at home tomorrow though.

Thanks for coming back to me. catsy i'm really sorry about your mc - it's hideous isn't it? Hope you recover quickly.

Noddy it would be good to meet up sometime? are you going to the next meetup?

noddyholder Tue 12-Jul-11 12:08:31

BB I don't think so. Are you still in B?

willitbe Tue 12-Jul-11 13:21:29

BB - so sorry that you are going through this, (you know me under a different name on a different thread, that I popped back onto recently).
I am currently going through a m/c at 7/8weeks. For me this time it was just like a heavy af. Some clots, no bigger than a strawberry, and cramps have been minor, but others at this stage have more pain. I unfortunately (unlike all my other m/c's) am not losing this one as effectively as I should, so I am having more scans to come. I stopped bleeding after a week, but there is more to come for me.

Unfortunately every m/c is different and so no-one can tell you what will happen, but doc's do say that it is not until you get passed 9 weeks that there is a risk of heavy bleeding requiring hospital. So although you will probrably get heavy bleeding it should be managable. Pain-wise, it can go anyway, from none to very bad.

I hope it goes easily for you.
Did you have it confirmed at the hospital that you are m/c, or is it just that you are bleeding that you think you are m/c?

Sorry again to hear you are going through this again.

noddyholder Tue 12-Jul-11 18:08:44

How are you now? Not sure where you are but if you need anything give me a shout am around all week bar Thursday xx

SootySweepandSue Tue 12-Jul-11 18:23:06

I had a MC at 7 weeks. Heavy bleeding, cramps and a few very large clots that came all at once. I would stay at home if at all possible.

I took a week off but more for emotional stuff as I couldn't stop crying. When I did DP took me for a day to Windsor and we did nice gentle things like a ferris wheel. When I look at the pictures I can see my sadness.

Sorry for your loss. Hope you get through ok and get another BFP very soon.

BeattieBow Wed 13-Jul-11 07:14:48

hi there. Noddy I'm not in B, but will be on Friday (mc permitting) - are you around then for a coffee?

willitbe I've realised who you are - so sorry you're going through this again. I am going through the "it's not fair stage" now. but it's bloody not is it?

yesterday was ok, but I'm going to stay at home today. Do I need to see a dr to arrange a scan? is there any way of telling whether I will have a complete mc without a scan?

noddyholder Wed 13-Jul-11 23:42:55

Hi let me know how you are thurs pm and we can arrange something but you sound like you need to rest I am around Friday though x

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